As a new student at BU, you may be eligible for advanced credit that can be used to fulfill your general education or concentration requirements. It can also be used as elective credit.
Advanced credit can be helpful if you are planning:
- Dual concentration
- BU Dual Degree program
- Combined BA/MA or BS/MS program
- Early graduation
You can qualify for advanced credit based on any of the following:
- College courses completed during high school or during the summer
- Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
- International Baccalaureate Examinations
- GCE Advanced-Level Examinations
- French Baccalaureate Examinations
- German Abitur Examinations
- Italian Maturita Examinations
- Swiss Maturity Examinations: credit may be awarded for the Schwerpunktfach (main) subject and for the First Language subject with a score of 4 or higher on the exam
Superior results on any of these examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs. In order to receive credit, students must provide original documentation as it is available. In some cases, final credit will be determined by the student’s School or College of admission. Admissions may request additional credentials as needed.
For information on advanced credit for high scores on these exams, please see the individual guides.
Please note: Students admitted into the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical or Dental Programs cannot receive advanced credit.
Advanced Placement Credit
Most programs at Boston University award credit for test scores of 4 or 5 on most AP Examinations. For some programs and exams, credit is awarded for a score of 3. If you enter the University during the 2012/2013 academic year, you’ll receive credit as outlined on our Advanced Credit Guide.
To receive Advanced Placement credit, make sure your official examination scores are submitted directly to BU by the College Board. Boston University’s College Entrance Examination Board code is 3087.
Credit for College Coursework
BU generally awards credit for liberal arts courses completed with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Professional courses may transfer at the discretion of the admitting school or college. Courses taken at international universities are subject to approval. You will not receive transfer credit for:
- physical education, health or ROTC courses
- activities such as internships, independent study, orientation, choir, band or student service
- correspondence courses
The basic unit of credit at Boston University is the semester hour. A typical, full-time course load is 16 hours per semester—usually four courses of four semester hours each. For transferable courses on a semester-credit-hour system, you’ll receive an equal number of semester hours. For courses on a quarter-credit-hour system, you’ll get two-thirds of the total number of quarter-hours. In most cases, the admitting school or college issues the final evaluation.
To request credit for college coursework, College of Arts & Sciences students should submit official transcripts to the attention of the Transfer Credit Evaluator at Boston University Admissions. All other students should submit their official transcripts to the Records Office at their school or college.
For more information, please see our Advanced Credit Guide.