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Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credits

Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores may be used toward a bachelor’s degree. The type and level of test credit awarded is standardized across the undergraduate schools, though each school has separate rules regarding the use of test credit to fulfill degree requirements (see School-Specific Policies below).

Students may not receive duplicate credit in one area of study. For example, a student who takes the AP and IB exams in calculus and receives eligible scores on both will be granted credit for only one set of results. An updated test credit policy is published annually for the incoming class. See the tables below for the current year’s policy.

School specific policies

Score submission guidelines

  • In order to apply AP credit to your Northwestern record, contact the College Board and request your scores be sent to Northwestern University. Our school code is 1565. The eligible AP credit is added to your student record through an electronic process. For incoming undergraduates, requests should be sent to the College Board no later than August 1st to ensure credit is posted in time for new-student advising. If you request submission of scores after August 1st, please contact us at nu-registrar@northwestern.edu to let us know your scores were sent. If you are a current student who requested submission of credit-worthy scores that are not reflected on your record, please email nu-registrar@northwestern.edu with the name the scores are under and the date you made the request of the College Board.
  • IB results can be delivered by request via the Diploma Programme Coordinator or sent directly to Northwestern depending on the time frame. Please visit www.ibo.org for additional details. IB results should be requested no later than mid-July to ensure credit is posted in time for new-student advising.
  • For information on receiving other types of test credit such as European National Exams like the French Baccalaureate or GCE A-Level, please contact the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Office of Undergraduate Studies at (847) 491-7560, or bring a copy of your score report to 1922 Sheridan Road.

Advanced placement credit recognition table 2018-19

Exam Score Course credit authorized
Art History 5 1 unit (Art Hist 2XX)
Studio Art 5 1 unit (Art 1XX)
Biology 5 1 unit (Biol Sci 1XX)
Chemistry 3, 4 1 unit (Chem 1X0);
placement in Chem 171/181
  5 3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X); placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1/232-1
Chinese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Chinese 1LN)
  5 2 units (Chinese 1LN)
Computer Science A 4, 5 1 unit (EECS 110)
Computer Science Principles 4, 5 1 unit (EECS 1XX)
Economics—Macro 5 1 unit (Econ 201)
Economics—Micro 5 1 unit (Econ 202)
English (Language and Composition) 5 2 units (English 1LC)
English (Literature) 5 2 units (English 1LT)
Environmental Science 5 1 unit (Envr Sci 1XX)
French Language and Culture 4 1 unit (French 1LN)
  5 2 units (French 2LN)
Geography (Human) 5 1 unit (Geog 1XX)
German Language and Culture 4 1 unit (German 1LN)
  5 2 units (German 2LN)
Government and Politics (American) 5 1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)
Government and Politics (Comparative) 5 1 unit (Poli Sci 2XX)
History (European) 5 2 units (History 2EU)
History (U.S.) 5 2 units (History 2US)
History (World) 5 2 units (History 2WL)
Italian Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Italian 2LN)
  5 2 units (Italian 2LN)
Japanese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (Japanese 1LN)
  5 2 units (Japanese 1LN)
Latin 4 1 unit (Latin 2LN)
  5 2 units (Latin 2LN)
Mathematics (Calculus) AB,
or the AB subscore of Calculus BC
4, 5 1 unit (Math 220)
Mathematics (Calculus) BC below 4 see Mathematics AB
  4, 5 2 units (Math 220, Math 224)
Music Theory 5 1 unit (Gen Mus 252)
Physics 1 5 1.34 units (Physics 130-1 and lab course 13X-1)
Physics 2 5 1.34 units (Physics 130-2 and lab course 13X-2)
Physics B (replaced by Physics 1 and Physics 2 in 2014-15) 5 2.68 units (Physics 130-1,2 and lab courses 13X-1,2)
Physics C (Mechanics) 5 1.34 units (Physics 135-1 and lab course 136-1)
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) 5 1.34 units (Physics 135-2 and lab course 136-2)
Psychology 4, 5 1 unit ( Psych 110)
Spanish Language 4 1 unit (Spanish 2LN)
  5 2 units (Spanish 2LN)
Spanish Literature 4 1 unit (Spanish 2LT)
  5 2 units (Spanish 2LT)
Statistics 4, 5 1 unit (Stat 202)

International baccalaureate credit recognition table 2018-19

Please note: The following list is not exhaustive. Northwestern grants credit for sufficiently high scores on most HL (Higher Level) IB exams. For more information, contact the Weinberg College Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising. Northwestern does not grant credit for any SL (Subsidiary Level) IB exams.

Higher level
IB exam
Score Northwestern credit
Biology 6,7 1 unit (Biology 1XX)
Chemistry 5,6 1 unit (Chem 1X0);
placement in Chem 171/181
  7 3.68 units (Chem 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X); placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1/232-1
Computer Science 5,6,7 1 unit (EECS 110)
Economics 6,7 2 units (Econ 201,202)
English 6,7 2 units (English 1XX)
Foreign Language (all languages) 6 1 unit of 1XX in the relevant language
  7 2 units of 1XX in the relevant language
History (American) 6,7 2 units (History 2AM)
History (European) 6,7 2 units (History 2EU)
Mathematics 5,6 1 unit (Math 220)
  7 2 units (Math 220, Math 224)
Physics 6,7 2.68 units (Physics 130-1,2 and lab courses 13X-1,2)
Psychology 6,7 1 unit (Psych 110)