Connecticut College encourages prospective students in secondary schools to engage in advanced level work. Students who meet certain benchmarks on the exams designated may receive credit towards their degree requirements. 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.
Advanced Placement (AP) Policy
Students are awarded 4 credits for certain AP examination scores (sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board) of 4 or 5 which may be applied toward their degree requirements. 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, subject to the approval of the department. Please refer to the AP Test information below to determine the potential General Education equivalency. The minimum AP score required for Connecticut College credit is a 4.
- Art (Studio) - Area 5
- Art History - Area 7
- Biology - Area 1
- Calculus (AB or BC) - Area 2
- Chemistry - Area 1
- Chinese Language - Does not satisfy General Education
- Computer Science A - Area 2
- Economics (Micro or Macro) - Area 3
- English Language/Composition - Does not satisfy General Education
- English Literature/Composition - Area 4 with a score of 5
- Environmental Science - Does not satisfy General Education; Equivalent to ES 110
- European History - Area 7
- French Language - Satisfies General Education Foreign Language requirement with a score of 5
- German Language - Satisfies General Education Foreign Language requirement with a score of 5
- Government & Politics (Comparative or U.S.) - Area 3
- Human Geography - Does not satisfy General Education
- Italian Language - Check with department regarding General Education Foreign Language requirement
- Japanese Language - Does not satisfy General Education
- Latin - Check with department regarding General Education Foreign Language requirement
- Music Theory - Area 5
- Physics (B or C) - Does not satisfy General Education for students who matriculated prior to fall 2014; Will satisfy Area 1 for students who matriculate in or after fall 2014
- Psychology - Satisfies Area 3 for students who matriculated in or prior to fall 2014; Will not satisfy General Education for students who matriculate in or after fall 2015 - can only be used for PSY 100 exemption
- Spanish (Language or Literature) - Satisfies General Education Foreign Language requirement with Spanish Language AP only
- Statistics - Area 2
- United States History - Area 7 for students pursuing Teacher Certification
- World History - Area 7
International Baccalaureate (IB) Policy
Students who present the International Baccalaureate may, on a course-by-course basis, be awarded 4 credits for each “Higher Level” individual exam score of 5 or above.
AP credit or the equivalent may be used to satisfy General Education requirements, subject to the approval of the department.
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 credits 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 Maturity, the Italian Maturita and others of similar merit, may, on a course-by-course basis, be awarded 4 credits for each individual course.