Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

As an institution that embraces the diversity of its students, the University of Maine is committed to the academic needs of its adult learners. Often, adults enter or re-enter UMaine after years in the work force, the military and a wealth of other life experiences. In recognition of the skills and learning obtained in these areas, UMaine offers a variety of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) options.

Portfolio Review
This process allows the prospective student to submit a portfolio documenting his or her experience and mastery in a particular subject area based on learning obtained outside of college. The portfolio can include an essay as well as any certificates the student has obtained. Currently, PLA credit is determined on a department-by-department basis which is initiated through the department chairperson. The DLL Advising Center can assist in making this connection and monitoring the assessment process.  Please contact us at 207.581.3143 or email for questions or further assistance.

UMaine recognizes the wealth of learning experiences adult learners gain outside of the classroom. These students are encouraged to explore CLEP or DANTES exams in order to receive credit for this knowledge.

Military Credits
Veterans who have earned military credits are encouraged to have their military credits reviewed through UMaine’s Office of Student Records for potential college credit.