You can find a complete description of Lehigh University's Advanced Placement policy in the Lehigh University Catalog. For your convenience, we review here some highlights of that policy and the policy for transfer of college credit.
AP Exam Scores
If you have taken or plan to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, be sure to have the scores sent to Lehigh University (code 002365).
Do not wait
to receive your results before having them sent to Lehigh. A delay in reporting will result in delayed placement and course registration. Reporting a 'low' score will not be to your disadvantage.
- All scores must be received before the student has achieved sophomore standing (24 credits) for credit to be awarded.
- We award credit and placement for scores of 4 or 5 on AP exams.
Chemistry Advanced Placement Policy
Four credit hours for CHM 030 are granted to students who earn a grade of 5 on the Advanced Chemistry Placement test.
English Composition Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, and IB Policy
If you earn a score of 4 on either of the English AP exams you will earn three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 5 on either of the English AP exams you will earn six credits for ENGL 001 and 002.
If you earn a score of 32-33 on the ACT Optional Writing Test, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 34 or higher on the ACT Optional Writing Test you will receive six credits for ENGL 001 and 002.
If you earn a score of 5 on the IB Test you will receive three credits for ENGL 001.
For those students who took the SAT before March 2016, the following criteria will be used to decide credit for introductory English courses:
If you earn a score of 700-749 on the SAT test in Writing, you will receive three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 750 or higher on the SAT test in Writing, you will receive six credits for ENGL 001 and 002.
For those students who took the SAT in March 2016 or later, the following criteria will be used to decide credit for introductory English courses:
If you earn a score of 730-769 on the SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing test you will receive three credits for ENGL 001. If you earn a score of 770 or higher on the SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing test you will receive six credits for ENGL 001 and 002.
Mathematics Advanced Placement, ACT, & SAT Policy
Advanced placement credit in mathematics is usually awarded for either MATH 012 (Basic Statistics), MATH 021 (Calculus 1), MATH 021 and 022 (Calculus I and II), MATH 051 (Survey of Calculus I), or MATH 051 and MATH 052 (Survey of Calculus I and II), as appropriate depending on the exam and the score. Such advanced placement satisfies the mathematics distribution requirement. Please review the Mathematics Course page for all information related to non-Calculus math course placement. Below you will find Calculus course credit policy:
A score of 4 or 5 in the AB advanced placement exam may =
MATH 021 (4 credits) or MATH 051 (4 credits)
A score of 4 or 5 on the BC advanced placement exam may =
MATH 021 & 022 (8 credits) or MATH 051 & 052 (7 credits)
We often recommend that students consider beginning Lehigh calculus a semester below their advanced placement. For example, if you have credit for MATH 021 or 051 and will also need MATH 022 or 052, consider starting with MATH 021 or 051. You will relinquish your AP credit, but experience has shown that many AP courses do not provide adequate preparation for calculus at Lehigh.
Registration for Calculus courses is based on three criteria: previous calculus exposure in high school, AP/SAT/ACT score, and intended major. Please review the stated criteria for each calculus course in order to make your calculus selection by perusing the chart provided at the top of this page or on the Calculus Placement page.
Foreign Language Credit
Credit in a foreign language will only be awarded to students with appropriate scores on either the AP exam or SAT-II test. Credit will not be granted on the basis of having native knowledge of a language other than English or on the basis of the number of years of high school study. If, however, you wish to continue studying a language you studied in high school or your non-English native language, your placement in a Lehigh course will be determined on the basis of your prior language experience. Refer to the Modern Language Placement Summary for additional details.
You may be eligible to take a Lehigh anticipatory exam during the orientation period.
- In order to take an anticipatory exam, you must meet criteria (e.g., achievement test scores, previous college level courses) established by individual departments.
- Anticipatory exams are available only for courses numbered less than 100, and not all courses and departments permit credit by this type of examination.
- No examinations are available in English or foreign languages.
If you want to take an anticipatory exam, you must notify the Office of the First-Year Experience by emailing email@example.com by the date given on the first-year student portal. The letter must indicate the title and number of each Lehigh course for which you want an exam (refer to the catalog for course titles and numbers). The Office of the First-Year Experience will notify you if the exams you request are available. Please be advised that this is a declining practice at Lehigh. Unless you have advanced placement or transfer credit, in most cases it is to your advantage to take the Lehigh course.
College Credit for Courses Taken While in High School
If, during your senior year, you are studying a college course at another institution, you may be able to have credit transferred to your Lehigh degree program. The student is responsible for ensuring that all necessary documents are provided, and all credit must be evaluated within one year of the student's matriculation at Lehigh University. All questions regarding college credit for courses taken while in high school should be directed to the Registrar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students who earn the international baccalaureate may be granted credit in higher-level or advanced subjects with scores of 5 or better or "B" or better. All students will have their credentials evaluated on an individual basis for specific course equivalency. Lehigh must receive the Official IB transcript before credit will be assigned.
Other Transfer Credit
- Courses must be taken at an institution that is accredited by one of the six regional associations.
- No credit will be granted for continuing education units courses, correspondence, independent study, or any course less than 5 weeks and/or 15 contact hours per credit without the advanced approval of a petition to the Standing of Students Committee.
- No credit will be granted for a course in which the student has already received credit for its equivalent at Lehigh.