Laurel College Questions & Answers

Laurel College FAQ

You already have! If you have worked full time for a minimum of two years in your chosen field, but do not hold a postsecondary (college or university) degree, you are eligible for a certified degree causa honora from Laurel College. Your classroom is your workplace; instead of spending time learning theory from a book, you have received an actual hands-on education by doing the work. We consider this to be even more valuable than "book learning" -- and so do employers that value your experience on the job!

Laurel College is a private consortium founded by a group of non-denominational religious organizations specifically to provide honors degrees to their members and affiliates.

The honors degrees are based on quantifiable work and life experience, not on classroom education. Through previous legal decisions, such honors degrees are permitted because they are granted by a private consortium – thus, by law, accreditation is not required.

However, by their nature, this type of honors degree cannot be granted for specialized fields such as medicine, engineering, law, or in any field that leads to or requires specific professional licensing.

We primarily use openly-verifiable and quantifiable sources to confirm your work experience – for example, your LinkedIn profile, which shows your employers throughout your career. Upon receiving your application for a degree, our staff will review your work profile to make sure you meet the established criteria. If we require additional information, we will contact your employer(s) for confirmation.

Current or potential employers may contact us at any time to verify your degree.

We do not maintain or issue transcripts. We will, however, confirm and verify your degree status to your employer (or potential employer) upon request.