Advanced Placement and College Credits

Advanced placement credit is college credit that students earn before they matriculate as first-year students, and can count toward degree requirements. Each college at Cornell specifies their own criterion for AP credit. At AAP, the primary purpose and value of AP credits is to exempt students from introductory classes and place them into advanced classes. All advanced placement credit is applied as free elective credit, with the exception of credit earned for the English Literature and Composition and English Language and Composition exams. URS students may apply credit from those exams toward a maximum of one First-Year Writing Seminar.

Sources of Advanced Placement Credit

Advanced placement credit may be earned from the following:

  • The requisite score from the Advanced Placement examinations (AP exams) from the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) in Princeton, New Jersey. The requisite scores, which vary by subject, are determined by the relevant departments at Cornell and are listed in the Courses of Study catalog. Entering first-year students should have their scores from CEEB AP exams sent to the AAP registrar's office, if they have not already been officially submitted to Cornell.
  • Acceptable performance on a Cornell department exam (offered only in some subjects, usually during orientation). A schedule of departmental examinations appears in the Orientation Guide, which is available to entering students in June. Students need to register for those examinations in the relevant department.
  • A regular class taught at an accredited college, to college students and approved by the relevant department at Cornell. Some departments accept credit from virtually all accredited colleges; some do not. For additional information, refer to the AAP policy on college credit earned while in high school (below). Entering first-year students who have completed college classes for which they want to receive credit toward their Cornell degree should contact the AAP Office of Admissions and Academic Services for an application for credit earned while in high school.
  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level and International Baccalaureate examinations. The requisite scores, which vary by subject, are determined by the relevant departments at Cornell and are listed in the Courses of Study catalog.

Note: Cornell University does not accept credit for classes sponsored by colleges but taught in high schools, to high school students, even if the college provides a transcript of such work. Students who have taken such classes may, however, earn credit by taking an appropriate examination as described above. College course work completed while in high school may be considered for credit if it satisfies the four criteria outlined below.

AAP Policy for Credit Earned While in High School

Course work completed while in high school may be considered for credit if there is sufficient evidence that:

  • The class was a standard class available to all students registered at the college/university
  • The class syllabus, text(s), examinations, and evaluation processes are the same for all enrolled students at all teaching sites
  • The class instructor is a faculty member (includes adjunct) at the offering college
  • The class was not used to fulfill high school requirements.

If your course work meets these requirements, please contact the AAP Office of Admissions and Academic Services to request an application for credit earned while in high school.