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Credit Recognition for Students Entering 2023-24

Credit based on some AP and IB (HL) scores can be applied to foundational discipline requirements and sometimes part or all of the requirement of proficiency in a language other than English. In some cases they can also substitute for particular courses. These test-based credits generally count towards the 45 units of credit needed for a Weinberg College degree, even if they are not being used for general education or major/minor requirements, but they do not count toward the Undergraduate Registration Requirement.

Information is currently under review and will be fully updated by December 2022, subject to additional revision based on new information (if any) on 2023 calendar-year testing changes. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

AP credit table for 2023-2024
Exam Score Course Credit Authorized Foundational Discipline Credit
(see note below)
Art History 5 1 unit (ART_HIST 2XX) None
Art: Drawing 5 1 unit (ART 2XX) None
Art: 2-D Art and Design 5 1 unit (ART 2XX) None
Art: 3-D Art and Design 5 1 unit (ART 2XX) None
Biology 5 1 unit (BIOL_SCI 1XX) None
Chemistry 4 1 unit (CHEM 1X0) under review
5 3.68 units (CHEM 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X) under review
Chinese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (CHINESE 1LN) None
5 2 units (CHINESE 1LN) None
Computer Science A 4, 5 1 unit (COMP_SCI 150-0) under review
Computer Science Principles 4, 5 1 unit (COMP_SCI 1XX) None
Economics—Macro 5 1 unit (ECON 201-0) under review
Economics—Micro 5 1 unit (ECON 202-0) under review
English (Language and Composition) 5 2 units (ENGLISH 1LC) None
English (Literature and Composition) 5 2 units (ENGLISH 1LT) None
Environmental Science 5 1 unit (ENVR_SCI 1XX) None
French Language and Culture 4 1 unit (FRENCH 1LN) None
5 2 units (FRENCH 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
Geography (Human) 5 1 unit (GEOG 1XX) None
German Language and Culture 4 1 unit (GERMAN 1LN) None
5 2 units (GERMAN 2LN) None
Government and Politics (United States) 5 1 unit (POLI_SCI 2XX) under review
Government and Politics (Comparative) 5 1 unit (POLI_SCI 2XX) under review
History (European) 5 2 units (HISTORY 2EU) under review
History (United States) 5 2 units (HISTORY 2US) under review
History (World) 5 2 units (HISTORY 2WL) under review
Italian Language and Culture 4 1 unit (ITALIAN 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
5 2 units (ITALIAN 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
Japanese Language and Culture 4 1 unit (JAPANESE 1LN) None
5 2 units (JAPANESE 1LN) None
Latin 4 1 unit (LATIN 2LN) None
5 2 units (LATIN 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
Mathematics (Calculus) AB, or the AB subscore of Calculus BC, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 4 1 unit (MATH 220-1) under review
5 2 units (MATH 220-1,2) under review
Mathematics (Calculus) BC, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 below 4 see Mathematics AB see Mathematics AB
4 2 units (MATH 220-1,2) under review
5 3 units (MATH 220-1,2 & Math 226-0) under review
Mathematics (Calculus) AB, for exams taken in 2020 4 1 unit (MATH 220-1) under review
5 2 units (MATH 220-1,2) under review
Mathematics (Calculus) BC, for exams taken in 2020 4 2 units (MATH 220-1,2) under review
5 3 units (MATH 220-1,2 & MATH 2XX) under review
Music Theory 5 1 unit (GEN_MUS 252-0) under review
Physics 1 5 1.34 units (PHYSICS 130-1 and lab course 13X-1) under review
Physics 2 5 1.34 units (PHYSICS 130-2 and lab course 13X-2) under review
Physics C (Mechanics) 5 1.34 units (PHYSICS 135-1 and lab course 136-1) under review
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 5 1.34 units (PHYSICS 135-2 and lab course 136-2) under review
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism), for exams taken in 2020 5 1.34 units (PHYSICS 1XX and 1XL) under review
Psychology 5 1 unit (PSYCH 110-0) under review
Spanish Language and Culture 4 1 unit (SPANISH 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
5 2 units (SPANISH 2LN) None (see language proficiency)
Spanish Literature and Culture 4 1 unit (SPANISH 2LT) None (see language proficiency)
5 2 units (SPANISH 2LT) None (see language proficiency)
Statistics, for exams taken either before or after calendar year 2020 4, 5 1 unit (STAT 210-0) under review
Statistics, for exams taken in 2020 4 1 unit (STAT 1XX) under review
5 1 unit (STAT 210-0) under review

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits

NOTE: The following list is not exhaustive. Northwestern grants credit for sufficiently high scores on most HL (Higher Level) IB exams. Northwestern does not grant credit for any SL (Standard Level) IB exams.

