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2020 AP Exam Policies

The 2020 AP Exams were administered in an abridged, online, remote format.  The change prompted questions about format, scoring, accommodations, exam security, the digital divide, and others, which we’ve been tracking and addressing in this blog post: College Board Announces 2020 APs will be 45 Minute Long, Taken at Home, Online.

The different format also prompted questions about whether colleges would accept the 2020 exams, and if so, how enthusiastically, and on what terms? 

We have tracked, assembled, and coded the policies for over 100 competitive National Universities and 50 Liberal Arts Colleges in the table below. We will continue to update this resource as schools release statements about their AP credit policies. We have classified the policies as follows:

  • No Stated Policy (NSP) = the school has not made any announcements about treating the 2020 AP Exams differently from prior years’ exams; we will wait and see if they announce a credit policy.
  • Accept / NSP Credit = While the school will accept the exam results, they have yet to determine if the credit policy will change.
  • Accept / Usual Credit = the school has announced that it will give credit for the 2020 AP Exams indistinguishably from prior and subsequent years’ traditional exams
  • Accept / Modified Credit / Own Placement Tests = the school will accept results from the 2020 AP Exams, but has modified its policy in how it will confer credit and/or may ask students to supplement the AP results with the school’s own in-house placement exams.  Policy modifications differ by school. Examine these credit policies carefully.
  • Accept / Evaluating Credit or Placement = the school will accept results from the 2020 AP Exams, but is evaluating whether they will amend credit or placement policies for the 2020 Exams. We will wait and see what credit policy they decide to announce. 
  • Doesn’t Give Credit = the school does not confer course credit for AP Exams. 
  • Will Not Accept = the school conferred credit for traditional AP Exams, but will not confer credit for the 2020 AP Exams. 

