Information for Incoming First Year College Students

Emory College recognizes that entering students differ in preparation and proficiency in various subjects. In recognition and support of superior attainment, the college provides a variety of ways in which students may qualify for advanced courses or accelerate their progress toward both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Advanced Placement Policy

Undergraduate students admitted to Emory University as students in Emory College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) or Oxford College may receive up to 12 credit hours towards hours required for graduation.  Students with more than four acceptable AP test scores may receive a non-credit-bearing course waiver for each additional test.  IB test scores and credit from similar internationally recognized testing schemes (e.g., A-levels, French Baccalaureate) will be treated in the same way as AP test scores. 

  1. Faculty in ECAS and Oxford College will jointly determine the scores for specific tests that will be accepted, and the equivalent courses at Emory that tests can replace.  Scores below 4 will not be accepted as fulfilling Emory requirements.  For example, the ECAS Mathematics department and Oxford Mathematics faculty will jointly review the Calculus AP tests to determine whether Emory will accept scores of 4 and 5, or only scores of 5 for each test.  The faculty will further evaluate whether the AP test credit can be used as a pre-requisite for courses that require MATH 111 or MATH_OX 111 as a pre-requisite.
  2. Students will receive 3 credit hours for each accepted test scores, up to 12 total credit hours.   Where two exams are offered in one field, for example English Literature and English Language, languages, or computer science, credit will be offered for one but not both exams.  Students who take both the AP and IB tests for the same course are eligible to have only one test posted for the course.
  3. Students may fulfill GER requirements with AP or IB tests if the equivalent Emory courses fulfill GER requirements.  For AP or IB courses that offer only elective credit, students receive credit hours but may not use the test scores to fulfill GER requirements or as pre-requisites for more advanced courses. 
  4. Students may use AP test credit to allow them to begin with more advanced courses.  For example, a student with appropriate AP test scores for Economics may begin with ECON 112 if the Economics faculty determine that AP courses cover the curriculum of ECON 101. 
  5. All AP and IB tests with appropriate scores for credit hours or waivers will be posted to the Emory transcript.  This will allow a student to use these test scores as pre-requisites, and allow advisors to understand students’ preparation for more advanced courses. 
  6. Test score information must be sent to Emory directly from the organization issuing test scores and must be received by the end of a student’s first semester at Emory.

Transient study policies are set separately from these policies.

Language Placement

Language placement is handled variously by the different language departments. No credit is awarded for courses a student exempts as a result of placement.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

No credit is awarded for the College-Level Examination Program.

Information for Transfer Students

The Office of Admission evaluates all credit hours earned from previous institutions, including AP/IB scores, upon acceptance to Emory College of Arts and Sciences.  Students may transfer a maximum of 62 credit hours. 

  • Freshman seminar may be waived for incoming transfer students based on credit hours at matriculation.
  • Freshman writing requirement will be waived for incoming transfer students with 30+ hours at matriculation.
  • One continuing writing requirement will be waived for incoming transfer students with 60+ hours at matriculation
  • The Personal Health Requirement (Health 100) is waived for all transfer students.    
  • Transfer students must complete their 64 academic hours at Emory.