IB credit table for 2023-2024
International Baccalaureate higher level examination Score Northwestern credit Foundational Discipline credit
(see note below)
Arts (visual) 6, 7 1 unit (ART 2XX) None
Biology 6, 7 1 unit (BIOL_SCI 1XX) None
Chemistry 5, 6 1 unit (CHEM 1X0) under review
7 3.68 units (CHEM 1X0, 1X1, 1X2, and lab courses 11X, 12X) under review
Computer Science 5,6,7 1 unit (COMP_SCI 150-0) under review
Economics 6, 7 2 units (ECON 201-0, 202-0) under review
Geography 6, 7 1 unit (GEOG 1XX) None
History (Americas) 6, 7 2 units (HISTORY 2AM) under review
History (European) 6, 7 2 units (HISTORY 2EU) under review
History (Asia and Oceania, or Africa and Middle East) 6, 7 2 units (HISTORY 2XX) under review
Language A, English Literature 6, 7 2 units (ENGLISH 1XX) None
Language A (all languages other than English) 6 1 unit of 1XX in the relevant language None
7 2 units of 1XX in the relevant language None
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, or Applications and Interpretation 6 1 unit (MATH 2XX) None
7 2 units (MATH 2XX) None
Mathematics (test 2020 or earlier) 6, 7 1 unit (MATH 220-1)* under review
Further Mathematics (test 2020 or earlier) 6, 7 4 units (MATH 220-1,2; MATH 226-0; STAT 210-0) under review
Philosophy 7 1 unit (PHIL 1XX) under review
Physics 6, 7 2.68 units (PHIL 130-1,2 and lab courses 13X-1,2) under review
Politics (Global) 6, 7 1 unit (POLI_SCI 240-0) under review
Psychology 6, 7 1 unit (PSYCH 110-0) under review

*A student who earns a score of 6 or 7 on the IB Mathematics HL examination may be eligible for additional credit if their examination includes the Calculus Option (credit for MATH 220-2 and MATH 226-0) or the Statistics and Probability option (credit for STAT 210-0). To apply for additional credit, the student must have their high school IB Diploma Programme Coordinator submit a copy of the student's IB Registration Summary to the Office of the Registrar.

Note: If you have taken an exam not listed here (British A-Levels, for example) and wish to discuss earning credit, send the International Test Credit Evaluation Request form and a copy of your score report to wcas-forms@northwestern.edu. Policy regarding these credits and the foundational discipline requirements is under review.

Using AP and IB credits

Foundational Discipline Requirements

You can complete up to two of the twelve foundational discipline credits through AP or IB credits. These two credits must be applied in two different foundational areas. The tables above show in which area (if any) a credit can count.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Depending on which language you studied, your AP or IB score may be used to place you ahead in a language course sequence, or applied to demonstrate completed proficiency in a language other than English. In some cases you may still have to take a Northwestern placement exam. To find out where your AP or IB score places you, consult the Council on Language Instruction brochure or contact the department. You can also consult our Language Proficiency Table.

Course Equivalents 

If your score gives you credit for a specific course number (e.g., ECON 201-0), you are considered to have completed the equivalent of that course and if you take the course at Northwestern you lose the credit. If the table indicates you get credit for 1XX or 2XX, that means you have earned a generic 100- or 200-level credit in that subject. Consult the relevant academic department or program about whether generic credits can be used to place out of introductory-level courses. 

Graduation Requirements 

AP and IB credits generally count toward the 45 units of credit needed for a Weinberg degree, even if they are not being counted toward general requirements for majors or minors, etc. There is no cap on the number of credits a student may earn via AP and IB tests, but these credits do not count toward Northwestern's Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR), which specifies how many quarters must be spent at Northwestern and how many units of credit must be earned through NU courses. No matter how many AP or IB credits you have on your transcript, you must still be registered at Northwestern for the required number of quarters and earn the required number of units at the University.

Consult our information about AP/IB credits and the relevant departments for more information.

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