AP Credit Policies at Top Colleges

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As you get ready to apply to college, you might wonder what will happen with all those AP exams you worked so hard to prepare for. Depending on a college’s AP credit policies and your scores, you might be able to knock out an entire year worth of college with AP credit, or you might be able to get a bunch of prerequisite or core courses out of the way.

The College Board lets you search the AP score policies of just about any college, but we’ve summarized the policies at top colleges for you here:

Princeton University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Each exam may replace one or two courses

A maximum of two history courses may be replaced with AP credit

Princeton AP policy available here

Harvard College Requires 5 to earn credit

Credit toward graduation is offered only when the student activates Advanced Standing by earning at least 32 credits through AP exams, which requires a score of 5 on four to eight AP exams

Harvard AP policy available here

University of Chicago Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Some subjects confer placement in a higher course rather than credit

Decision to award credit is made at the end of the first year of residence and credits will appear on the student’s official transcript

University of Chicago AP policy available here

Yale University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Credit only offered in certain subject areas

Yale AP policy available here

Columbia University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Each satisfactory AP exam score confers 3 or 6 credit hours

Columbia AP policy available here

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Requires 5 to earn credit

Credit is only awarded for certain subjects

To earn credit for certain subjects, students must take the MIT Advanced Standing Exam

MIT AP policy available here

Stanford University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Credit not offered for all subjects

No more than 10 units in a given subject area or 45 units total may be awarded

Stanford AP policy available here

University of Pennsylvania Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Placement offered in lieu of credit for some subjects

Not all subjects are considered

UPenn AP policy available here

Duke University Requires 4 or 5, depending on subject

Departments have different criteria for whether to accept AP courses toward the major

Duke AP policy available here

California Institute of Technology AP exams more likely to be used for placement than for credit

From the college: “Course credit and/or placement in an accelerated program is sometimes granted as deemed appropriate by department faculty.”

Students won’t know whether they receive credit until fall registration

CalTech AP policy available here (page 177)

Dartmouth College Requires 4 or 5, depending on subject

Credit awarded for AP exams does not reduce the 35 credits required for graduation

Dartmouth AP policy available here

Johns Hopkins University Requires a 4 or 5, depending on subject

Exception: A 3 on Calculus BC is acceptable

Only specific subjects are considered

Johns Hopkins AP policy available here

Northwestern University Requires a 3 to 5, depending on subject

Each undergraduate school determines how credit may be applied to degree requirements

Northwestern AP policy available here

Brown University Used primarily for placement purposes

Score of 3 to 5 required for placement, depending on subject

Brown AP policy available here

Cornell University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Final decision to award credit up to the appropriate department

Cornell AP policy available here

Rice University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Where applicable, credit counts toward major

Rice AP policy available here

Vanderbilt University Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Exception: A 3 on Calculus BC is acceptable

Credit awarded may vary based on the student’s intended major

Vanderbilt AP policy available here

University of Notre Dame Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Exception: A 3 on Latin is acceptable

Notre Dame AP policy available here

Washington University in St. Louis Requires 4 to 5, depending on subject

Exception: A 3 on certain foreign language exams may confer credit if confirmed by coursework at the university

A maximum of 15 credits may be awarded for AP work, and credits do not apply to general education requirements

Washington University in St. Louis AP policy available here

Georgetown University Requires a 4 to 5, depending on subject

Georgetown AP policy available here

 

These policies are all subject to change, so you should always check with the college you will attend to clarify their AP credit policies and avoid surprises!

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