Advanced Placement Examinations (AP Exams)

A majority of students receiving advanced placement credit at Clarkson have taken the Advanced Placement Examination of the College 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:

  • 1-888-225-5427 (toll free)
  • 1-212-632-1780

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

Credit for Advanced Placement exams through the College Board will be awarded as follows:

AP Exam Score CU Course Credits
Biology 4 BY 100, Biology Elective with Lab 4
Biology 5 BY 140/142, Biology I & BY 160/162, Biology II 10
Chemistry 4 CM 131, General Chemistry I 4
Chemistry 5 CM 131, General Chemistry I & CM 132, General Chemistry II 8
Computer Science A* 4, 5 CS 141, Intro to Computer Science 4
English Lang & Composition 4, 5 COMM 210, Theory of Rhetoric for Business, Science & Engineering 3
English Lit & Composition 4, 5 LIT 101, Literature & Writing 3
Calculus AB 4, 5 MA 131, Calculus I* 3
Calculus BC 4 MA 131, Calculus I* 3
Calculus BC 5 MA 131, Calculus I & MA 132, Calculus II* 6
Physics C, Mechanics 4, 5 PH 131, Physics I 4
Physics C, Elect & Mag 4, 5 PH 132, Physics II 4
Physics 1 (Algebra based)^ 4, 5 SC 141, Introduction to Physics I 4
Physics 2 (Algebra based)^ 4, 5 SC 142, Introduction to Physics II 4

^Note that credit for these Physics exams will not replace PH 131 or PH 132, courses required by many Clarkson majors.

Don't see your exam on the list? Check out this link for transfer information for some of the less commonly taken AP exams!

*Credit by Examination at Clarkson

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 the Calculus exam need make no special arrangements. That exam is scheduled during the first week of the term.

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.

To be eligible for AP credit for MA 131 or MA 132, 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.

The computer science department schedules an exam in C++ or Java for new students each year. Students earning a satisfactory grade receive credit for CS 141 Introduction to Computer Science I. The exam may also be taken in other pre-approved languages. Contact the computer science department for more information. 

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 Achievement Services as soon as available. The course(s) will be evaluated for transfer credit by the academic department responsible for the course curriculum.

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 Score CU Course Credits
Biology HL 5 BY 100, Biology Elective with Lab 4
Biology HL 6, 7 BY 140/142 Biology I, and BY 160/162 Biology II 10
Business & Mgmt HL 5, 6, 7 SB 01, Business Elective 3
Chemistry HL 5, 6 CM 131, General Chemistry I 4
Chemistry HL 7 CM 131 General Chemistry I & CM 132, General Chemistry II 8
Computer Science HL 5, 6, 7 CS 141 and CS 142, Intro to Computer Science I, II 7
Design Tech HL 5, 6, 7 TECH 100, Design Technology 3
Economics HL 5, 6, 7 EC 02, Economics Elective 3
English A1 5, 6, 7 LIT 101, Literature and Writing 3
European History HL 5, 6, 7 HIST 100, European History Survey 3
Geography HL 5, 6, 7 SS 230, Introduction to Human Geography 3
History HL 5, 6, 7 HIST 101, World History Survey 3
History of the Americas HL 5, 6, 7 HIST 102, History of the Americas Survey 3
Islamic History HL 5, 6, 7 HIST 103, Islamic History Survey 3
Mathematics HL 5 MA 180, Introduction to College Mathematics 4
Mathematics HL 6, 7 MA 131, Calculus I 3
Music HL 5, 6, 7 ARTS 200, Music Through the Ages 3
Philosophy HL 5, 6, 7 PHIL 201, History of Western Philosophy 3
Physics HL 5, 6 SC 141, Introduction to Physics I 4
Physics HL 7 SC 141 & SC142, Introduction to Physics I, II 8
Psychology HL 5 No credit  
Psychology HL 6, 7 PY 151, Introduction to Psychology 3
Social Anthropology HL 5, 6, 7 ANTH 200, Introduction to Culture and Society 3
Visual Arts HL 5, 6, 7 ARTS 100, Introduction to Art 3

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