AP Policies last updated 8/12/2020

SchoolAP PolicyLanguage
American UniversityAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsDue to COVID-19, the College Board has announced changes to the format of the AP 2019-20 AP exam administration. American University is committed to ensuring that AP students receive the appropriate AU credit they have earned as outlined below.
Amherst CollegeDoesn't Give CreditIf a student has taken International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or college courses during secondary school, we view this as significant evidence of academic accomplishment and preparation. In addition some Amherst departments will allow a student to forego introductory level courses in areas in which rigorous work has already been completed. However, we do not accept such courses for credit or advanced standing.
BarnardAccept / Usual Credit** FOR EXAMS TAKEN IN SPRING 2020**: Barnard will accept AP and IB exams in the new format this year for credit. AP scores of 4 or 5 or IB scores of 5, 6 or 7 on HL exams will be considered for credit. Scores can determine placement into Barnard class sequences, but they will not exempt students from Foundations requirements. Students who would like their scores considered for credit should have their official scores sent to the Office of the Registrar. Barnard will accept a maximum of 16 credits.
BatesNSP
BaylorAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsBaylor University will accept the 2020 AP abbreviated exam scores for credit as indicated in the table below with the exception of Music Theory. Since AP will only be providing a Total Score for Music Theory, students scoring a 5 on the exam will be given credit for MUS 1301 (Music Theory I). Students wishing to pursue credit for MUS 1101 (Musicianship I) should contact the School of Music.
Berea CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
BinghamtonAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsAs a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AP Exams offered in May 2020 will transfer based on the following equivalencies, regardless of when a student enters Binghamton University.
Boston CollegeAccept / Usual CreditBoston College will continue to acknowledge our incoming students’ aptitude and hard work in rigorous academic coursework by maintaining our Advanced Placement policy which allows students to use qualifying scores to fulfill requirements in the University Core Curriculum.
Boston UniversityAccept / Usual CreditBoston University has decided to honor all current advanced credit policies for fall 2020. Please see our approved advanced credit policies for 2020-21.
BowdoinNSP
BrandeisAccept / Usual CreditBrandeis is committed to ensuring that students receive credit for the rigorous coursework they completed this year. Brandeis will accept appropriate AP scores received on the shortened at home administration of the AP exam offered in Spring 2020 for credit transfer.
BrownDoesn't Give CreditAdvanced 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. [NB: Individual departments may have altered how AP scores can be used for placement]
Bryn MawrAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsFOR CLASS OF 2024 ADMITTED STUDENTS: The College Board and IBO have committed to releasing AP and IB scores even though they will be arriving at the scores in a different manner than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bryn Mawr will accept those scores using our standard matrix. Our placement test policies may be adjusted.
BucknellNSP
BYUAccept / Usual Credit***COVID-19 UPDATE: BYU WILL ACCEPT THE ONLINE EXAMS FOR THE 2020 AP TEST***
Cal TechNSP
CarletonAccept / Usual CreditCarleton continues to offer advanced standing (transfer) credit for up to three subjects from these systems as usual. We recognize that much work has already gone into this years’ study in these challenging qualifications, and even though many exams have been cancelled or modified, the examination boards have indicated they will still be awarding credentials that reflect the completion of that work. Please see the official websites of your exam boards for more details. Minimum grade requirements still apply. Credit will be granted provisionally upon receipt of official results.
Carnegie MellonAccept / Usual CreditDue to CDC guidance related to COVID-19, spring 2020 AP Exams are being conducted online and IB examinations have been suspended, to be replaced with either a diploma or a course certificate reflecting the student’s standard of work. Carnegie Mellon University will accept these spring 2020 results in lieu of traditional AP and IB examination results.
Case Western ReserveAccept / Usual CreditNo chages from prior years credit in chart.
Claremont McKennaAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsStudents earning an AP, IB, or SAT Subject Test score in the 2020 examinations satisfying the foreign language general education requirement must demonstrate commensurate foreign language competency through a placement examination before the credit may be issued. Students who fail to place into the third college semester (or above) will not earn credit from their AP/IB exam and will not satisfy the foreign language general education requirement.
Clark UniversityNSP
ClemsonAccept / Usual CreditClemson University is committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked so hard to earn. AP Exams will still be scored on the traditional scale of 1-5.
ColbyDoesn't Give CreditCredits shown do not count toward the 128 required for graduation, but can be used for advanced course placement and to satisfy distribution requirements.
ColgateAccept / Usual CreditColgate will continue to offer transfer and pre-matriculation (includes AP/IB/A-level) credits consistent with the practices of previous years. Department chairs may request equivalence modifications and award general institutional credit in some cases. The decision to pursue testing remains the individual choice of each student.
College of the Holy CrossNSP
College of William and MaryAccept / Usual CreditThe College Board will administer an exam (albeit shorter and in a different modality than the norm) and will issue AP “scores;” William & Mary will accept the scores the College Board reports for 2020 and grant credit in accordance with our existing requirements.
Colorado CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Colorado School of MinesAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments have been made to the Mines AP Credit acceptance policy for Calculus for students taking the 2020 AP Calculus BC Exam... It has been announced that the 2020 AP Calculus exam will not include an AB subscore. Because students scoring a 3 on the Calculus BC exam often score a 4 or 5 on the AB subscore, the Mines policy for acceptance of AP credit for Calculus will be as follows for students taking the 2020 AP Calculus BC Exam only.
