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AP, IB Credit and Other Pre-College Credit

Updated March 17, 2014. Please note that credit policy is subject to change. 

Advanced Credit

{Excerpt from the Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Catalog}

Honors courses and other accelerated study in high school are excellent preparation for Vanderbilt. The well-established advanced-placement policy endeavors to recognize exceptional high school preparation, to avoid requiring freshmen to take courses clearly mastered in high school, and to encourage students to begin their college learning experience at the level most appropriate to their preparation. Advanced placement may be granted on the basis of good performance on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, on International Baccalaureate tests, or, in some cases, on placement tests given by Vanderbilt. Entering students who have taken the British G.C.E. "A" level examinations, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), the Cambridge Pre-U diploma, or similar tests, such as the French baccalauréat, the German abitur, or the Swiss maturité examinations, may submit copies of the syllabi and an official report which faculty from the relevant departments will evaluate for potential Vanderbilt credit. These documents should be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before matriculation at Vanderbilt. To qualify for credit for AICE examinations, students must have achieved an A or B thereon. 

AP Credit

{Excerpt from The Bulletin of Vanderbilt University: Undergraduate Catalog}

At the determination of individual departments, Advanced Placement Examination grades with a score of 4 or 5 may be accepted for credit. The amount of credit that may be awarded corresponds to the course work waived, up to a maximum of 8 hours in any subject area. Advanced Placement credit does not affect the Vanderbilt grade point average. Students of the College of Arts and Science are limited to a total of 18 credit hours earned by any combination of advanced placement, international baccalaureate credit, advanced international credit, and credit by departmental examination, counting toward the minimum number of hours required toward the degree. No form of advanced placement credit can be used in fulfillment of the Achieving Excellence in Liberal Education (AXLE) requirements for students in the College of Arts and Science. 

Advanced Placement Credit Policy

Advanced Placement Examination grades accepted for advanced placement with credit by the various departments at Vanderbilt are listed below.

AP Exam Score Vanderbilt Course or Credit Equivalent Hours

Art

Art History 4 or 5 HART 1100: HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I 3
    HART 1105: HISTORY OF WESTERN ART II 3
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3
Studio Art: Drawing 4 or 5 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: ART STUDIO 3

Computer Science

Computer Science A 5 CS 1101: PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING 3
Computer Science Principles    No Credit Awarded

Economics

Macroeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 1010: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
Microeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 1020: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3

English

English Language & Composition 4 or 5 ENGL 1300W: INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION 3
English Literature & Composition 4 or 5 ENGL 1230W: LITERATURE & ANALYTICAL THINKING 3
    ENGL 1220W: DRAMA: FORMS & TECHNIQUE 3

Government & Politics

Government & Politics: Comparative 4 or 5 PSCI 1101: INTRO to COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3
Government & Politics: United States 4 or 5 PSCI 1100: INTRO to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 3

History

European History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: EUROPEAN HISTORY 3
United States History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: U.S. HISTORY 3
World History 4 or 5 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: WORLD HISTORY 3

Human Geography

  NO CREDIT    

Languages

Chinese Language and Culture 4 CHIN 2201: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I 5
Chinese Language and Culture 5 CHIN 2202: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II 5
French Language 4 or 5 FREN 1103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 3
    FREN 2501W: FRENCH COMPOSITION 3
French Literature 4 or 5 FREN 1103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 3
    FREN NO EQUIVALENT: FRENCH LITERATURE 3
German Language 4 or 5 GER 2201: INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I 3
    GER 2202:INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II 3
Italian Language and Culture 4 or 5 ITA 2203: ITALIAN JOURNEYS 3
    ITA 2501W: GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION 3
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JAPN 2201: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I 5
  5 JAPN 2202: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II 5
Latin 4 or 5 LAT 2202: INTERMEDIATE LATIN II 3
Spanish Language or Literature 4 SPAN 2203: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
  5 SPAN 2203: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
  5 SPAN 3302: SPANISH ORAL COMMUNICATION  3

