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Transfer in Credit/Credentials

Transfer Credit

If you have completed course work at another college or university and want to receive transfer credit at LFCC, follow these instructions:

  1. Submit official transcripts from each institution you have previously attended for evaluation.
  2. Submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form
  3. You may be requested to provide course descriptions from the schools by the Admissions and Records Office

Credit may be transferred only from colleges and universities that (a) are accredited by the Commission on Colleges or the Commission on Higher Education of the regional accreditation associations, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or (b) conform to the requirements published in the Transfer of Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Military Transcripts

Some of your military credits may transfer into college credits. In order to evaluate what military credits will transfer, follow these instructions:

  1. Submit an official military transcript to the Admissions and Records office
  2. Complete and submit a Transcript Evaluation Request.

To request your official military transcripts, follow the links below:

Please note that all transcripts that are to be evaluated must be official, which means they must be sealed.

Service Members Opportunity College (SOC)

LFCC has been designated an institutional member of SOC, a group of colleges and universities providing voluntary postsecondary education to members of the military worldwide.  LFCC recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and eases the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experience as well as other nontraditional sources.  Those interested should contact the Admissions and Records Office.

International Transcript Evaluation

Transfer credit may be awarded for course work completed at international colleges and universities that are accredited or approved by the appropriate Ministry of Education or other governmental agency. Follow the steps below to have international course work reviewed for LFCC credit.

  1. Have your international transcript(s) evaluated by a professional organization or agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluators or is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. The fee for this evaluation and the time required for completion of the evaluation varies with each agency, and is the responsibility of the student.
  2. Request a course-by-course evaluation. Document-by-document evaluations will not be accepted by LFCC for transfer credit.
  3. Instruct the evaluation agency to mail an official report directly to:
    Admissions and Records Office
    Lord Fairfax Community College

Middletown Campus
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA 22645-1745

  1. Complete and submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form. This will alert the Admissions and Records Office that a transcript is on the way.

International transcripts submitted to LFCC without a course-by-course evaluation by a qualifying organization or agency will not be reviewed for transfer credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs

AP/IB examinations generally follow the successful completion of AP/IB courses in high schools where AP/IB courses are taught.  LFCC awards credit for completion of selected AP examinations on which a score of three, four or five is achieved.  LFCC accepts scores of 5 or higher for the higher level test for International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.  

To receive credit, students must:

  1. be admitted to the College,
  2. be admitted to a program,
  3. submit a copy of their score report printed from the College Board website or sent directly from the College Board for AP or submit a copy of their score report printed from the International Baccalaureate Organization website or sent directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization for IB
  4. submit a signed Transcript Evaluation Request Form.

Credits awarded by LFCC may or may not be accepted at other institutions. Students are encouraged to contact the college or university to which transfer is anticipated to determine the institution's policy regarding AP/IB course credit. 

AP Exam Course Equivalents

ExaminationMin. ScoreLFCC Equivalent course(s)

Art: History of

3

ART 101-102 (6 credits)

Art: Studio-General

3

Determined by portfolio

Art; Studio-Drawing

3

Determined by portfolio

Biology

3

BIO 101-102 (8 credits)

Chemistry

3

CHM 111-112 (8 credits)

Computer Science A

3

CSE EEE (3 credits)

Economics: Macro

3

ECO 201 (3 credits)

Economics: Micro

3

ECO 202 (3 credits)

English Language & Comp

3

ENG 111-112 (6 credits)

English Literature & Comp

3

ENG 243-244 (6 credits)

Environmental Science

3

ENV EEE (3 credits)

French Language

3

FRE 201-202 (6 credits)

French Literature

3

FRE 233-234 (6 credits)

German Language

3

GER 201-202 (6 credits)

Government & Politics: Comparative 

3

PLS 120 (3 credits)

Government & Politics: United States

3

PLS 135 PLS 211 (6 credits)

Human Geography (2001)

3

GEO EEE (3 credits)

History: European

3

HIS 101-102 (6 credits)

History: United States

3

HIS 121-122 (6 credits)

History: World

3

HIS 111-112 (6 credits)

International English Language (APIEL)

3

ENG EEE (6 credits)

Latin: Vergil

3

LAT 201-202 (6 credits)

Latin: Literature

3

LAT 201-202 (6 credits)

