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Advanced placement credit, defined as college-level credit earned either in high school or college prior to matriculation at any college, may be awarded by high attainment on College Level Examination Program Examinations, College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, or examinations specially prepared or approved by the departments involved or by transfer of college credit earned elsewhere. Consideration will also be given for International Baccalaureate High Level coursework. Transfer credit for non-college work will not be granted unless students can show proficiency by testing. The following conditions apply:

  1. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for those courses applicable to the curriculum will be given to an applicant with a score of 60 and above in the examinations that cover individual subjects. Credit will not be given for the four general examinations - Humanities, College Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History.
  2. An applicant successfully completing a College Board Advanced Placement Examination (AP Exam) with a score of four (4) or better may receive credit for those courses applicable to the University curriculum.
  3. All advanced placement credit is assigned by Student Administrative Services according to policy set by the University's academic units. Advanced placement should be determined before the student's first registration on campus, but must be finalized before the student's second registration on campus. Advanced placement credit based on tests or examinations (includes AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) will be limited to a combined 30 credit hours. Credit will be awarded upon receipt of official test scores indicating a qualifying score.
  4. Advanced placement credit based on college-level courses transferred from other institutions will be awarded upon receipt of an official college transcript indicating a grade of C or better and course description if evaluated by the course offering department at Clarkson to be appropriate for Clarkson credit.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP Exams)

A majority of students receiving advanced placement credit at Clarkson have taken the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board. The most common areas are listed below. Credit in most other subject matters is awarded when a score of 4 or greater is received, and official test scores sent to Clarkson.

Clarkson's CollegeBoard School Code is 2084. Contact information for the CollegeBoard:

Advanced Placement credit based on tests or examinations (includes AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) will be limited to a combined 30 hours. For further information, contact us.


Biology

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4: BY 100, Biology elective with lab (4 credits)
  • Score of 5: BY 140/142, Biology I (5 credits) and BY 160/162, Biology II (5 credits)

Chemistry

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4: CM 131, General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • Score of 5: CM 131, General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CM 132, General Chemistry II (4 credits)

Computer Science A Exam

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: CS 141, Intro to Computer Science I

Computer Science AB Exam

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4: CS 141, Intro to Computer Science I (4 credits)
  • Score of 5: CS 141, Intro to Computer Science I (4 credits), and CS 142, Intro to Computer Science II (3 credits)

The computer science department schedules an exam in Pascal or C for new students during fall orientation each year. Students earning a satisfactory grade receive credit for CS141, Introduction to Computer Science I. For further information check your new student orientation schedule.


English Language and Composition Exam

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: COMM 210, Theory of Rhetoric (3 credits)

English Literature and Composition Exam

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: LIT 101, Literature and Writing (3 credits)

Calculus AB Exam*

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: MA 131, Calculus I (3 credits)

Calculus BC Exam*

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4: MA 131, Calculus I (3 credits)
  • Score of 5: MA 131, Calculus I (3 credits) and MA 132, Calculus II (3 credits)

*The mathematics department schedules a calculus exam during fall orientation. Students receiving a satisfactory grade receive credit for MA 131, Calculus I. To be eligible for AP credit for MA 131, Calculus I, first-year students must also perform at a satisfactory level of the Math Readiness Survey (which is taken in late May) or successfully complete the on-campus advanced-standing exam given in the first week of the fall semester. For more information, see the department webpage at www.clarkson.edu/mcs.


Physics B Exam

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4*: SC 141 Introduction to Physics I (4 credits)
  • Score of 5*: SC 141, Introduction to Physics I (4 credits), and SC 142, Introduction to Physics II (4 credits)

*Note that credit for the Physics B exam will not replace PH 131 or PH 132, courses required by many Clarkson majors.



Physics C Exam (Mechanics)

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: PH 131, Physics I (4 credits)


Physics C Exam (Electricity & Magnetism)

  • Scores of 1, 2, 3: No credit
  • Score of 4 or 5: PH 132, Physics II (4 credits)


Advanced Placement Credit Through College Course Transfer

Students may enter Clarkson having already taken college courses while still in high school. Such courses will be considered for academic transfer credit if a grade of C or better was earned. Students should send an official transcript as well as a course description to Student Administrative Services as soon as available. The course(s) will be evaluated for transfer credit by the academic department responsible for the course curriculum.



Credit by Examination

It is possible in some cases for a new student to take a special advanced-standing exam provided by the respective department. A satisfactory grade enables a student to receive credit. The format and availability of such exams are at the discretion of the appropriate department chairperson. Students interested in Credit by Examination are encouraged to notify the appropriate department as early as possible so a mutually convenient time to take the exam can be arranged. Note: Students who plan to take either or both the Calculus and Computer Science exams scheduled during fall orientation need make no special arrangements. Those exams are scheduled into orientation.

Clarkson will consider the following for advanced credit: AP, CLEP, GCE, GCSE, IB, A-levels, French Baccalaureate, Arbitur, Italian Maturita and the Swiss Maturite. While credit is usually granted, there are situations, due to the technical nature of some of the programs, where it is not. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis. Advanced Placement credit based on tests or examinations (includes AP, CLEP, IB, etc.) will be limited to a combined 30 hours.


International Baccalaureate Recognition Policy

Clarkson University recognizes the IB diploma as an excellent college preparatory program and seeks candidates with this preparation. The University offers advanced standing and/or credit for scores of 5 through 7 on the Higher Level Examinations. Credit will be granted on a course by course basis in consultation with the applicant's intended academic department. No advanced credit will be given for subsidiary level examinations but the courses are recognized as fulfilling requisite requirements for admission.


IB Course Clarkson Credit (Credit is given for scores of 5, 6 or 7 on HL courses only)
Biology Score of 5: BY 100, Biology Elective with Lab
Scores of 6, 7: BY140/142 and BY160/162, Biology I, II with labs
Business & Mgmt SB01, Business Elective
Chemistry Scores of 5, 6: CM131, General Chemistry I
Score of 7: CM131 and CM132, General Chemistry I, II
Computer Science CS141 and CS142, Intro to Computer Science I, II
Design Tech TECH100, Design Technology
Economics EC02, Economics Elective
English A1 LIT101, Literature and Writing
European History HIST100, European History Survey
Geography SS230, Introduction to Human Geography
History HIST101, World History Survey
History of the Americas HIST102, History of the Americas Survey
Islamic History HIST103, Islamic History Survey
Mathematics Score of 5: MA180, Introduction to College Mathematics
Scores of 6, 7: MA131, Calculus I
Music ARTS200, Music Through the Ages
Philosophy PHIL201, History of Western Philosophy
Physics Scores of 5, 6: SC141, Introduction to Physics I
Score of 7: SC141 & SC142, Introduction to Physics I, II
Psychology Scores of 6, 7: PY151, Introduction to Psychology
Social Anthropology ANTH200, Introduction to Culture and Society
Visual Arts ARTS100, Introduction to Art

IB Languages:
 -- A1, A2 languages will receive Intermediate Language credit and will satisfy the Cultures and Society (CSO) Knowledge Area
 -- B languages will receive introductory Language credit

If you have further questions or need more information, please contact the SAS Center at Graham Hall or call 315-268-6451 or e-mail registrar@clarkson.edu.