Credit from Away: AP Program Policies Advanced Placement (College Board) credit equivalencies for each W&L department

Official College Board transcripts must be received prior to August 15 in order for registration prerequisites to be satisfied and credits to be awarded.

Students are responsible to contact The College Board and request official paper score reports be sent directly to the W&L University Registrar. Use the College Board score reporting services described at http://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores/score-reporting and have all of your scores sent to W&L using the four-digit college code number = 5887.

Unofficial score reports, not received directly from the College Board, (e.g. from the high school or from the student) are not accepted by W&L for awarding degree credit.

AP scores and credit can be viewed on your W&L Student Planning "Test Summary" screen; W&L course equivalencies earned are posted on the "Schedule & Plan" and "Timeline" views. Only scores that earn W&L credit are posted on your W&L record.

The Faculty has set a deadline: In order to receive Washington and Lee credit, all documentation (official score reports) must be received by the University Registrar before the end of the first term in which the student is enrolled at W&L. This is important for having appropriate W&L course equivalencies and class registration prerequisites ready in the database.

If you have questions about AP courses, tests, or policies, see the College Board's Advanced Placement Program Web page.

Recently awarded credits: Credit is granted at the discretion of the department head(s) involved, according to the following departmental policies in place for the coming fall term. "FDR" refers to W&L's Foundation and Distribution Requirements. If you receive credit for one of the following, make sure that you don't register for the same W&L course number or you will lose your AP credit.

W&L Discipline - AP Test Score W&L equivalency and credit, with notation of FDR earned, if any Registration Recommendation
Art 2D Design 5 ARTS 1-HA-N (3-credit 100-level HA non-major elective)
Art 3D Design 5 ARTS 1-HA-N (3-credit 100-level HA non-major elective)
Art History 4 ARTH 1-HA-M (3-credit 100-level HA major elective register for any art history course
Art History 5 ARTH 101 (3) HA register for any art history course other than ARTH 101
Biology 5 BIOL 1-SL-N (4-credit 100-level SL non-major elective) if biology, neuroscience, or environmental science major or pre-health, BIOL 111/113
Chemistry 5 CHEM 100 (4) SL if science major or pre-health, take CHEM 110
Chinese Language and Culture 4 or 5 CHIN 262 (4) FL exempt from FL, take CHIN 301
Computer Science A 4 or 5 CSCI 1-SC-N (3) SC consider taking CSCI 111
Computer Science Principles 5 CSCI 101 (4) FM consider taking CSCI 111
Economics - Macroeconomics   AND Microeconomics 5 (in both) ECON 100 (3), SS1 consider taking a 200-level ECON course IN THE WINTER TERM
English - Language & Composition 5 WRIT 100 (3) FW exempt from FW; consider taking a 200-level literature course to fulfill HL or a 200-level creative writing course to fulfill HA
English - Literature & Composition 5 WRIT 100 (3) FW exempt from FW; consider taking a 200-level literature course to fulfill HL or a 200-level creative writing course to fulfill HA
Environmental Studies - Environmental Science 5 ENV 10N (3-credit, 100-level, non-FDR, non-major elective)

French - French Language and Culture

5 FREN 162 (3) FL exempt from FL; take 200-level French course
German - German Language and Culture 4

take placement test with department

if exempt from FL, take GERM 311
German - German Language and Culture 5 GERM 262 (4) FL if exempt from FL, take GERM 311
History - European 5 HIST 101 (0) & 102 (3) HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for either HIST 101 or HIST 102
History - U.S. History 5 HIST 107 (0) & 108 (3) HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for either HIST 107 or HIST 108
History - World History 5 HIST 174 (3) HU any other 100-level HIST, but do not register for HIST 174
Japanese Language & Culture 4 or 5 JAPN 262 (4) FL exempt from FL, take JAPN 301
Latin 5 LATN 202 (3) FL exempt from FL; take a 300-level Latin course
Math - Calculus AB (subscores not accepted) 3, 4 --- MATH 101 (not 101B), see Note #1
Math - Calculus AB (subscores not accepted) 5 MATH 101 (3) FM MATH 102
Math - Calculus BC (subscores not accepted) 3 --- MATH 101 (not 101B), see Note #1
Math - Calculus BC (subscores not accepted) 4 MATH 1-FM-N (0) FM MATH 102 as Advanced Standing, see Note #1
Math - Calculus BC (subscores not accepted) 5 MATH 101 (3) FM & MATH 102 (3) SC MATH 221A, see Note #2
Music Theory 4 see the department head at the start of fall term
Music Theory 5 MUS 161 (3) HA & MUS 163 (1) take MUS 162 and 164 in winter term
Physics 1
or
Physics 2
5 PHYS 1-SC-N (3-credit SC non-major elective) if no Physics C-level credit earned If interested in physics, engineering, or integrated engineering major, take PHYS 111/113 (fall) and PHYS 112/114 (winter)
Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism 5 PHYS 1-SC-N (3-credit SC non-major elective) If interested in physics, engineering, or integrated engineering major, take PHYS 111/113 (fall) and PHYS 112/114 (winter)
Physics C - Mechanics 5 PHYS 1-SC-N (3-credit SC non-major elective) If interested in physics, engineering, or integrated engineering major, take PHYS 111/113 (fall) and PHYS 112/114 (winter)
Politics - Government & Politics: Comparative 5 POL 105 (3) SS2
Politics - Government & Politics: U.S. 5 POL 100 (3) SS2
Psychology 5 PSYC 1-SS3-N (3 credit 100-level SS3 non-major elective) any other 100-level psychology course
Spanish Language or Spanish Literature 5 SPAN 162 (3) FL exempt FL; take 200-level Spanish course
Statistics 5 INTR 202 (3) INTR 201 (1) Information Technology Literacy must be completed no later than winter term of the sophomore year

AP subjects not considered for W&L credit

  • Art-Drawing, Human Geography, Italian, Research, and Seminar.
  • Also, credit is not awarded for AP subgrades or subscores (such as in Math and Music).

Course numbering

Courses with a number such as 2FLN or 1SCN represent a subject and if the course counts toward the major and/or meets a Foundation and Distribution requirement (FDR). Example: SPAN 2FLM = Spanish elective, 200-level, meets FL may be used for the major.

Mathematics Notes

  • Note #1: Students may opt to enroll in MATH 102 as an advanced standing student, instead of MATH 101 for the fall term. Upon completing MATH 102 with a grade of C or better in the fall term, 3 credits for MATH 101 also will be awarded. This option is ONLY available in the fall term of the student's first year.
  • Note #2: Students who have scored 5 on the BC and who have also completed a multivariable-calculus course as a high school student may qualify for our Advanced Standing placement into MATH 332. This option is ONLY available in the fall term of the student's first year; it requires the student to take a test on multivariable topics within the first four weeks; and it requires that the student pass MATH 332 with a C or better. Successful completion of all these requirements will result in credit for MATH 221 as well as for MATH 332. Interested students should contact the head of the Mathematics Department.