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Credit by Examination

If you have further questions regarding AP, IB, OU placement tests, or CLEP, please contact either the Office of Admission or the Registrar for more information.

AP
(Advanced Placement Program)

The university encourages students who have completed AP exams to submit their scores for evaluation prior to enrollment.. The general policy of Oglethorpe toward such scores isas follows: 1) academic credit will be given in the appropriate area to students presenting AP scores of 3, 4, or 5; 2) neither credit nor exemption will be given for a score of 1 or 2; and 3) maximum credit allowed to any student based on AP scores will be 32 credit hours. Specific policies are indicated in the chart which follows. This chart is subject to update at any time.

AP Credit Chart

AP Exam Score Required
OU Credit Hours
Course Equivalents
Arts
  Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, or Drawing), 3+ 4 Elective credit in art
  History, 3+ 4 Elective credit in art
  Music Theory, 3+ (4) Faculty evaluation prior to awarding of credit
STEM
  Biology, 4+ 4 (up to 8) GEN-102: Natural Science: The Biological Sciences, and (subject to placement) BIO-102: General Biology II
  Biology, 3 4 GEN-102: Natural Science: The Biological Sciences
  Calculus AB, 3+ 4 MAT-131: Calculus I
  Calculus BC, 3+ 8 MAT-131: Calculus I, and MAT-132: Calculus II
  Chemistry, 4+ 4 CHM-101: General Chemistry I
  Chemistry, 3 4 GEN-101: Natural Science: The Physical Sciences
  Computer Science A, 3+ 4 CSC-201: Introduction to Programming
  Environmental Science, 3+ 4 Elective credit in natural science
  Physics 1, 3+ 4 PHY-101: General Physics I, or PHY-102: General Physics II
  Physics 2, 3+ 4 PHY-101: General Physics I, or PHY-102: General Physics II
  Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, 3+ 5 PHY-201: College Physics I, or PHY-202: College Physics II
  Physics C: Mechanics, 3+ 5 PHY-201: College Physics I, or PHY-202: College Physics II
  Statistics, 3+ 4 MAT-111: Statistics
English
  English Language and Composition, 4+ 4 Elective credit in English
  English Language and Composition, 3 (4) Faculty evaluation prior to awarding of credit
  English Literature and Composition, 4+ 4 Elective credit in English
  English Literature and Composition, 3 (4) Faculty evaluation prior to awarding of credit
History and Social Sciences
  Comparative Government and Politics, 3+ 4 Elective credit in politics
  European History , 3+ 4 Elective credit in history
  Human Geography, 3+ 4 Elective credit
  Macroeconomics, 3+ 4 Elective credit in economics
  Microeconomics, 3+ 4 ECO-121: Introduction to Economics
  Psychology, 3+ 4 PSY-101: Introduction to Psychology
  United States Government and Politics, 3+

4

POL-101: Introduction to American Politics
  United States History, 3+ 4 Elective credit in history
  World History, 3+ 4 Elective credit in history
World Languages and Cultures
  Chinese Language and Culture, 3+   Policy pending, elective credit
  French Language and Culture, 3+ 8 FRE-101: Elementary French I, and FRE-102: Elementary French II
  German Language and Culture, 3+ 8 GER-101: Elementary German I, and GER-102: Elementary German II
  Italian Languge and Culture, 3+   Policy pending, elective credit
  Japanese Language and Culture, 3+ 8 JPN-101: Elementary Japanese I, and JPN-102: Elementary Japanese II
  Latin, 3+ 8 LAT-101: Elementary Latin I, and, LAT-102: Elementary Latin II
  Spanish Language and Culture, 3+ 8 SPN-101: Elementary Spanish I, and SPN-102: Elementary Spanish II

 

IB
(International Baccalaureate Programme
)

With the goal of developing citizens of the world, Oglethorpe University  recognizes and appreciates the intellectual rigors of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, its interdisciplinary nature, global perspective, and commitment to service. The alignment between courses like Theory of Knowledge and Oglethorpe’s Core Curriculum leads to a seamless integration into academic life  at Oglethorpe.  Because of this, four-year renewable IB scholarships as well as advanced standing are awarded upon enrollment at Oglethorpe for earning an IB Diploma.

