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AP/IB Credit Equivalencies

Information on Advanced Standing Credits – AP, IB & College Credit

Advanced Standing, meaning credit from standardized tests and college credit to be applied toward the undergraduate degree requirements, may be granted based on examination results and the evaluation of college courses taken while in high school.  The total number of advanced standing credits granted cannot exceed 32 for freshmen. 

Students admitted as transfers may apply AP and IB credits to the record, as long as these credits when added to transferred college credit do not exceed departmental limits of transfer credits. 

Note: The Department of Dance does not grant any advanced standing credit based on examination results (AP, IB), and limits the number of advanced standing credits for college courses taken while in high school to a maximum of 8.

Credit for College Courses Taken While in High School

Credit for college courses taken while in high school is granted using a different set of criteria than that used for the evaluation of credit for students transferring from a college.

Credit for college courses taken while in high school is granted for courses in subject areas taught in the College of Arts and Science at NYU, providing the grade received is “B” or better.  Credit will not be granted for college courses that also satisfy high school graduation requirements.  For students admitted to Tisch as freshmen, no credit is given for courses in expository writing or college composition.  The two-course Tisch core curriculum sequence is required of all entering freshmen, regardless of previous coursework in expository writing.  Credit will also not be granted for college courses that satisfied high school graduation requirements.

AP and IB credit

Students in all Tisch departments except Dance may receive credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a score of 4 or 5.  No credit is given for the English Language, Human Geography, Music History or Studio Art exams.  Higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams will be given credit for scores of 6 or 7.  No credit will be given for standard level IB examinations.

A maximum of 8 AP and/or IB credits may be applied toward General Education credits.  The balance of these credits will fall to electives. 

Credit from AP and IB exams will be added to student records in October.  In order to have AP or IB credit applied to your record, official exam reports must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for review.   Instructions for sending AP scores to NYU can be found on the College Board website: www.apcentral.collegeboard.com.

AP equivalencies

Note:  You may not take the college-level course in the College of Arts and Science that corresponds to the exam for which you receive credit from the AP exam. If you do, you will lose the Advanced Placement credit.

                            

AP Examination and Grade Credits NYU Course Equivalent
Art History                     4,5 4 ARTH-UA1 or ARTH-UA21 
Biology 4,5 8 BIOL-UA 11,12/ BIOL-UA 13,14 
Calculus AB  4,5 4 MATH-UA 121
Calculus BC  4 4 MATH-UA 1212
Calculus BC 5 8 MATH-UA 121, 1222
Chemistry 4,5 8

CHEM-UA 101,102/CHEM-UA 109,110 

Chinese Language and Culture   4,5 4 EAST-UA 2043
Computer Science A  4,5 4 CSCI-UA 101 
Computer Science AB  4,5 8 CSCI -UA 101, 102 
English Literature  4,5 4 No course equivalent 
English Language no credit No course equivalent 
Environmental Science  4,5 4 No course equivalent4 
European History  4,5 4 HIST-UA 1 or HIST-UA 2 
French Language 4,5 4 FREN-UA 101 
French Literature  4,5 4 FREN-UA 115 
German Language  4,5 4

GERM-UA 45

Human Geography no credit No course equivalent
Italian Language and Culture 4,5 4 ITAL-UA12
Japanese Language and Culture 4,5 4 EAST-UA 2506
Latin Literature  4,5 4 No course equivalent
Latin — Vergil  4,5 4 CLASS-UA 66 
Macroeconomics  4,5 4 ECON-UA 17
Microeconomics 4,5 4 ECON-UA 27
Music Theory no credit No course equivalent
Physics B  4 5 No course equivalent 
Physics B  5 10 PHYS-UA 11,12 
Physics C — Mech.  4,5 5 or 3 PHYS-UA 11,81 or 91 
Physics C — E&M  4,5 5 or 3 PHYS-UA 12,81,82, or 93 
Politics  4,5 4 No course equivalent 
  (U.S. Gov’t & Politics) 
Politics  4,5 4 No course equivalent 
  (Comparative Gov’t & Politics)
Psychology  4,5 4 PSYCH-UA 1
Spanish Language  4,5 4 SPAN-UA 100 7 
Spanish Literature  4,5 4

SPAN-UA 100 or SPAN-UA 200 for a 58,9 

Statistics 

4,5 4 PSYCH-UA 1010
Studio Art no credit No course equivalent
U.S. History 4,5 4 HIST-UA 9 or HIST-UA 10
World History 4,5 4 No course equivalent11

1Students who obtain a score of 5 and who major or minor in art history are exempt from the introductory course, but AP credit does not reduce the total number of courses required for the major or the minor.

2Students wishing to enroll in Calculus II (MATH-UA 122) or Calculus III (MATH-UA 123) must meet one or more of the prerequisites detailed in the Mathematics section of the bulletin.

3In order to receive credit for a score of 4 or 5 on Chinese Language and Culture and/or Japanese Language and Culture, students must successfully place above Intermediate II on language placement exams administered by the East Asian Studies department. This satisfies the MAP foreign language proficiency requirement. Credits awarded in this manner count as elective credit and cannot be applied to the East Asian Studies major or minor.

4Credit received for the Environmental Science exam does not count toward the major or minor in environmental studies.

 

5Credit received for the German Language exam does not reduce the number of courses required for the German major.

 

6Students wishing to go on in Latin or to receive credit toward a classics major or minor must consult the Classics department.

7Students who major or minor in economics in the policy concentration are exempt from the introductory principles courses as listed above, but AP credit does not reduce the total number of courses required for the major or minor. AP credit does not apply to ECON-UA 5.

8Students who obtain a score of 4 on the Spanish Literature exam receive 4 credits for SPAN-UA 100. If they wish to continue taking Spanish classes, they must take a language placement exam and consult with the Director of the Spanish Language Program.

 

9Students who obtain a score of 5 on the Spanish Literature exam receive 4 credits for SPAN-UA 100. They must consult with the Director of the Spanish Language Program if they wish to continue taking Spanish classes, or if they wish to receive credit for SPAN-UA 200 instead of SPAN-UA 100. 

 

10Students who obtain a score of 5 and who major in psychology receive credit for Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences and may count it toward the major. Those with a score of 4 are exempt from this course, but the AP credit does not count toward the nine courses required for the major.

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Credit can count as an elective toward the history major but not toward the history minor.