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AP and IB Credit

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

Colorado College recognizes challenging coursework by giving credit for approved Advanced Placement tests (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) work and college courses. 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).

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Evaluation

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

DepartmentScoreCreditNotes
Higher Level Course 5, 6, 7 2 units See department for possible placement
Higher Level Course 4 1 unit  
Standard Level Course 5, 6, 7 1 unit See department for possible placement

Academic Credit for Advanced Placement (AP)

DepartmentScoreCreditNotes
Art History 5 1 unit Placement out of AH112
Art Studio     No credit, see department
Biology  5 1 unit Placement out of BY131
4 1 unit See department 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)
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 EC151
Economics: Macroeconomics 5, 4 1 unit Placement out of EC152
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