Will your AP Credits Pay Off?


For some time now, the subject of AP credit for colleges has been hazy. Some colleges accept virtually any form of credit, some will accept a score of 4 or 5, and others won’t count your AP score at all. Below is info on some schools and their policies relating to AP credits.

“Dartmouth offers course credits, exemptions and placement in some subject areas for outstanding results on Advanced Placement, A-Level and International Baccalaureate Examinations. SAT subject tests may be used to help determine placement in some subject areas, and a number of academic departments offer on-campus placement tests during orientation.” (Dartmouth Admissions)

Please note: Beginning with the entering class of 2018, Dartmouth will no longer grant course credit for AP, A-Level or IB examinations. Dartmouth will continue to offer exemptions and placement in some subject areas.”

Stanford also has a very particular policy relating to credits. http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/ap-charts

UO has a more lax requirement for AP credit
“Advanced Placement credit: For AP, only scores of 4 or 5 are considered for credit for most AP exams beginning in fall 2008. A score of 3 receives credit only on selected AP exams. Refer to the Advanced Credit web page at http://registrar.uoregon.edu/students/advancedCredit.html for further details.”
Below is the link to their full policy.

University of Portland also accepts high AP scores as credit.

“The University accepts Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits.  Students who attain satisfactory scores on the tests will receive University credits, but no grade is attached to the credit and it is not included in calculation of the grade point average.  Satisfactory scores are 4-5 on AP tests and 5-7 on Higher Level IB tests.  College credits earned through local community colleges and universities may also be accepted.  Transfer credits will be evaluated by the school at the University to which you are applying.“ (University of Portland Admissions)

Keep in mind that whether or not the schools of your dreams accept AP scores as credit, an AP class always looks great on a high school transcript. However, it might be beneficial for your education- and your bank account- to check out those school’s specific policies.