• A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

For matriculated students: Credit is offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) under specified conditions for non-traditional students who have acquired mastery of a subject through experience or other avenues outside the traditional classroom setting.

Acceptability of a particular program should be confirmed, in writing, by the Registrar.

Both traditional and non-traditional students must seek approval from the Registrar. The approval must be obtained PRIOR to completion of a CLEP exam. Click here to download the appropriate approval form. If you are a traditional student, you are required to petition to the Committee on Academic Standards (CAS) for exam approval; forms for petitioning can be found online by clicking here.

For non-matriculated students: Normally credit will be granted only to students who meet College entrance requirements and who matriculate for a program of study leading to a degree. The granting of credit will not by itself guarantee that all prerequisites for advanced study have been met. Students who have completed work in elementary courses by examination are urged to consult a departmental advisor before registering for advanced work in a subject.

The table below lists approved CLEP exams and required scores:

Exam Title and Category Required Score*
Accounting, Principles of 50
Business Law, Introductory 50
Financial Accounting 50
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50
Management, Principles of 50
Marketing, Principles of 50
Composition and Literature
American Literature 50
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50
English Composition (with or without Essay) 50
English Literature 50
Freshman College Composition 50
Humanities 50
Foreign Languages
French Language, Level 1 50
French Language, Level 2 62
German Language, Level 1 50
German Language, Level 2 63
Spanish Language, Level 1 50
Spanish Language, Level 2 66
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 50
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 50
History of the United States II: 1865 to Present 50
Human Growth and Development 50
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50
Microeconomics, Principles of 50
Psychology, Introductory 50
Social Sciences and History 50
Sociology, Introductory 50
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50
Science and Mathematics
Biology 50
Calculus 50
Chemistry 50
College Mathematics 50
Natural Sciences 50
Precalculus 50

* The scores that appear in this table are the credit-granting scores as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The scores listed above are equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course.