Hours will initially be awarded as general elective credits based upon the total IB diploma score (see IB Diploma General Elective Chart below), with a score of 30 or higher earning sophomore standing (32 semester  hours).  All, or a portion of, general elective credits may also be re-allocated for specific course credit and exemption based upon the IB Credit Chart, and potentially for Core classes upon approval by the Core Director. (Students seeking to graduate in three years may register for COR-401 or COR-402  after earning rising senior standing [81 credit hours], or with the approval of the Core Director.) Should the amount of specific credit hours earned surpass the amount of general elective credits, the student will receive the greater amount, not to exceed 32 credit hours. In general, the Oglethorpe policy toward IB scores is that individual course credit may be given for a score of 5, 6, or 7, but no credit will be given for a score of 4 or less. The IB Credit Chart is subject to update at any time.

 

IB Diploma General Elective Chart

IB Diploma Score OU Credit Hours Awarded
30 or higher 32 (Sophomore standing and privileges)
29 28
28 24
27 20
26 16
25 12
24 8

 

IB Credit Chart

IB Exam Score Required
OU Credit Hours
Course Equivalents
Studies in Language and Literature
Language A, SL or HL, 6+
4
Elective credit in English
 
Language A, SL or HL, 5
(4)
Faculty evaluation prior to awarding of credit
Language Acquisition
Language B, SL or HL, 5+
up to 8
Elementary I and II credit (French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish), or elective credit
Individuals and Societies
Economics, 5+
4
ECO-121: Introduction to Economics
 
Geography, 5+
4 Elective credit
 
Global Politics, 5+
4 Elective credit in politics
 

History, 5+

4 Elective credit in history
 
Psychology, 5+
4 PSY-101: Introduction to Psychology
Sciences
 
Biology HL, 6+
4 (up to 8) GEN-102: Natural Science: The Biological Sciences, and (subject to placement) BIO-102: General Biology II
 
Biology HL, 5
4 GEN-102: Natural Science: The Biological Sciences
 
Chemistry, SL or HL, 6+
4 CHM-101: General Chemistry I
 
Chemistry, SL or HL, 5
4 GEN-101: Natural Science: The Physical Sciences
 
Computer Science, SL or HL, 5+
4 CSC-201: Introduction to Programming
 
Physics, SL or HL, 5+
up to 10 PHY-101: General Physics I, and/or PHY-102: General Physics II; and/or PHY-201: College Physics I, and/or PHY-202: College Physics II
Environmental Systems and Societies, 5+
4
Elective credit in natural science
Mathematics
 
Mathematics SL, 5+
4
Updates pending
 
Mathematics HL, 5+
up to 8 Updates pending
The Arts
 
Music, SL or HL, 5+
(4)
Faculty evaluation prior to awarding of credit
Visual Arts, SL, or HL, 5+
4
Elective credit in art

 

Oglethorpe Placement Tests
(Mathematics and Languages)

Oglethorpe uses placement tests to ensure that new students register for the appropriate level of courses in language, math, science, business, accounting and economics. Visit the placement tests page to learn more. Please note that placing into a course level is distinct from earning the credit hours associated with any pre-requisite(s).

 

CLEP
(College Level Examination Program)

Within the CLEP testing program are two categories. The General Examinations cover the areas of English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science and History. Oglethorpe University does not award credit for the General Examinations in English Composition, Natural Science, Mathematics, or Social Science and History. Minimum acceptable scores are 500 for each general area and 50 in each sub-total category. The Subject Examinations are designed to measure knowledge in a particular course. A minimum acceptable score of 50 on a Subject Examination is required for credit. The Oglethorpe Registrar should be contacted concerning which Subject Examinations may lead to credit at Oglethorpe.

CLEP examinations normally are taken before the student matriculates at Oglethorpe. Only under special circumstances will credit be awarded for an examination taken after the student completes his or her first semester at Oglethorpe University. A maximum of four semester hours will be awarded for each examination. A maximum of 32 semester hours may be earned with acceptable CLEP scores.

 

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