Mathematics

Calculus AB 5 MATH 1300: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
Calculus BC & AB Subscore 3 & 5 MATH 1300: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MATH 1300: ACCEL SINGLE-VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
    MATH 1301: ACCEL SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II 4

Music

Music Theory 5 MUSC 1200: SURVEY OF MUSIC THEORY 3

(No course credit awarded for music majors)

Psychology

Psychology 5 PSY 1200: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3

Sciences

Biology 4 or 5 BSCI 1100: BIOLOGY TODAY 3
    BSCI 1100L: BIOLOGY TODAY LAB 1
Chemistry 5 CHEM 1601: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1601L: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 1602: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1602L: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
Environmental Science   NO CREDIT  
Physics 1 5 PHYS 1010: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS 3

(None of the credits awarded for Physics 1 shall count toward the major or the minor in physics. No credit awarded for engineering students.)

Physics 2 5 PHYS NO EQUIVALENT 4

(None of the credits awarded for Physics 1 shall count toward the major or the minor in physics. No credit awarded for engineering students.)

Physics B 5 PHYS 1010: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS 3
    PHYS 1010L: PHYSICS LAB INTRODUCTORY 1

(No credit awarded for engineering students. Not to be awarded if student also has credit for PHYS 1601/1601L or PHYS 1602/1602L.)

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 5 PHYS 1602: GENERAL PHYSICS II 3
    PHYS 1602L: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 1
Physics C: Mechanics 5 PHYS 1601: GENERAL PHYSICS I 3
    PHYS 1601L: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 1

Statistics

Statistics 4 or 5 MATH 1010: PROBABILITY & STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students)

IB Credit

{Excerpt from The Bulletin of Vanderbilt University: Undergraduate Catalog}

International Baccalaureate test scores accepted for advanced credit by the various departments at Vanderbilt are listed below. Students who have taken tests in other areas may submit their scores to the Dean's Office for evaluation by the appropriate departments. The amount of credit that may be awarded is subject to the same limitations as credit for Advanced Placement. 

IB Certificate Subject Score      Student Record Posting 08-09 Hours
Biology (standard/higher) 6 or 7 BSCI 1100: BIOLOGY TODAY 3
    BSCI 1100l: BIOLOGY TODAY LAB 1
Chemistry (standard) 6 or 7 CHEM 1010: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1010L: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 1020: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1020L: INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB 1

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
Not to be awarded if student also earns credit for CHEM 1601/1601L AND 1602/1602L)

Chemistry (higher) 6 or 7 CHEM 1601: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1601L: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
    CHEM 1602: GENERAL CHEMISTRY 3
    CHEM 1602L: GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB 1
Economics (higher) 6 or 7 ECON 1010: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 3
    ECON 1020: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 3
English (standard) 6 or 7 ENGL 1100: COMPOSITION 3
English (higher) 6 or 7 ENGL 1220W: LITERATURE AND ANALYTICAL THINKING 3
    ENGL 1230W: DRAMA: FORMS & TECHNIQUES 3
French (standard) 6 or 7 FREN 1103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 3
French (higher) 6 or 7 FREN 1103: INTERMEDIATE FRENCH 3
    FREN NO EQUIVALENT: ELECTIVE CREDIT 3
History (higher) 6 or 7 HIST NO EQUIVALENT: HISTORY ELECTIVE 3
Japanese (standard) 6 or 7 JAPN 2201: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE I 5
    JAPN 2202: SECOND-YEAR MODERN JAPANESE II 5
Japanese (higher) 6 or 7 JAPN 3301: THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE I 3
    JAPN 3302: THIRD-YEAR JAPANESE II 3
Latin (standard) 6 or 7 LAT 2201: INTERMEDIATE LATIN I 3
Latin (higher) 6 or 7 LAT 2201: INTERMEDIATE LATIN I 3
    LAT 2202: INTERMEDIATE LATIN II 3
Mathematics (standard) 6 or 7 MATH 1100: SURVEY OF CALCULUS 4
    MATH 1010: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
No credit will be awarded for MATH 1100 if credit for 1300 is also awarded.)

