Life Experience Program

Life Experience ProgramNote: This program is open to matriculated students only.

The Life Experience Program is designed to provide matriculated students with an alternative method of obtaining college credit. Knowledge acquired from a combination of work experience, non-credit courses, seminar training and workshops may translate into college credit. If you can document your experience and articulate the learning that resulted, you may be eligible to receive life experience credit.

The means by which you demonstrate your prior learning is through a portfolio assessment. The academic department responsible for the course you are seeking credit for evaluates the portfolio. On the average, applicants receive three to nine credits, but more is possible. Not every course can be evaluated through the Life Experience Program, and not every department participates in this program. The evaluation and granting of Life Experience credit is at the discretion of the academic department chair and faculty. Before you apply, meet with an advisor in the Office of Continuing Education to determine if you are a good candidate for the Life Experience Program.

How to Apply for Life Experience Credit

Obtain an application and a college catalog from the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. Only students matriculated in a degree program at Hudson Valley Community College will be considered for the Life Experience Program.

Review the courses required in your curriculum outline and compare the course descriptions with the knowledge you have gained as a result of your life experience.

Select those courses in which you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter. The number of credits granted through the Life Experience Program will be equal to the number of credits listed in the college catalog for each course.

Submit the application and a copy of your most recent resume to:

Hudson Valley Community College
Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 231
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

After we receive your application and resume, it is forwarded to the appropriate department chairperson to determine whether or not your request for credit has merit. If it does, you are assigned a faculty evaluator and given guidelines for developing a portfolio.

Additional Information

If you have questions or would like more information about the Life Experience Program, call (518) 629-7338 or send an email to

Students interested in obtaining credit for military experience should contact the Registrar's Office at (518) 629-4574.