ColumbiaAccept / Usual CreditNo chages from prior years credit in chart.
Connecticut CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
CornellAccept / Usual CreditFor students planning to start studies at Cornell in 2020, 2021, or 2022 who have been enrolled this term in accelerated programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge A-Levels, and who will be unable to take the exams or taking a different form of exam, Cornell will continue its current practices in awarding credit and course placement, using the modified results and reporting that the testing agencies have announced.
DartmouthNSPCredit policy listed in chart
DavidsonAccept / Usual CreditThere will be no changes to our AP policies due to COVID-19 changes to the AP examination process.
DenisonNSPCredit policy listed in chart
DePauw UniversityNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Dickinson CollegeAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
DrexelNSP
Duke UniversityNSPCredit policy listed in chart
ElonAccept / Usual CreditElon University awards credit for acceptable Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test scores.
EmoryAccept / Usual CreditEmory University will accept AP credit in the same way as we have in the past. Review our AP test and credit policies.
Florida State UniversityNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Fordham UniversityAccept / Usual CreditWe will continue to recognize the academic rigor of the Advanced Placement program and appropriately acknowledge your achievement in AP courses and on the 2020 online exams. Results for these modified AP exams will be considered for transfer credit in an identical manner to previous years.
Franklin and MarshallNSP
Furman UniversityNSP
George Washington UniversityAccept / Usual CreditWe understand that this is stressful when students have worked so hard taking these rigorous classes. We have kept our transfer credit policy in place, and we will honor the AP scores for all exams taken in spring 2020.
GeorgetownAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsGeorgetown University is pleased to announce that it will honor the scores reported to us for the 2020 online AP exams. The amount of credit awarded will be determined by Georgetown’s AP policy, which is currently being reviewed, as it is every year, and will be finalized by individual departments later this spring. While some policies may change, they will NOT discriminate against 2020 AP scores based on the COVID-related adjustments to AP testing. Updated credit policy listed in chart
Georgia TechAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement Tests**Please be aware foreign language credit is only awarded with a score of 3 for First Year students starting 2020-2021.
GonzagaAccept / Usual CreditThe College Board announced changes to the Advanced Placement (AP) testing format. The changing test format will not affect Gonzaga’s policy for AP exams. We will honor our current policy.
GrinnellNSPCredit policy listed in chart
HamiltonNSPCredit policy listed in chart
HarvardDoesn't Give CreditThis means that Advanced Placement examinations, the International Baccalaureate diploma, and international credentials will no longer be recognized for Harvard College credit toward the degree beginning with the students who enter the College in Fall 2020. These examinations will continue to serve as valuable placement tools, and certain examinations may still fulfill the College’s language requirement. Previously "Similarly, you will not be disadvantaged if you are unable to submit AP results."
Harvey MuddAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsGiven the nature of Harvey Mudd’s challenging curriculum, there are few courses for which AP or IB examinations afford placement credit. While a number of students will have some advanced placement from their prior experience, most first-year students will be enrolled in the default sequence of courses which begin at an appropriately advanced level, given the intial conditions of the entering class.
HaverfordNSP
Indiana University - BloomingtonNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Johns HopkinsAccept / Usual CreditNo chages from prior years credit in chart.
KenyonAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
LafayetteAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
LehighAccept / Usual CreditScores from the new online format for AP exams will be honored according to our existing policies.
Loyola MarymountAccept / Usual CreditLMU is not changing our policy surrounding the acceptance of AP exam scores for credit. For more details, please click here.
Macalester CollegeNSP
MarquetteAccept / Usual CreditMarquette will award credit for achievement on AP examinations. You can view a list of AP credit transfers here. Official scores will need to be sent from College Board.
Miami University - OxfordNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Michigan State UniversityAccept / Usual CreditWe will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards and other institutions for final documentation of a students examinations and work. MSU will grant credit, where appropriate, based on the scores we receive from these organizations.
MiddleburyAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit listed in credit chart [NB: The only change appears to be no credit for political science exams - Comparitive or US Government and Politicis]
MITAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsThe first thing you should know is that MIT has always awarded relatively limited credit for advanced placement exams offered by third party organizations. Instead, most MIT students who wish to accelerate their learning do so via our own Advanced Standing Examinations (ASEs), which allow students to demonstrate competency in several core subjects during their orientation.
Mount HolyokeNSP
New Jersey Institue of TechnologyNSPCredit policy listed in chart
North Carolina State University - RaleighNSPCredit policy listed in chart
NortheasternAccept / Usual CreditNortheastern understands the modality in which students will be tested for 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams will change due to the circumstances of COVID-19. We will continue to accept scores of 4 and 5 for transfer credit
NorthwesternAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement Tests"To the extent that AP and IB scores earn credit for our incoming students, our registrar’s office is working with academic departments to determine whether test modifications will affect our credit policies."

