Willamette University encourages student participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by the College Board and the International Baccalaureate program. No college credit is granted for College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
All AP scores of "4" and "5" will be granted a minimum of 4 credits. For a current listing of AP course equivalencies, visit our Advanced Placement (AP) Test Credit Granting Policy webpage. Willamette will grant 4 credits for each IB Higher Level examination passed with a score of "5" and 8 credits each for Higher Level exams passed with a score of "6" or "7." Willamette will also grant 4 additional credits to students who earn the full IB Diploma with a score of 30 or above. For a current listing of IB course equivalencies, visit our International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Granting Policy webpage.
A maximum of 32 credits total may be earned from the AP and IB programs. This credit may be applied to major and minor programs with the approval of the academic departments concerned. Credit earned based on AP or IB scores may not be used to satisfy general education requirements.
College credits earned prior to secondary school graduation in concurrent enrollment programs may transfer to Willamette University. However, such courses must be more advanced in the discipline than courses normally offered at the secondary school. In order to be eligible for transfer, college courses must be described in the college catalog and be recorded on the college transcript. Credits that apply to the secondary school diploma cannot be applied a second time to the baccalaureate degree.
In preparing for enrollment at Willamette University, secondary school students should have four years of college preparatory study including English, mathematics, foreign languages, history or social studies, and laboratory science. Secondary school students who take college courses that are replacements for courses available in their secondary school are considered to be doing their college preparatory work outside the secondary school curriculum, rather than accumulating credit toward the baccalaureate degree. Therefore, introductory courses taken at a college instead of a secondary school are viewed as college preparatory and not transferable. Credits that apply to secondary school diploma cannot be applied a second time to the baccalaureate degree.
Secondary school students should consult the Office of the Registrar with any questions regarding the transferability of college credits. No more than 32 credits will be awarded for courses that a student completed prior to secondary school graduation.
For incoming Freshmen with advanced standing, a maximum of 32 credits can be transferred. This includes AP/IB and college transfer credits.