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Do All Ivy League Colleges Give Credit for AP exams? No, They Don’t!

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It is a fact that five out of the eight Ivy League colleges give college credit for AP exams in which students have scored at least a 4, or in some cases, the score must be a 5. While the AP credit policies vary from school to school, they can also vary from department to department within a school. In all cases, earning high scores on AP exams helps you earn admission to top colleges. It also allows students to circumvent certain basic courses and instead to take more rewarding, higher-level classes. Here are the AP credit policies of all eight Ivy League colleges.

Columbia University: Undergraduate students may be granted credit or be exempted from certain courses or requirements on the basis of Advanced Placement tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Typically, a score of 4 or 5 is required for exemption or credit, respectively.  

Cornell University gives AP credit for exam scores of 4 or 5. Advanced placement credit is college credit that students earn before they matriculate as freshmen and that may count toward the degree and/or degree requirements as specified by the individual college at Cornell. Its primary purpose is to exempt students from introductory courses and to place them in advanced courses. Its value is that it allows students to include more advanced courses in their studies.

Harvard University: Admitted students who enter the College as freshmen in Fall 2020 (the Class of 2024), and all subsequent classes, will not be eligible to receive Harvard College degree credit for pre-matriculation credentials earned in secondary school.

University of Pennsylvania: With the exception of the Foreign Language requirement, no AP credit or waivers can be used to fulfill the General Education Requirements.

Princeton University gives credit for AP exam scores or 4 or 5, and this requirement varies by subject. AP test scores are used for enter upper-level courses, to fulfill the foreign language requirement, to become eligible for graduation in three years or with three and one-half years of study (advanced standing), and to fulfill B.S.E. general requirements in math, physics, and chemistry.

Brown University: Advanced Placement exam scores are not eligible for course credit at Brown, but students may use certain AP scores to enroll in higher-level courses and/or to satisfy concentration requirements. In other words, AP credit will not increase your course credit total. The difference between a placement credit and course credit is that placement credit carries 0.0 course credit instead of 1.0 course credit. 

Dartmouth University does not offer college credit for AP Tests. Dartmouth grants credit on entrance for AP and IB examinations, as well as offers exemptions and placement in some subject areas. Credit on entrance appears on the Dartmouth transcript and does not count towards the 35 credits required to graduate.

Yale grants AP credit for scores of 5 in English (Lang or Lit), some foreign languages, Art History, Music Theory, and Physics. It also offers 1 credit for a score of 4 on calculus BC, and 2 credits for a score of 5 on Calculus BC.