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

Emory College grants three semester hours of credit for each score of 4 or 5 on examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. In the case of Advanced Placement examinations in which two exams are offered (i.e., English, foreign languages, computer science), credit may be awarded for either exam but not for two. The Mathematics Department awards six hours credit for a score of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam. Students receiving credit for the BC exam cannot receive credit for the Calculus AB exam as well. Students who do not receive credit for Calculus BC but score 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB subgrade will receive three hours credit for the subgrade. No credit is granted in Emory College for scores below 4. Emory awards no academic credit for AP work that has not been placed on the student’s official transcript by the end of that student’s first semester of study on campus. No credit is granted for the Human Geography or International English Language exams. Students earning credit in Emory College on the basis of advanced placement examinations should consult with the appropriate college department regarding the course level at which to continue their study of those subjects at Emory. Students can receive no more than twenty-four (24) credit hours for AP and IB exams. General Education requirements can be waived in areas covered by the exams for which credit cannot be conferred. Students who want to waive AP credit must do so officially by the end of their first semester at Emory College. A students who has received A.P. credit and wants to take the equivalent course at Emory cannot count those additional credits toward graduation.

International Baccalaureate

Emory College recognizes the academic challenge of the International Baccalaureate and will grant credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher-level examinations. No credit is awarded for standard-level examinations. When IB credit is awarded, a student may not receive Advanced Placement credit that duplicates the IB work. All IB credit obtained prior to enrollment in Emory College must appear on the student’s official Emory transcript by the end of the student’s first semester at Emory.


First-year students in Emory College may exempt certain courses on the basis of advanced work done in high school or placement tests given by individual departments. Although students are not given credit for courses exempted, they are permitted to enroll in more advanced courses.

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 64 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.