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AP, CLEP & IBP Credits

Other advanced credit programs

Saint Mary's University participates in the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement program (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Students with advanced placement (AP) test scores of 3, 4, and 5 may request credit and advanced placement by submitting the scores to the Registrar. Advanced placement is determined by the department chairs. Credit is granted for appropriate CLEP subject examinations; credit is not granted for CLEP general examinations.

Saint Mary's accepts advanced placement credits under the International Baccalaureate High School Program (IBP). Academic departments accept scores 4 through 7 on the higher level exam only (with the exception of Foreign Language). Examinations must be in subjects which are comparable to courses in Saint Mary's curriculum.

Incoming freshmen who choose not to participate in any of the above mentioned advanced placement programs may apply directly to Saint Mary's University for advanced credit in mathematics, music, French, or Spanish. The student applies for the advanced credit examination directly to the appropriate department and may receive up to a maximum of eight semester credits. The student should apply for advanced credit at the time of matriculation and no later than the end of the first semester of attendance at SMU. A fee is charged for some examinations.

 For more information, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 635-5987, Ext. 1700 or