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Alternative Credit/Study Options

In addition to regular classes, students may receive college credit when they participate in the following alternative credit and study options.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Sacramento City College grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. A student who meets the following requirements may receive credit for exams they successfully passed:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student is in good standing, which is defined as having completed twelve (12) units of credit and having a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of AP scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Review the AP Credit Chart to see how Sacramento City College grants credit for AP exams.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Sacramento City College grants credit for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. CLEP scores fulfill general education areas only; they do not fulfill graduation competencies, requirements for any major at Sacramento City College, or enrollment limitations (such as prerequisite requirements) for any course at Sacramento City College.

A student may receive credit for CLEP exams they have successfully passed once the following requirements are met:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student has completed twelve (12) units of credit and has a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Visit College Board's College-Level Examination Program website to learn more.

CLEP scores are not accepted for transfer to the University of California. Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of CLEP scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Review the CLEP Credit Chart to see how Sacramento City College grants credit for CLEP exams.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Tests

Sacramento City College may award college credit for international baccalaureate (IB) higher-level course completion, if the course work is compatible with the college's curriculum. No credit will be granted for lower-level course work completed in the IB program.

A student who meets the following requirements may receive credit for IB tests they successfully passed:

  • Official copies of test scores are on file with Admissions and Records
  • Student is in good standing, which is defined as having completed twelve (12) units of credit and having a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)

Review the IB Credit Chart to see how Sacramento City College grants credit for IB tests.

Students should be aware that other colleges and universities have the right to accept, modify, or reject the use of IB scores towards their graduation requirements. Check with your counselor to determine whether these test results will be accepted at the transfer institution of your choice.

Students who have earned credit from an IB test should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.

Credit by Examination

Under special circumstances, and with the concurrence of the department, students regularly enrolled and in good standing who believe they are qualified by experience or previous training may take a special examination to establish credit in a course in which they are not formally enrolled.

Instructions
  1. Download the Petition for Credit By Examination/Course Challenge (PDF) or obtain a copy from the Division Office.
  2. Go to the Division Office to determine if you can challenge a course via the credit by exam process.
  3. After receiving approval and signatures from the Division representatives, take the form to Admissions and Records to determine eligibility (you will not be enrolled in the course at this time).
  4. If eligible, then go to the Business Office to pay the appropriate fees.
  5. Take the completed form to the instructor who will collect the form and administer the exam.
  6. The instructor will submit the completed form and results to the the Admissions and Records Office for processing.
  7. You will receive a letter grade unless you also fill out the Pass/No Pass grade request.
  8. The Admissions and Records Office will post the credit by exam course and grade at the end of the semester.

Credit for Military Service

Veterans may receive credit for military service if they present papers showing honorable discharge from active duty of one year or more in the United States armed forces.

How to Apply

After you have completed one semester at Sacramento City College, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member copy 4) separation paper and a petition to the Admissions and Records Office.

You may be eligible to receive the following credit (if applicable):

  • Three (3) units of living skills graduation requirements
  • One (1) unit of elective credit

In some circumstances, veterans may also receive credit for satisfactory training completed in service school.

Guidance from the American Council on Education

Credit granted for military service is based on A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education.

Students in the six-month reserve training program are not eligible for military credit. This is in accordance with the recommendation of the American Council on Education.

Students are encouraged to contact a counselor for more information.

Distance/Online Education

Sacramento City College offers instruction via the internet. This includes online course sections where all work is carried out online, and partially online course sections where instruction is divided between online and in-person modalities.

To be successful in online courses, students need to be self-directed, motivated, and able to independently complete and electronically submit assignments on schedule. Students will also need reliable access to a computer and basic internet skills.

Online Classes

In online classes, classes meet online and all coursework is done online.

Partially Online or "Hybrid" Classes

Partially online classes feature a mix of online and in-person meetings and coursework. Class schedules will indicate the day/time of the in-person, on-campus class sessions.

Online Learning Platform

All online classes are offered through Canvas, a cloud-based learning management system used by faculty and students within Los Rios Community College District.

Learn more about online education at Sacramento City College.

Independent Study

An independent study course involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses, pursuant to an agreement among the college, faculty member, and student(s). Independent studies require regular meetings between the student and instructor. Additionally, the instructor may require examinations or other measures of evaluation, field trips, term papers, and other assignments.

Please note that some four-year colleges and universities do not accept units granted through independent study. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor for more information.

For the appropriate petition and course proposal form, please contact Admissions and Records.

Study Abroad

Study abroad can be an enlightening, maturing, and life-changing experience. Students are challenged to re-examine themselves, their attitudes, and their studies as they learn to understand new and different cultures. In cooperation with the American Institute for Foreign Study, Los Rios Community College District offers unique study opportunities in cities such as:

  • London, England
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Florence, Italy
Requirements

To study abroad, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in good academic standing with 12 college units completed by the time you go abroad
  • Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.25

During the 13-week Study Abroad program, all students take 12 units – a three-unit Life and Culture class, an additional Los Rios class, and two other classes from the list of offerings.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for study abroad.

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities

Learn more about current and upcoming study abroad opportunities.

Work Experience and Internship Program

Work experience is an academic program in which students apply what they have learned in the classroom to a job or internship and work to earn college credits. There are two types of programs: vocational and general.

For more information, please visit the Work Experience and Internship Program.