Mathematics: Calculus AB

3

MTH 173-174 (10 credits)

Mathematics: Calculus BC

3

MTH 173 (5 credits)

Music Theory

3

MUS 111-112 (8 credits)

Physics B

3

PHY 201-202 (8 credits)

Physics C: Mechanics

3

PHY 241 (4 credits)

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

3

PHY 242 (4 credits)

Psychology

3

PSY 201-202 (6 credits)

Spanish Language

3

SPA 201-202 (6 credits)

Spanish Literature

3

SPA 233-234 or SPA 271-272 (6 credits)

Statistics

3

MTH 240 (3 credits)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Equivalents

ExaminationMin. ScoreLFCC Equivalent course(s)

IB Exam

Score of 5

Score of 6 &7

Biology

BIO 101, 4 credit

BIO 101-102, 8 credit

Chemistry

CHM 111, 4 credit

CHM 111-112, 8 credit

Computing Studies

CSC 201, 4 credit

CSC 201-202, 8 credit

English A1

ENG 111, 3 credit

ENG 111-112, 6 credit

English B

ENG 111, 3 credit

ENG 111, 3 credit

French A1 or B

(101-102) no credit

FRE 201-202, 6 credit

Geography

GEO 220, 3 credit

GEO 220 + GEO elect., 6 credit

German A1 or B

(101-102) no credit

GER 201-202, 6 credit

History

HIS 101, 3 credit

HIS 101, 112, 6 credit

History of the Americas

(only if 5,6 or 7)

HIS elective, 6 credit

Mathematics

MTH 173, 5 credit

MTH 173-174, 10 credit

Philosophy

PHI 101, 3 credit

PHI 101-102, 6 credit

Physics

PHY 201, 4 credit

PHY 201-202, 8 credit

Psychology

PSY 201, 3 credit

PSY 201-202, 6 credit

Social Anthropology

SOC 211, 3 credit

SOC 211-212, 6 credit

Spanish A1 or B

(101-102) no credit

SPA 201-202, 6 credit

Visual Arts

ART 131, 3 credit

ART 131-132, 6 credit

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

LFCC provides CLEP testing services and recognizes most CLEP general and subject examinations.  College policy is periodically reviewed and students should request current information from counselors and faculty.  Students should also consult colleges and universities where they plan to transfer.  The College testing center is an open CLEP center, providing test administration to LFCC and other students

Please contact the college testing centers for information on CLEP registration processes, fees, and schedule.

LFCC CLEP LIST

Composition & Literature

CLEP Test TitleRequired ScoreCredit GrantedEquivalent Course

American Literature

50

6

ENG 241 & 242

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

50

6

ENG 251 & 252

College Composition

50

6

ENG 111 & 112

*English Composition (with or without essay)

50

6

ENG 111 & 112

English Literature

50

6

ENG 243 & 244

*Freshman College Composition

50

6

ENG 111 & 112

*Test titles are no longer available. Test scores prior to July 1, 2010 will receive credit.

History & Social Sciences

CLEP Test TitleRequired ScoreCredit GrantedEquivalent Course

History of the US I

50

3

HIS 121

History of the US II

50

3

HIS 122

Human Growth & Development

50

3

PSY 230

Humanities

50

6

HUM 201 & 202

Introductory Psychology

50

3

PSY 200

Introductory Sociology

50

3

SOC 200

Principle of Macroeconomics

50

3

ECO 201

Principle of Microeconomics

50

3

ECO 202

Western Civilization I

50

3

HIS 111

Western Civilization II

50

3

HIS 112

Science & Mathematics

CLEP Test TitleRequired ScoreCredit GrantedEquivalent Course

Biology

50

8

BIO 101 & 102

Calculus

50

6

MTH 271 & 272

Chemistry

50

8

CHM 111 & 112

College Mathematics

50

6

MTH 151 & 152

Pre-Calculus

50

6

MTH 163 & 164

Foreign Languages

CLEP Test TitleRequired Score LevelCredit Granted LevelEquivalent Course Level

1

2

1

2

1

2

French Language

50

59

8

14

FRE 101 & 102

FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202

German Language

50

60

8

14

GER 101 & 102

GER 101, 102, 201 & 202

Spanish Language

50

63

8

14

SPA 101 & 102

SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202

IC3® - Computer Competency Certification Exam

LFCC requires many degree-seeking students to demonstrate proficiency in computer operations and software applications.  Students may demonstrate proficiency in core computer competencies by passing each of the three sections of the IC³- Internet and Computing Core Certification (Computer Competency Certification Exam).  The three sections cover topics in Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online.  Each section must receive a passing score to achieve the LFCC computer literacy requirement.   