REVISED ON 6/28/20: "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... 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."
Notre DameAccept / Usual CreditThe Academy will continue to grant credit for examination in its current policy for those examinations that have moved online. For information on credit given for scores achieved,
NYUAccept / Usual CreditWe will be granting credit as normal for AP, IB, & A-Level exams taken in spring 2020.
OberlinAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
OccidentalAccept / Usual CreditThere are no changes to the way Occidental awards AP, IB and A-level credits this year, even with the changes made to the format of the test environments.
Ohio State University - ColumbusAccept / Usual CreditThe OATN recognizes the need for these changes and the need to hold students harmless in light of these changes. Consequently, it is OATN policy that the FY 20 Spring AP Exam scores will be accepted for college credit, using the same guarantees that exist in current policy.
Oregon State UniversityAccept / Usual CreditIf you are taking AP exams at home during the Spring 2020 due to Covid-19 you will be awarded credit based on the score earned in the same way we would have if you were at school and taking the longer exam.
Penn StateNSPCredit policy listed in chart
PepperdineAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
PitzerNSP
PomonaAccept / Usual CreditThere is no change to our policies for accepting AP and IB scores to award course credits. Course credit is awarded to students with scores of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) exams; for scores of 6 or 7 on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; and for comparable scores on British A-Level exams. Exams based on year-long courses receive one credit; exams based on semester-long courses receive one-half course credit. Credit is not granted for exams that duplicate each other, such as AP and IB English Literature.
PrincetonAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsORIGINAL POLICY: "Princeton academic departments are reviewing their credit policies for Advanced Placement (AP) tests administered in May 2020 because changes in coverage and format could affect the relationship between these tests and the material covered and assessed in analogous Princeton courses. Our primary concern is that students be placed appropriately for success in our sequenced courses, and so some language and science departments will require incoming students to take a Princeton test to confirm course placement and credit. Other departments, including economics, English, and history, have determined there will be no change in the credit policies for tests in these areas. Provisional IB and A-level score reports for 2020 will be used for placement purposes only."

