Advanced Placement (AP)

The University encourages students who have completed AP exams to submit their scores for evaluation prior to enrollment. Students are responsible for designating their official AP scores be reported to Oglethorpe University. The following general guidelines are used when applying credit for AP exams:

  • Only test scores of 4 or 5 are recognized for credit; no credit will be given for AP scores of 1, 2, or 3.
  • The maximum credit allowed to any student based on AP scores is 32 credit hours.
  • Students must get approval from their individual academic advisors to have elective credit earned via AP apply toward meeting any program specific requirements.

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AP ExamOU Credit HoursCourse Equivalents
Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, or Drawing)4Elective credit in art (studio)
Art History4Elective credit in art (history)
Music Theory4Elective credit in music
English Language and Composition4Elective credit
English Literature and Composition4Elective credit
History and Social Sciences
African American Studies4AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies
Comparative Government and Politics4Elective credit in politics
European History 4Elective credit in history
Human Geography4Elective credit
Macroeconomics4ECO 122 Principles of Macroeconomics
Microeconomics4ECO 120 Principles of Microeconomics
Psychology4PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
United States Government and Politics4POL 101 Introduction to American Politics
United States History4Elective credit in history
World History4Elective credit in history
Math and Computer Science
Calculus AB4MAT 131 Calculus I
Calculus BC4MAT 132 Calculus II
Computer Science A4CSC 201 Introduction to Programming
Computer Science Principles4Elective credit
Precalculus 4MAT-125 Precalculus
Statistics4MAT 111 Statistics
Biology5GEN 102 Natural Science: Biological Science
Chemistry5CHM 101 General Chemistry I, CHM 101L General Chemistry I Lab
Environmental Science4Elective credit
Physics 15PHY 101 General Physics I,  PHY 101L Intro Physics Lab I
Physics 24GEN 101 Natural Science: Physical Science
Physics B5PHY 101 General Physics I, PHY 101L Intro Physics Lab I
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism6PHY 202 College Physics II, PHY 102L Intro Physics Lab II
Physics C: Mechanics6PHY 201 College Physics I, PHY 101L Intro Physics Lab I
World Languages and Cultures
Chinese Language and Culture4CHI 101 Elementary Chinese I
French Language and Culture4FRE 101 Elementary French I*
German Language and Culture4GER 101 Elementary German I*
Italian Language and Culture4Elective credit
Japanese Language and Culture4JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I*
Latin4Elective credit
Spanish Language and Culture4SPN 101 Elementary Spanish I*

*While every student will automatically receive 101 credit if they earn a score of 4 or higher on these World Language and Cultures AP Exams, these students will also have the possibility of receiving four additional credits in 102 of the same language if their placement exam score qualifies them to enter 201 or beyond. If a student who receives a score of 4 or higher on one of these exams places into 101 or 102 (or does not take the approved placement exam), they will still receive credit for 101 only. Regardless of placement score, the maximum credit granted based on the AP exam score and placement for a student will be eight (8) credits for 101 and 102 in the appropriate language.