Credits awarded by LFCC by Computer Competency Exam may or may not be accepted at other institutions.  Students who do not pass the exam must take a computer course such as ITE 115. Please contact the Middletown or Fauquier Campus testing centers for more information on the IC3 Exam.  Students unsure whether to take the IC3 exam or take the computer course recommended by their course of study should refer to their faculty advisor or counselor for program specific guidance. 

DSST (formerly known as DANTES)

The College recognizes some DSST's (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests).  College policy is reviewed periodically; therefore, students should obtain current information from counselors and faculty.  Students should also consult colleges and universities where they plan to transfer.

DSST Exam TitleMinimum Score 2003Minimum Score after 2008LFCC EquivalentNursing Gen Ed RequirementCredits Earned

Fundamentals of College Algebra

47

400

MTH 158

 

3

Principles of Statistics

48

400

MTH 240

 

3

Art of the Western World

48

48

ART EEE

 

3

An Introduction to the Modern Middle East

47

47

HIS 252

 

3

Human/ Cultural Geography

48

48

GEO 210

 

3

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

45

45

HIS EEE

 

3

A History of the Vietnam War

44

44

HIS 277

 

3

Western Europe since 1945 New Exam

 

45

HIS EEE 

 

 

The Civil War and Reconstruction

47

47

HIS 277

 

3

Foundations of Education

46

46

EDU EEE

 

3

Life-Span and Developmental Psychology

46

46

PSY 230

PSY 230

3

General Anthropology

47

47

SOC 211

 

2

Substance Abuse (formerly Drug & Alcohol Abuse)

49

400

HMS 251

 

3

Introduction to Law Enforcement

45

45

ADJ 110

 

3

Criminal Justice

49

400

ADJ 100

 

 

Fundamentals of Counseling

45

45

HMS EEE

 

3

Principles of Finance

46

400

FIN EEE

 

3

Principles of Financial Accounting

49

47

ACC 115

 

3

Human Resources Management

46

46

BUS 205

 

3

Organizational Behavior

48

48

BUS 201

 

3

Principles of Supervision

46

400

BUS 111

 

3

Business Law II

52

44

BUS 242

 

3

Introduction to Computing

45

400

CSC 110

 

3

Introduction to Business

46

400

BUS 100

 

3

Money and Banking

48

48

ECO EEE

 

3

Personal Finance

46

400

FIN 107

 

3

Management Information Systems

46

400

ITE 120

 

3

Business Mathematics

48

400

BUS 125

 

3

Business Ethics and Society New Exam

 

 

BUS EEE 

 

 

Here's to Your Health

48

400

HLT EEE

 

3

Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet

46

46

HLT EEE

 

3

Principles of Physical Science I

47

47

PHY EEE

 

3

Physical Geology

46

46

GOL EEE

 

3

Astronomy New Exam

 

48

NAS EEE 

 

 

Technical Writing *

46

46

ENG 115

 

3

Ethics in America *

46

400

PHI EEE

PHI 220

3

Introduction to World Religions

48

400

REL 230

 

3

Principles of Public Speaking **

47

47

CST 100

CST 100

3

* Consists of an optional essay portion. Check with your college or university to distinguish if this is required. Prometric will not score.

** In addition to a minimum score of 47 on the multiple-choice test, an examinee must also receive a passing grade on the speech.

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 38 of DSST courses. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in the workplace or other settings outside traditional higher education.

Portfolio Development and Assessment

Prior Learning Activity for Credit Evaluation (PLACE)

Standard Process and Procedure for Portfolio Course Credit (PLACE)

 PLACE: (Prior Learning Activity for Credit Evaluation) allows students to develop portfolio based on their experiences to demonstrate learning equivalent to one or more college courses.  If accepted by the faculty, the student is then awarded credit for the course or courses.  PLACE is for adults who have gained college level learning through work, volunteer activities, participation civic and community assignments, travel, independent study, and similar "life" experiences.