REVISED ON 5/29: Some academic departments have changed their credit policies for Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered in May 2020 in response to changes in AP exam format and coverage necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis. The academic departments below require additional verification for test scores awarded in 2020.

The departments of Chemistry and Physics will require students to confirm placement and credit through a departmental placement test administered during orientation.

The departments of German, Spanish, French and Italian will require students to confirm placement and credit through a departmental placement test administered during the summer.

The department of Mathematics will accept AP test scores from 2020 only for placement purposes. Credit may be awarded on the basis of a departmental placement test administered during orientation.
PurdueAccept / Usual CreditPurdue will continue to accept AP credit as usual.
Rensselaer PolytechnicNSPCredit policy listed in chart
RiceAccept / Usual CreditDue to CDC guidance related to COVID-19, Spring 2020 AP Exams are being conducted online and IB and A-Level examinations have been suspended, to be replaced with either a diploma, a grade or a course certificate reflecting the student’s standard of work. Rice will accept these Spring 2020 results in lieu of traditional AP, IB and A-Level examination results.
RutgersAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsThere is no change for how AP credits are awarded for students entering in Fall 2020. However, since some of the 2020 Advanced Placement exams will not include all of the units typically covered on those exams, students who earn scores of 4 and 5 on some exams in the 2020 test administration may need to consult with faculty and professional advisors to determine if they have the prerequisite knowledge and background to be successful in more advanced coursework in the fall semester. Once AP scores are received in July, advisors will reach out to students as appropriate with more information and guidance.
Saint Louis UniversityAccept / Usual CreditWe will honor AP/CLEP/IB scores as they have amended their policies due to COVID-19.
Santa Clara UniversityAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsStudents who are awarded credit for exams taken in Spring 2020 that covered a shortened curriculum and who wish to enroll in the next level course at Santa Clara University should consult with their department and/or advisor to ensure they will not be at a disadvantage in that field of study. Updated credit policy listed in chart
ScrippsNSP
SkidmoreNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Smith CollegeAccept / Usual CreditSmith College will grant credit for the modified Advanced Placement exams taken in May 2020 in accordance with our existing prematriculation credit policy (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar/transfer-credit). When the AP credit is being used to meet a prerequisite requirement, the student must have a conversation with the course instructor or a representative of the department to verify that they have a comprehensive grasp of the background that is essential for that course. In some disciplines, the student may be required to take a subject matter/placement exam in order to demonstrate that knowledge.
Soka UniversityDoesn't Give CreditSoka University of America participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program offered by the College Board. AP credits are not awarded; however, academic programs and areas may grant placement based on AP results.
Southern Methodist UniversityAccept / Usual CreditIn response to school closings due to the impact of COVID-19, the College Board AP Exams were administered online in May 2020. SMU recognizes both the need for these changes and the effort that students already made in these challenging courses. The university remains committed to granting academic credit to students for the successful completion of 2020 AP Exams.
StanfordAccept / Usual CreditWe understand the College Board has changed the AP exam format due to COVID-19. Even with this change, we are maintaining our current AP credit and Advanced Standing policy. We also remain committed to holistic admission: your entire application, including optional AP exam scores, will be reviewed within the context of these uncertain circumstances and the adjusted exam format. AP test scores are not required for Stanford’s application.
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Stony BrookNSPCredit policy listed in chart
SwarthmoreAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsSwarthmore’s academic departments set their own policies about awarding credit, which may change based on the College Board’s recent announcement that the 2019-20 exams will be administered in an online, 45-minute test format. We will provide an update on our AP and IB Credit website as soon more information is available.
Syracuse UniversityNSPCredit policy listed in chart
TCUNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Texas A&MAccept / Usual CreditTexas A&M University accepts scores on certain College Board Advanced Placement tests for credit in selected courses.
Thomas Aquinas CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Trinity CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
TuftsAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsTufts prematriculation policies are unchanged. We are accepting AP credits this year, adhering to the scale developed by each academic department. However, given the shortened semester and the loss of content coverage in many AP courses and the scaled-back AP exams, we will be urging many students to simply take the Tufts class instead of using Advanced Placement to take a higher-level course because they may easily find themselves in over their heads... We will not allow high school grades to substitute for AP scores because grades, content knowledge, and depth of learning can vary across high schools, even among students with all As. Further, the AP scoring system does not just confer credit; it allows students to skip an introductory course to attempt a higher-level course. Updated credit policy listed in chart [NB: Only change appears to be no credit for 3 on Calc BC]
TulaneAccept / Usual CreditTulane will continue to accept AP, IB, and A Level scores without any change to our previously established equivalency chart. Scores from shortened AP exams, and scores determined from previous internal assessment and practice exams (IB and A Level) will continue to carry the same weight as previous years.
U of ChicagoAccept / Usual CreditUChicago does not require AP or SAT Subject Test results for any applicant. We understand that many students’ preparation for or ability to take these exams will be impacted by current events. Supplemental testing is not required in our admission process, even for test-optional candidates, and it will not impact a student’s application if they are unable to share these test results with us next year.
UC BerkeleyAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UC DavisAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UC IrvineAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UC RiversideAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UCLAAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UCSBAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UCSCAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UCSDAccept / Usual CreditUC recognizes the effort that students have already applied in these challenging courses and will award UC credit for 2020 AP exams completed with scores of 3, 4 or 5, consistent with previous years.
UNC Chapel HillNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Union CollegeNSPCredit policy listed in chart
University of BuffaloAccept / Usual CreditAn official score report from the College Board showing a minimum score of 3 on any AP Exam will guarantee credit will be awarded. In some cases, credit awarded may apply toward major, general education, or other university degree requirements.