Mathematics (higher) 6 or 7 MATH 1300: ACCEL SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I 4
    MATH 1010: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE 3
    MATH NO EQUIVALENT: MATH ELECTIVE CREDIT 1

(No credit for MATH 1010 for engineering students.
No credit will be awarded for MATH 1100 if credit for 1300 is also awarded.)

Music (standard) 6 or 7 MUSL 1200: INTRO MUSIC LITERATURE 3

(MUSL 1200 does not count toward a music major)

Music (higher) 6 or 7 MUSL NO EQUIVALENT (may count toward a music major) 3
Physics (standard) 7 PHYS 1010: INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS 3

(No credit awarded for engineering students.
Not to be awarded if student also has credit for PHYS 1601/1601L or PHYS 1602/1602L.)

Physics (higher) 7 PHYS 1601: GENERAL PHYSICS I 3
    PHYS 1601L: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 1
    PHYS 1602: GENERAL PHYSICS II 3
    PHYS 1602L: GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 1
Psychology (standard/higher) 6 or 7 PSY 1200: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
Russian (standard) 6 or 7 RUSS 1102: FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN 5
Russian (higher) 6 or 7 RUSS 2201: SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN 3
    RUSS 2202: SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN 3
Spanish (standard) 6 or 7 SPAN 2203: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
Spanish (higher) 6 or 7 SPAN 2203: INTERMEDIATE SPANISH 5
    SPAN 3302: SPANISH FOR ORAL COMMUNICATION  3
Visual Arts (standard) 6 or 7 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3
Visual Arts (higher) 6 or 7 ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3
    ARTS NO EQUIVALENT: VISUAL ARTS 3

International Course Credit

High performance on some nationally sponsored or administered secondary school examinations may improve a student's academic profile for admission to the university, and may entitle a student to advanced standing at Vanderbilt. These exams include the A- and AS-levels, Advanced Placement (AP), French Baccalaureat, Abitur,
International Baccalaureate (IB), Italian Maturita, Federal Swiss Maturity Certificate, Denmark's Studentereksamen, Iceland's Studentsprof, Finland's Matriculation Certificate, and many others. The registrar of the Vanderbilt school to which the student has been admitted makes all course credit decisions. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not make decisions related to advanced standing.

Credit for Previous College Work

{Excerpt from the Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Catalog, pages 29-32.}

Entering first-year students who have taken college work during their junior or senior year in high school through dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment programs, or during summers prior to their offer of admission to Vanderbilt, must report such work to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions if they wish it to be reviewed for credit. At the student's request, the dean of the appropriate undergraduate school will determine whether such work may be credited toward the Vanderbilt degree. Vanderbilt credit will not be rewarded for college courses taken to meet the minimum entrance requirements of 15 high school units.

The question of credit at Vanderbilt must be settled in advance of the student's final registration.

Credit will be awarded only if:

  1. A course is regularly offered by an accredited two-year or four-year college or university;
  2. The teacher was a regular faculty member of that college or university; and
  3. A majority of the students in the course were candidates for a degree at that college or university. 

The College of Arts and Science and Peabody College usually do not award credit for work at other colleges in the summer immediately preceding the student's first semester at Vanderbilt. Summer work elsewhere will be accepted for credit only if an unusual educational opportunity can be demonstrated and if the courses sought are as rigorous as courses offered at Vanderbilt. Approval for work to be taken elsewhere must be obtained in advance from the appropriate dean.

College of Arts and Science. In no case may credits completed elsewhere after the student has been offered admission by the College of Arts and Science satisfy AXLE requirements.