As a student with military service, you have a wide array of experiences. In accordance with Arizona HB 2270, the University of Arizona is committed to helping you leverage these experiences as part of your educational career.
Ways to Earn Credit for Your Service
Your JST contains courses recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The University of Arizona uses ACE recommendations and university transferability guidelines to assess credit for U.S. military service and training for undergraduate students. The University of Arizona will accept up to 30 units of ACE-recommended military credit as transfer work toward a bachelor’s degree. To review our most current credit articulations, see American Council on Education in our Transfer Credit Guide. Please read the instructions for using the Transfer Credit Guide for military credit HERE. Visit the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation for transfer credit evaluations (including military credit) and questions. For experiences not listed in the Transfer Credit Guide, consult with your academic advisor.
In addition to ACE-recommended courses, credit can be received for basic training. Recruit or basic training on JST and CCAF transcripts is awarded credit based on time in service (i.e., consecutive months of active duty in the armed forces, terminated under honorable conditions):
- 1 year or more: 8 units
- 9 months: 6 units
- 6 months: 4 units
- 3 months: 2 units
- Less than 3 months: no credit
Many degree programs require proficiency in a second language, and many service members learn second languages as part of their military career. Depending on how these languages were learned, there are several different options for language review.
- Second language proficiency credit will be awarded for languages completed through the Defense Language Institute (DLI). Ensure that your DLI transcript has been sent to the UA.
- Spanish, French and German proficiency can be assessed through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP provides college credit based on test scores; active duty military members may have access to one free test attempt.
- You may have other language experience as a native speaker or through previous schooling. You can assess your Spanish, French, German, Russian and Latin through a proctored exam from the College of Humanities.
- If you have experience with any other language not listed above, we can still assess these experiences for proficiency or through our Critical Languages Program.
While not on a transcript, there are other skills and knowledge bases you have gained from your time in the military. Many students find that with preparation, they may be able to pass a test that can award them additional college credit. The UA accepts test credit from CLEP and DSST. You can see the most up-to-date information about test acceptance and credit awards in the UA Catalog.