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Getting Credit for What You Know is a free, online, one-credit undergraduate course through Metro State University.

Metro 100 is a free, online course that empowers students to build their own path to a new career, a new job, or a bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree in a program that reflects the future you want. What you already know and can do from your life, work, and community-based learning matters, and your college-level learning can be assessed to earn you the credit you deserve.

Course details

  • METRO 100 is online and free
  • Starts: Tuesday, October 18
  • Ends: Sunday, December 11
  • One required virtual kick-off meeting on Tuesday, October 18, from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Course highlights

Earn college-level credit at reduced tuition through assessment of your prior experiential or non-credit learning, called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Use learning from military training and experience.

Study on your own and then take inexpensive standardized tests, for waiver or credit.

Earn credit through newly planned student-directed learning such as independent study or internships.

Combine some prior learning and some new learning through an accelerated Theory Seminar.


  • APPLY as a visiting undergraduate student, take Metro 100 for free, set your goals, and earn one credit toward your education!
  • Students will need to have copies of their transcripts from all previous institutions by the start of the class.

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Course description

This one-credit course is designed for students who wish to examine the various options for gaining credits for learning outside the formal college or university classroom. Options explored include using military experience toward a degree, taking standardized tests in areas of your learning, earning credit from approved courses offered by business and human service agencies, pursuing assessment of prior experiential learning, and learning about Metropolitan State theory seminars. These options may not duplicate credit you have already on a college transcript. In the class, students do a self-assessment of their skills and abilities, write an educational goals statement, and identify ways to earn credit from non-classroom learning that are consistent with individual goals. Within the class, students will assemble the necessary evidence to directly pursue these alternative options of earning credit.

METRO 100 is fully online