Cuesta College affirms that there is merit in awarding college credit for other than the traditional classroom experiences when those experiences represent learning that may be validated. Therefore, Cuesta College awards credit according to the policies stated below.

  • Advanced Placement Examination: Cuesta College recognizes the completion of College Board Advanced Placement Exams (AP), authorized by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Credit is awarded based upon the criteria established by the college. Advanced placement scores may be ordered by calling the College Board at (888) 308-0013.
  • Credit for Educational Training in the Military: For currently enrolled students, in good standing, who have completed at least 12 semester credits of “C” average work at Cuesta College, the college may grant up to 12 elective semester credits in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education for educational training completed in the military service. Educational work completed through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) will also be accepted with no unit maximum. For more information contact the Veterans Resource Center.
  • Credit by Examination (Challenge of Courses)
  • Independent Studies
  • High School Career Education Articulation: Local high school students may receive Cuesta College credit for approved technical and vocational courses, through the San Luis Obispo County Tech Prep Articulation Agreement process. A specialized “Credit by Examination” process allows high school students to challenge the content and/or skill proficiency of specific courses, provided a valid Tech Prep articulation agreement between the student’s high school and Cuesta College is maintained.