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AP and IB Credit

Academic Credit for College Study during or after Secondary School, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement

Advanced Standing Credit

Colorado College recognizes challenging coursework by giving credit for approved Advanced Placement tests (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) exam scores, the General Certificate of Education advanced-level exams (GCE A-Level) and college courses. Credit may be awarded for other advanced placement exams after review by the registrar. No credit is awarded for CLEP tests or for life experience.

Advanced standing credit can be used to satisfy general education requirements where appropriate, to satisfy major requirements where the department allows, and to accelerate graduation. However, accelerated graduation is not mandatory; students are eligible to remain enrolled and receive financial aid for four full-time academic years. The college will award up to eight total units (sophomore standing) in transfer credit to students whose scores meet the criteria. The Registrar’s Office will not award double credit for the same subject earned through different programs (e.g. AP American Literature and IB American Literature).

Grades from transfer courses will neither be recorded on the transcript, nor included in the Colorado College grade point average.

College Study during Secondary School

Four semester hours or six quarter hours at other institutions are equivalent to one Colorado College unit. The requirements for transferring credit from another institution are as follows:

  1. If taken before secondary school graduation, the course must be above and beyond the requirements for secondary school graduation. You must submit a letter from your secondary school counselor stating that the credit was not needed to fulfill any secondary school graduation requirements.
  2. The course must be taught on-site at a college or university campus and not on a secondary school campus.
  3. The course must be taught by college or university faculty.
  4. The course must be substantially similar to a course currently offered by Colorado College.
  5. You must have received, at a minimum, a “C” or its equivalent in the course.

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level

Students who have taken the General Certificate of Education advanced-level examination (GCE A-Level) will receive 1 unit (4 semester hours) of credit for each passing grade (A-E).

International Baccalaureate (IB) Evaluation

Colorado College recognizes the special rigors of the International Baccalaureate Degree program. One unit is equivalent to one block.

Department

Score

Credit

Notes

Higher Level Course

5, 6, 7

2 units

See department website for possible placement

Higher Level Course

4

1 unit

 

Standard Level Course

5, 6, 7

1 unit

See department  website for possible placement

Academic Credit for Advanced Placement (AP)

A student may request an official score report of AP results at:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/subjects.html.

Department

Score

Credit

Notes

Art History

5

1 unit

Placement out of AH112

Art Studio

 4,5

1 unit

Cannot be used for major or minor

Biology 

5

1 unit

Please see department website for possible placement

4

1 unit

Please see department website for possible placement

Calculus AB

 

5, 4, 3

1 unit

Placement into MA129 (Calculus 2)

2, 1

No Credit

Possible placement into MA126 (Calculus 1)

Calculus BC

(credit is given for
either test, not both)

  

5

2 units

Placement into MA203

4, 3

1 unit

Placement into MA129 (Calculus 2)

2, 1

No Credit

Possible placement into MA126 or MA129(Calculus 1 or 2)

Calculus BC

(credit is given for
either test, not both)

  

5

2 units

Placement into MA203

4, 3

1 unit

Placement into MA129 (Calculus 2)

2, 1

No Credit

Possible placement into MA126 or MA129(Calculus 1 or 2)

Chemistry 

5

2 units

Placement out of CH107, CH108

4

1 units

Placement out of CH107

Computer Science 

5, 4

1 unit

Placement into CP222. No credit given if student chooses to take CP122

3

No Credit

Possible placement into CP122 or CP222

Economics: Microeconomics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of EC101

Economics: Macroeconomics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of EC102

English Language & Composition

5

1 unit

 

English Literature & Composition

5

1 unit

 

Environmental Science

5

1 unit

Placement out of EV120

German Language 

5, 4

2 units

 

3

1 unit

 

Government & Politics: American

5, 4

1 unit

 

Government & Politics: Comparative

5, 4

1 unit

 

History: American, European, World

5, 4

1 unit

 

Human Geography

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of SW102

Latin: Literature & Vergil

5, 4, 3

1 unit

Placement into CL311

Music Theory

 

 

See department for possible credit

Physics B

 

 

Physics 1 (new Fall 2014)

Physics 2 (new Fall 2014)

5

2 units

Placement out of PC141/142

4

1 unit

Placement into PC142

4 or 5

1 unit

Credit for PC141. Placement into PC142

4 or 5

 units

Credit for PC142

Physics C - Mechanics 

5

1 unit

Placement into PC242

4

1 unit

Possible placement into PC242

Physics C - E & M 

5

1 unit

Possible placement into PC251

4

1 unit

Placement into PC242 or department review for possible placement into PC251

Psychology

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of PY100

French & Italian Language & Literature  

 

 

 

 

Spanish Language & Literature

5

2 units

Placement into 306

4

1 unit

Placement into 305

3, 2, 1

No Credit

Regardless of score, placement test is strongly advised by department to determine placement into 201 or 305.

5,4

1 unit

Placement into 305

Statistics

5, 4

1 unit

Placement out of MA117