Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credit

Students should request that the College Board send Advanced Placement (AP) scores to Villanova University (our code is 2959). AP scores are received in the Registrar’s Office and forwarded to our Office for Undergraduate Students, where the determination on credit is made. Most AP scores for incoming freshmen reach Villanova by mid-July. If the scores are received before freshmen classes begin, a representative of the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Students’ Office will communicate with the student and authorize the Registrar’s Office to post the appropriate credit to the academic record. For scores received after classes begin, this representative will simply direct the Registrar to add any credit they approve. All AP/IB scores must be accepted and approved before the completion of two semesters at Villanova in order to be considered for credit. AP credits appear in the “Transfer Credit” area of the student record.

Incoming students who have taken AP or International Baccalaureate Higher Level (IB) exams should inform their Faculty Advisor and should check with the Office for Undergraduate Students during the first week of classes to verify Villanova’s receipt of the official scores and to ensure that proper adjustments have been made to their academic record. In some instances, scores are sent to the Villanova Registrar after courses have been assigned based on the student’s response to the Incoming Students Questionnaire.

AP and IB credit cannot be used to fulfill any core requirements, with the exception of foreign language, but may fulfill requirements for majors, minors, concentrations and certificates. AP/IB credits will be treated as transfer credits in these cases and all transfer credit policies will apply. The following is the list of tests and scores and their application to the baccalaureate degree. The first table is a list of Higher Level IB tests and scores; the second is a list of AP tests.

International Baccalaureate Credit and Course Equivalence 
Note: Credit is Only Given for Higher Level Exams 

Subject 

Score of 5 

Credit 

Score of 6 or 7 

Credit 

Anthropology 

 

 

SOC 2100 

3 

Biology 

 

 

BIO 2105 

BIO 2106 

4 

4 

 Chemistry 

 

 

CHM 1103 

CHM 1104 

CHM 1151 

CHM 1152 

1 

1 

4 

4 

Computer Science HL 

CSC 1051 

4 

CSC 1051 

4 

Information Technology 

CSC 1930 

3 

CSC 1930 

3 

Economics 

ECO 1001 

ECO 1002 

3 

3 

ECO 1001 

ECO 1002 

3 

3 

English 

ENG 1050 

3 

ENG 1050 

3 

French A2 or B 

 

0 

FFS 1121 

FFS 1122 

3 

3 

Geography 

GEV 1002 

3 

GEV 1002 

3 

History Americas 

 

 

HIS 4495 

3 

History Europe 

 

 

HIS 1021 

3 

Italian A2 or B 

 

0 

ITA 1121 

ITA 1122 

3 

3 

Latin 

Placement 

0 

LAT 1121 

LAT 1122 

3 

3 

Mathematics 

 

 

MAT 1500 

4 

Math Further 

MAT 1500 

4 

MAT 1500 

MAT 1505 

4 

4 

Music 

 

 

SAR 3030 

3 

Philosophy 

 

 

PHI 2990 

3 

Physics 

 

 

PHY 2410/11 

PHY 2412/13 

4 

4 

Psychology 

 

 

PSY 1000 

3 

Spanish A2 or B 

 

0 

SPA 1121 

SPA 1122 

3 

3 

* Sample of lab work needed.

 

Academic Placement Equivalency Chart

Advanced Placement 

Score of 3 

Score of 4 or 5 

Subject-Test Number 

Courses 

Credits 

Courses 

Credits 

Art History- (13) 

 

 

AAH 1101 or 

AAH 1102 

3 

 

Biology- (20) 

 

 

BIO 2105 

BIO 2106 

4 

4 

Calculus AB- (66) or  

Calculus Subgrade- (69) 

 

 

MAT 1500 

4 

Calculus BC- (68) 

 

 

MAT 1500 

MAT 1505 

4 

4 

Chemistry- (25) 

 

 

CHM 1103 

CHM 1104 

CHM 1151 

CHM 1152 

1 

1 

4 

4 

Chinese Language & Culture- (28) 

 

 

CHI 1111 

CHI 1112 

6 

6 

Computer Science A- (31) 

 

 

CSC 1051 

4 

Computer Science Principles- (32) 

 

 

CSC 1020 

3 

Economics: Macro- (35) 

 

 

ECO 1002 

3 

Economics: Micro- (34) 

 

 

ECO 1001 

3 

English Language & Composition- (36) or 

English Literature & Composition- (37) 

 

 

ENG 1050 

3 

Environmental Science (40) 

 

 

GEV 1052 

3 

French Language & Culture- (48) 

 

 

FFS 1121 

FFS 1122 

3 

3 

Government and Politics: Comp- (58) 

 

 

PSC 1300 

3 

Government and Politics: US- (57) 

 

 

PSC 1100 

3 

History, European- (43) 

 

 

HIS 1021 

3 

History, U.S.- (07) 

 

 

HIS 1002 or  

HIS 1003 

3 

History, World- (93) 

 

 

HIS 1040 or  

HIS 1050 

3 

Human Geography- (53) 

 

 

GEV 1002 

3 

Italian Language & Culture- (62) 

 

 

ITA 1121 

ITA 1122 

3 

3 

Japanese Language & Culture- (64) 

 

 

JPN 1111 

JPN 1112 

6 

6 

Latin- (60) 

Placement Only 

 

LAT 1121 

LAT 1122 

3 

3 

Physics C: Mechanics- (80) 

 

 

PHY 1100 

PHY 1101 

3 

1 

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism- (82) 

 

 

PHY 1102 

PHY 1103 

3 

1 

Psychology- (85) 

 

 

PSY 1000 

3 

Spanish Language- (87) or 

Spanish Literature & Culture- (89) 

 

 

SPA 1121 

SPA 1122 

3 

3 

Statistics- (90) 

 

 

MAT 1230 or 

CSC 2300 

3