AP / IB / Other Credit

We know you're an exceptional student, and that you've worked hard to earn credits that might be applied to courses at Emory College or Oxford College. We are happy to consider them and, often, to accept them. We do, however, have some parameters to ensure you get the most out of your Emory education. See our credit policies below.

New credit policies that will apply to the class of students enrolling in Fall 2018 are detailed in this document.

Please note that all policies remain under ongoing review and are subject to change.

General Guidelines

For entering first-year students, a combined total of 12 credit hours of the following types of credit may be granted:
  1. AP and IB test credits
  2. A-Level, French Baccalaureate and other international exams
  3. College course credit, except where the credit has already counted toward the high school diploma

Beyond the 12 hour credit limit, the university may use the additional exams or courses to fulfill pre-requisites for placement into higher level courses. Students should only request this after consulting an academic advisor. No additional credit or waivers or General Education Requirements (GERs) will be given. Official AP and IB test scores and college transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admission no later than August 1 in order to be evaluated for credit before first-year orientation. Scores and transcripts must be received no later than the end of the first semester of your first year at the university to be applied to a student's overall record.

Advanced Placement Credit

Review the full list of coursework and equivalent AP scores.

We typically will award three semester hours of college credit for each score of four or five on examinations of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board.


  • We award six hours of credit for a score of four or five on the Calculus BC examination. Students receiving credit for the Calculus BC examination may not receive credit for the Calculus AB examination as well. Students who do not receive credit for Calculus BC but who score a four or five on the Calculus AB subgrade of the Calculus BC examination will receive three hours of credit for Calculus AB.
  • In the case of two AP results for individual language examinations (i.e., English Literature and English Language), foreign languages or Computer Science, credit may be awarded for either examination but not for both. The same also applies for an AP and IB test. You can only have one test posted for a single course.
  • No credit is granted for AP examination scores of one, two, or three.

Entering first-year and transfer students must have AP results sent directly from the College Board to the Emory Office of Admission. Our reporting code is 5187.

International Baccalaureate Credit

Review the full list of coursework and equivalent IB scores.

We will award three semester hours of college credit for scores of five, six, or seven on the higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Entering first-year and transfer students must have IB results sent directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization to the Emory Office of Admission. Score results must arrive by no later than the end of the entering student's first semester at the university.

  • No credit is granted for IB examination scores below five on the higher-level examinations.
  • For IB foreign language courses, we will evaluate whether or not the student took the IB course in their native language. Credit will normally be given only for Group 2 Language Acquisition (Language B) courses; however, students who complete Group 1 Studies in Language & Literature (Language A) courses outside their native language may also receive credit. Emory may accept language exams other than those listed upon petition.
  • A student may receive credit for only one English IB test and for one test in a particular language, either in Group 1 or Group 2.
  • No credit is granted for the standard-level examinations regardless of the scores achieved.

College/Dual Enrollment Credit

In advance of admission and enrollment, the Office of Admission is unable to inform students if specific college credit gained through community college or dual enrollment programs taken during high school will be accepted as official college transfer credit. Credit for work done at another college or university is determined by the Office of Admission following enrollment and receipt of official transcripts. The determination of which credits will transfer will be made on a case-by-case basis over the summer prior to first-year course registration.

Do note that only courses taken at an accredited college or university will be considered for academic credit and each program will be reviewed separately. For courses to be considered the course must meet the following requirements:

  • The course was taught at the credit-granting college/university. (Not a course taught at a high school or a course taken at a college that is strictly for high school students.)
  • The course was taught by a faculty member of the credit-granting college/university.
  • The course was open to currently enrolled college students, and not just high school students.
  • The course did not count towards credit for a high school diploma. (This includes courses taken for Georgia residents involved in the Move On When Ready program. MOWR courses typically count for high school diploma credit, and thus, will not count for credit at Emory University.)
  • The course grade was a C or better. (No credit is given for classes taken pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, credit/no credit.)
  • The course is comparable to a course taught at Emory University (reference our catalog to compare).

For courses that meet the stipulations above, you will receive the appropriate credit hours, will be exempt from the equivalent course and will have satisfied, partially or fully, whatever General Education Requirements the Emory course satisfies. While credit hours may transfer, grades will not.

We will convert quarter hours to semester hours by multiplying by 2/3. For example, a 5.0 quarter hour course is worth 3.3 semester hours. Semester hours transfer unchanged. Finally, the issuing institution must submit transcripts to the Emory Office of Admission for the student to receive credit.

Additional Information

  • The maximum number of hours that can be awarded to an incoming first-year student is 12 semester hours.
  • We do not award duplicate credit for the same course or exam. For example, a student can receive credit for only one of the following: a college English composition course, an AP English examination, or the IB higher-level English examination.
  • It is possible to receive credit for advanced course work taken in international educational programs such as the GCE Advanced Levels (A Levels), the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, etc. Examination results must be submitted directly to the Emory Office of Admission. Score results should be sent as soon as possible and must arrive no later than the end of the entering student's first semester. Exam results must be final (not predictive) and verifiable. Results must be sent by a school official directly to Emory, as transcripts submitted by the student are considered unofficial and will not be processed. Exam results that correspond to course work available at the university will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for credit.
  • Physical education, health, or remedial courses will not transfer.
  • No credit is awarded for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).
  • Online course work from accredited institutions will be evaluated for credit on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts must be submitted for review. No credit is awarded for correspondence courses or distance learning programs.
  • Entering students who have college credit earned before enrolling at Emory that they would like to have evaluated for transfer credit must complete and return a Request for Approval of Transfer Credit / Exemption form.