I.          Responsibilities:

Administrator (indicated below): Will meet with the student and apprise them of the process and assist in determining if the student is eligible to pursue the PLACE program. They will refer the student to the appropriate faculty member for further review of eligibility.

Middletown and Luray Page County Center – The Dean(s) associated with the specific course in which the student wishes to earn credit through PLACE.

                        Fauquier Campus- Associate Vice President of Instruction.

 

Student: Responsible for registration and payment for SDV 298 and development of portfolio.

Faculty: Responsible for signing the SDV 298 paper registration, portfolio review and the determination of credit to be awarded. Faculty members are not required to accept the responsibility of doing portfolio evaluations.

SDV Instructor:  Instructs the SDV 298 course, guides the students through the development of their portfolios, and submits a grade for the SDV 298 course.

  1. SDV 298:       

A three-credit Portfolio Development course (SDV 298) is required of all students wishing to obtain credit for experiential learning.  The purpose of the portfolio course is to direct students in the preparation of a portfolio for each course for which the student wishes credit. Students will be awarded credit by faculty if the portfolio is successfully completed. Students are provided with a course content summary for each course for which they wish to receive credit.  SDV 298 will meet in a traditional classroom setting for at least once per week for 12-weeks and may require some online components.

Each portfolio consists of six parts:

1) A life history (mainly work history) paper to introduce the student to the faculty evaluator and to help the student remember his or her many lifetime accomplishments;

2) A chronological record, which is a short synopsis of year-by-year experience related to PLACE content;

3) A goals paper, which helps the student focus and shows the faculty evaluator where the student plans to go in the short term and long term future;

4) A narrative of competencies, which describes where learning took place and a very detailed description of that learning based on the course content summary;

5) A copy of the course content summary; and

6) Documentation of each statement made of major accomplishments and learning experiences (transcripts, letters of verification, job descriptions, performance evaluations, pictures, tax statements, audio tapes, video tapes, samples of work produced, computer programs written, etc.)

III.       Registration Process

1) Before enrolling in SDV 298 a student must meet with the appropriate administrator who will make certain the course is available for credit through PLACE. Additionally the administrator will direct the student to meet with a faculty member who can initially assess the adequacy of the student's life experience to attempt credit through PLACE. The Administrator will also make the student aware of any transfer limitations on credit earned through PLACE.

2) The faculty member will advise the student if the student's life experience is adequate to attempt credit through PLACE.  If it is determined that the student can attempt to earn credit through PLACE the student will obtain a signature from the faculty member and the SDV 298 instructor on the registration form.  It is the student's responsibility to adequately document the life experience in SDV 298.

IV.       Tuition Requirements

  1. Students must register and pay for the SDV 298 course (3 credits).
  2. No refunds are granted after the portfolio evaluations have been completed.

V.        Portfolio Review

a. The faculty member has one full semester to review and grade the portfolio.

b. Faculty members will be paid 1/10 of a credit for each portfolio reviewed.

c. PLACE credit is awarded based upon recommendation of the faculty member evaluating the portfolio. The faculty member will submit a form to the Admissions and Records Office indicating credit to be awarded upon portfolio evaluations.

VI.       Students may be awarded up to 15 credits through PLACE, plus the three-credit SDV 298, towards an associate degree. Students may receive up to 10 credits toward certificates and career studies programs through PLACE. In special cases, students may receive more credits through PLACE; to do so they must submit a detailed letter of justification to the Vice President of Learning who will approve or disapprove the request.

VII.     Credit earned through PLACE may not be used to meet the residency requirements for graduation, but the three credits from SDV 298 do count toward residency.

VIII.    The PLACE program is offered at the Middletown and Fauquier campuses. Student information about the PLACE program shall be made available through the Office of Student Services at each campus. For more information about the PLACE program you may contact or 540-868-7161.

LFCC utilizes a number of methods to assess prior learning. Credit earned through prior learning assessment may help some students progress more quickly toward a college degree or credential, saving both time and tuition money. 

Please note that credit awarded through advanced standing is applicable only to Lord Fairfax Community College's curriculum requirements.  Students are advised that credits awarded through AP examinations, International Baccalaureate, articulation, CLEP examinations, credit-by-examination, credit-by portfolio, or other means of advanced standing may not be accepted in transfer by other post-secondary institutions.  Students are advised to work closely with an advisor and refer to the transfer requirements established by specific institutions.   

Review the full Advanced Standing Guide

 

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