Advanced Standing Credit

Degree-seeking freshman or sophomore students may earn advanced standing credit for specific UW Colleges courses. The courses are determined by the academic departments and are described in the three sections that follow (Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, and additional academic department offerings). In some cases, standard examinations such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the College Board Advanced Placement Examination are used. Advanced standing credits will be recorded on the student's transcript as such and grades will not be assigned to those courses. Additional information on earning advanced standing credits is available in the campus Student Affairs Office.

Advanced Placement

UW Colleges accepts for degree credit all successfully completed College Board Advanced Placement Examinations with scores of three, four or five. See the Academic Department Additional Offerings section for the specific UW Colleges credit that is awarded for each of the AP exams.

College Level Examination Program

Degree-seeking students may earn degree credits by taking the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations. These tests must be taken before completing the first 16 college credits. Credit may be earned for the CLEP General Examination sections in Humanities, Social Sciences and/or Natural Sciences. Minimum scores to earn credits are as follows:

  • Humanities: 57, 4 credits
  • Social Sciences: 57, 4 credits
  • Natural Sciences: 57, 4 credits

Credit earned for the Natural Sciences section will not count toward the associate degree natural science laboratory requirement.

Students will not receive credit for the English or math sections of the CLEP General Examination. Credit cannot be awarded in any area in which a college course has been completed prior to the exam. Any credits earned by taking the CLEP General Examination will be recorded as such on students' transcripts. CLEP Subject Examinations accepted by the UW Colleges are listed under each department in the Academic Department Additional Offerings section below.

International Baccalaureate

UW Colleges accepts for degree credit all successfully completed International Baccalaureate Examinations with a score of four or higher. See the Academic Department Additional Offerings section for the specific UW Colleges credit that is awarded for each of the AP exams. Three additional elective credits will be awarded to students who complete the full International Baccalaureate Diploma.