Military LOPES Credit Evaluation

Grand Canyon University recommends all military students have a pre-evaluation of previous college and military experience to assist in determining if GCU is the right fit for your education goals. Military students have earned potential college credits through military training and experience that has been evaluated and credit recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE). A Military Enrollment Counselor will assist you in obtaining unofficial copies of college transcripts from all previous schools / universities attended and military service transcripts.

Find out how your previous college credits and military experience will transfer to Grand Canyon University with our Lopes Service. This free service was created to help students understand exactly how their credits will transfer and how quickly they can earn their degree at GCU.

Grand Canyon University students may transfers in 30 Military Credits plus 30 Alternative Transfer Credits for a total of 60 potential transfers from military training. All credits evaluated must meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy specific course requirements in order to be transferred in towards the degree program.


Military Training

Military students may transfer a total of 30 credits from military training. Military training can be evaluated from the following Military transcripts:

  •  Army/Navy/Marines - Army (AARTS) & Sailor/Marine (SMARTS) ACE Registry Transcripts can be obtained: . Veterans separated prior to 1976 should submit a DD214 for evaluation
  • Air Force - Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts can be obtained: Veterans separated prior to 1950 should submit a DD214 for evaluation.
  • Students who are unable to obtain military transcripts may submit a DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) for evaluation of college credit. 

All credits evaluated must meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy specific course requirements in order to be transferred in towards the degree program


Alternative Transfer Credit Options

Students may transfer a total of 30 credits from all of the following alternative transfer credit options combined:

Two primary military Alternative Transfer Credit Options include CLEP and Prometric DSST Exams (Formerly DANTES). Certain restrictions apply to these programs. Credit will only be given when it does not duplicate credit previously earned and is not for a course more elementary than one for which the student has earned college credit.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) 
Developed by College Board.Org CLEP has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 40 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,700 test centers. This rigorous program allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

Learn more about CLEP Exams

Prometric DSST Exams (Formerly DANTES) 
This wide range of examination programs may assist service members in meeting their educational goals. They include:

  • Credit-By-Exam - CLEP, DSST
  • Entrance Tests - ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT
  • Other - GED, Praxis

These examinations are administered on over 500 military installations by thePrometric DSST Exams Test Control Officer (TCO), who is normally the Education Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for the military installation, or by base-sponsored National Test Centers. About 150,000 Prometric DSST Exams-sponsored examinations are administered each year to military personnel.

Learn more about the Prometric DSST Exams (Formerly DANTES)