Connecticut College encourages prospective students in secondary schools to engage in advanced level work. Individual departments have the discretion to decide if Advanced Placement and its equivalents should count toward the major or minor and to determine the course equivalency. Students should be aware, however, that Advanced Placement credit may not be counted toward the Modes of Inquiry or any other components of the Connections program. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Policy

Students are awarded 4 credit hours for certain AP examination scores (sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board) of 4 or 5 which may be applied toward the 128 credits required for graduation. Students may use AP credit in one of two ways: either to repair credit deficiencies that arise from voluntary course withdrawals or failing grades or to accelerate. If a student uses AP credit to repair deficiencies, he/she may not use more than eight semester hours. If, on the other hand, the student chooses to accelerate, he/she may use 16 semester hours of AP to graduate in seven semesters or 32 hours to graduate in six semesters. Students may also use AP credits to cover a leave of absence or withdrawal from the college. Degree credit will not be awarded for AP work if an equivalent introductory course has already been taken, either at Connecticut College or transferred from another institution.

AP credit or the equivalent may be used to satisfy General Education requirements for students who entered prior to Fall 2016, subject to the approval of the department. Please refer here for more information. Advanced Placement credit may not be counted toward the Modes of Inquiry or any other components of the Connections program. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy

Students who present the International Baccalaureate may, on a course-by-course basis, be awarded 4 credit hours for each “Higher Level” individual exam score of 5 or above.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office to request evaluation of your International Baccalaureate work.

British A-Level Examinations and Other Foreign Exams

Students who present the A-Level certificate may, on a course-by-course basis, be awarded 4 credit hours for each “Advanced Level” exam grade of “C” or above.

Students who present the results of certain foreign examinations, such as the German Abitur and its Northern European equivalents, the Swiss Maturité, the Italian Maturita and others of similar merit, may, on a course-by-course basis, be awarded 4 credit hours for each individual course.