University of ConnecticutAccept / Usual CreditUConn will recognize the effort that students have already made in these challenging courses and will continue to award credit consistent with previous years for 2020 AP online exams.
University of DelawareNSPCredit policy listed in chart
University of DenverAccept / Usual CreditCollege Board will provide universities and colleges AP scores on the normal 1-5 scale, and DU will award credit based on our standard policies. Students must take the exams to receive credit from DU.
University of FloridaNSPCredit policy listed in chart
University of GeorgiaAccept / Usual CreditThe University of Georgia remains committed to assessing the successful completion of 2020 Advanced Placement Exams. The UGA Credit Equivalencies for AP scores and credit awards are correct as published on the Office of the Registrar webpage.
University of Illinois - Urbana-ChampaignAccept / Usual CreditCollegeBoard has announced a modification to their May 2020 exams that will allow students to test at home. They will be awarding students a grade for each of their registered AP exams on the normal 1-5 scale. Our credit policies will remain the same. Incoming students will also have the opportunity to take departmental proficiency exams.
University of IowaAccept / Usual CreditYes, see our Advanced Placement Program Credit Policies for details.
University of Maryland - College ParkNSPCredit policy listed in chart
University of Massachusetts - AmherstAccept / Usual CreditUMass Amherst will follow our normal process of applying credit and course equivalency (if appropriate) to AP exams if the student provides results of the AP exam taken in spring of 2020 and receives the required score to award credit for a particular exam. Please visit the University Registrar website for more informations about AP test scores for spring 2020.
University of MiamiNSPCredit policy listed in chart
University of MichiganAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesAccept / Usual CreditYes, the University of Minnesota will accept AP and IB credits if exams are taken from home due to the impact of COVID-19. The University of Minnesota respects the expertise of testing boards, schools and educational institutions to make alternative assessment plans, due to COVID-19, for students finishing their schooling in 2020.
University of PittsburghNSP
University of RichmondAccept / Usual CreditMany national exams such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate have been moved online or cancelled. We will honor the published Credit-by-Exam policy for students entering fall 2020 who take standard or abbreviated AP exams or hold IB higher level certificates. Credit-by-exam policies are updated annually. As a reminder, UR does not require AP scores or IB scores as a condition of enrollment.
University of Rochester*Accept / Usual CreditWith regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Rochester does not intend to make any changes in our evaluation of this year's test results.
University of San FranciscoAccept / Usual CreditWe understand you may not be able to take your scheduled AP or IB exams this spring or summer as you had planned. If you are unable to take these exams, your admission to USF will not be impacted in any way. If you take these exams at a later date, we will award credit for these scores/exams as appropriate.
University of Texas - AustinNSP
University of the South - SewaneeNSP
University of VirginiaNSP
University of WashingtonAccept / Usual CreditWe recognize all the work that goes into taking an AP course and/or studying for the exam. Rest assured that a change in testing format does not change how the UW awards credit for AP exams.
University of Wisconsin - MadisonAccept / Usual CreditThe College Board has announced modifications to the AP examinations offered for the 2019-20 academic year: examinations in the spring of 2020 will be administered as 45-minute online exams to be taken at home, in lieu of the traditional face-to-face format. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is aware of these changes to the AP examination. The university remains committed to granting students academic credit for the successful completion of their examinations and will continue to accept subject area scores as before. We appreciate students’ efforts to do their best under the circumstances and look forward to welcoming new Badgers next year.
UPennAccept / Usual CreditPenn will continue to grant credit and placement for these exams. Credit policies can be found here. We understand some scores will now be based on online tests, while other scores will be based on year-long academic coursework. Testing agencies are making prudent decisions to prevent large gatherings of people. We are in communication with testing agencies around the world and we support them in the decisions they feel they need to make.
US Air Force AcademyNSP
US Military AcademyDoesn't Give CreditCadets may be excused from (validate) certain core courses if they have sufficient knowledge of a subject to meet appropriate departmental standards. Credit earned in other colleges, Advanced Placement Examination scores, and tests administered at the Military Academy are considered in validation decisions. Advanced Placement Examination scores may be used in mathematics, physics, chemistry, history, social sciences, and foreign languages. Validation of a core course allows a cadet to substitute an additional elective in place of a core course. If a cadet shows unusual ability or has prior knowledge of the subject, but does not validate the course, he/she may be enrolled in an advanced or accelerated version.
US Naval AcademyNSPCredit policy listed in chart
USCAccept / Usual CreditThe university’s AP credit-granting policy remains unchanged, since students will be able to sit for exams.
USD (University of South Dakota)Accept / Usual CreditThe South Dakota Board of Regents and public university system shall accept AP credits earned during the Spring 2020 semester according to existing Board policies and Academic Affairs Council (AAC) guidelines
VanderbiltAccept / Usual CreditDespite significant changes surrounding the administration of AP exams, Vanderbilt has decided that our current policies for AP credit will remain in effect for the class entering in fall 2020.
VassarNSP
VillanovaNSP
Virginia TechAccept / Usual CreditUndergraduate Admissions will accept scores from any modified testing and credit policies that The College Board puts in place.
Wake ForestAccept / Usual CreditNo chages from prior years credit in chart.
Washington and LeeAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsUpdated credit policy listed in chart
Washington University in St. LouisNSP
WellesleyNSPCredit policy listed in chart
WesleyanNSP
Whitman CenterAccept / Usual CreditWhitman College wants to acknowledge the hard work you put in to completing your AP courses. We will continue to accept AP credit as we always have.
WilliamsNSPCredit policy listed in chart
Worcester PolytechnicAccept / Modified Credit / Own Placement TestsWPI faculty are evaluating the changes in exam administration for 2020 exams. Due to the shortened exam length, there will be topics that are not assessed in 2020 AP exams. The faculty will be reviewing these changes to ensure there aren’t content gaps in course equivalencies to ensure that students are successful in the WPI curriculum. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies wants to assure admitted and prospective students that there will be no change in our policy for the year and the faculty will work with students to be sure that they have the background they need to be successful at WPI.
YaleAccept / Usual CreditStudents who have completed AP Exams, IB Exams, or AICE Exams prior to submitting their applications may opt to self-report scores in the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge National College Match Application. Students who have completed any of these exams and who feel that their results demonstrate strength in specific academic areas may want to self-report those scores, but reporting them is entirely optional.
YeshivaNSPCredit policy listed in chart

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