Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit: At the time of admission to the College, new incoming students may request transfer of academic credit from Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), or undergraduate college courses taken at another US accredited academic institution. The evaluation of academic credit for new first-year or transfer students is coordinated by the Office of Admissions and Registrar.  Decisions made regarding acceptance of transfer credit are final once the student’s first semester at ACPHS begins.

  • To receive credit for AP courses, scores of 4 or 5 are required. 
  • To receive credit for IB courses, scores of 5 or above are required.
  • Unless otherwise noted, grades of C or better are required to receive credit for college courses taken at another regionally accredited academic institution.

Special provisions may be in place for students in Early Assurance or joint academic programs that supersede the overall Transfer Credit Policy and are at the discretion of the Program Director for the respective program. 

Since our curriculum evolves frequently, past granting of credit does not guarantee that the course will transfer in the future. 

Taking Courses at Other Academic Institutions: Upon matriculation, students are required to take all required coursework at ACPHS. Students wishing to take required courses during an academic term where the course is not offered at ACPHS may take that course at another institution, upon receiving approval from the Dean. Any number of Elective credits can be taken at institutions other than ACPHS.

Entering first year students may receive transfer credit (AP, IB, or college course) for any courses deemed equivalent to the following ACPHS courses:

  • HUM 101:  The Pre-Modern World (3)
  • HUM 102: The Modern World (3)
  • HUM 201: The Contemporary World (3)
  • PSY 101: Psychology (3)
  • COM 115: Principles of Communication (3)
  • MAT 111: Calculus (4)
  • General/Liberal Arts Electives (9-12 credits; a maximum of 3 credits of which count only as General Electives)
  • CHE 111 and CHE 121: General Chemistry I and II (8)
  • BIO 111 and BIO 121: General Biology I and II (8)
  • BIO 210: Microbiology (4)**
  • CHE 211 and CHE 221: Organic Chemistry I and II (8)
  • PHY 245: Physics for Life Sciences (4)
  • MAT 145: Elementary Statistics (3)

 

Course Equivalencies for College and AP Credit:  

Course or Course Area 

AP or College Credit Accepted 

Notes 

Principles of Communication

College Credit

A single 3-credit college level course in composition/writing will be accepted as transfer credit for Principles of Communication.

General Biology I and II 

AP or College Credit 

A 4-credit college course in General Biology appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for General Biology I. An 8-credit sequence of college courses in General Biology appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for General Biology I and II. 

General Chemistry I and II 

AP or College Credit 

A 4-credit college course in General Chemistry appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for General Chemistry I. An 8-credit sequence of college courses in General Chemistry appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for General Chemistry I and II. 

College Physics I and II 

AP Credit or College Credit 

AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 receive credit for College Physics I and II. AP Physics 1 or AP Physics 2 taken alone do not receive credit. Credits beyond what is required for the student’s program will be counted towards general electives. AP Physics C: Mechanics transfers 4 credits of general elective credit. AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism transfers 4 credits of general elective credit.  

An 8-credit sequence of college credits in Physics appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for College Physics I and II. A shorter sequence of college credits in Physics doesn’t receive credit. 

Organic Chemistry I and II 

College Credit 

A 4-credit college course in Organic Chemistry appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for Organic Chemistry I. An 8-credit sequence of college courses in Organic Chemistry appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab receives credit for Organic Chemistry I and II. 

Microbiology 

College Credit 

A 4-credit course appropriate for a science or engineering major and including lab. 

 

 

 

Pre-Modern World, Modern World, and Contemporary World 

AP Credit or College Credit 

Students may transfer up to 9 College credits from the list of disciplines appearing below to satisfy the required humanities sequence credits. If 6 or more hours are transferred, at least two disciplinary areas must be represented. Transfer students who enter ACPHS with fewer than 9 credits in the humanities must fulfill the remaining credits needed by completing courses in the humanities sequence. 

Students must pass any AP History + AP Literature and Composition course to receive credit for Pre-Modern World and Modern World plus six hours of liberal arts elective credit, for a total of twelve hours. Students may additionally transfer up to 3 College credits from the list of disciplines appearing below to receive credit for Contemporary World. 

List of disciplines: History, Civilizations, Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Ethics, Foreign Language, Cultural Diversity, Performing Arts, Visual Arts** 

 

Course Equivalencies for IB Credit:  

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB): 

SL denotes standard-level, HL denotes higher-level. 

Course or Course Area 

Notes 

General Biology I 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on HL IB Biology receive credit for General Biology I (4 credits). 

General Chemistry I and II 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on HL IB Chemistry receive credit for General Chemistry I and II (8 credits). 

Calculus I 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on HL IB Mathematics receive credit for Calculus I (4 credits). 

College Physics I and II 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on HL IB Physics receive credit for College Physics I and II (8 credits). 

General Psychology 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on HL IB Psychology receive credit for General Psychology (3 credits). 

Pre-Modern World and Modern World 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on both HL IB History and any HL IB Language and Literature A receive credit for Pre-Modern World and Modern World (6 credits). 

Academic Reading and Writing 

Students scoring a grade of 4 or higher on any of the following courses place out of Academic Reading and Writing: 

  • SL IB English A 
  • HL IB English A 
  • SL IB English B 
  • HL IB English B 

Principles of Communication 

Students scoring a grade of 6 or higher on HL IB English A receive credit for Principles of Communication (3 credits).  

Liberal Arts Electives 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on any of the following HL IB courses will receive 3 credits of Liberal Arts electives per course: 

  • Classical Languages 
  • Dance 
  • Film 
  • History of the Islamic World 
  • Music 
  • Philosophy 
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology 
  • Theater 
  • Visual Arts 

General Electives 

Students scoring a grade of 5 or higher on any of the following HL IB courses will receive 3 credits of General electives per course: 

  • Business and Management 
  • Computer Science 
  • Design Technology 
  • Economics 
  • Further Mathematics 
  • Geography 
  • Global Politics 
  • Information Technology in a Global Society 
  • Language B