Undergraduate Study
Transfer of AP / IB Credits

You may receive Northwestern credit for your Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores and/or be able to skip introductory courses in some sequences.

Please follow these procedures to ensure that your AP / IB credits are properly transferred.

For Incoming First Year Students

  • Have your scores sent directly to Northwestern by the testing service. If you listed Northwestern as a recipient school when you took your AP or IB exams, that should happen automatically.
  • If you did not initially ask your testing service to send your exam scores to Northwestern, please contact them immediately and ask them to do so now. As a backup, bring a copy of your scores with you in September.
  • Credit for AP / IB scores will be posted on your transcript as quickly as the university can process it. In most cases, that will happen before the beginning of the fall term.
  • If you did not originally request that your scores be sent to Northwestern, it may take longer to post any credit you receive. As long as you know your scores, however, you should plan your schedule based on your school's AP / IB policies.

For Upper-class Students

If your AP / IB credit does not appear on your unofficial transcript on CAESAR, check with the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising at 1922 Sheridan Rd., phone: 847-491-7559. Bring a copy of your AP/IB score report with you.

Northwestern Credits Granted

The matrix on this page shows what credit (if any) is granted for a particular score on a particular exam. This matrix may be altered on a yearly basis. It is broken down by the year you enter Northwestern, so make sure you are looking at the correct information. Credit should not be assumed until official communication has been received from the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Advising.

The next question after determining how many and which units of credit you have been awarded, is how they can be applied to McCormick degree requirements. See the section below for further specifics.

AP / IB Credit Recognition and Distribution Requirements

Exam

Score

Course Credit Authorized

Distribution Credit Authorized

Art History

5

1 unit (Art History 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Studio Art

5

1 unit (Art 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Biology

5

1 unit (Biology 1X)

Unrestricted Elective

Chemistry

3, 4

1 unit (Chem 10l; placement in 171)

Basic Science or Unrestricted Elective

Chemistry

5

3 units (Chem 101, 102, 103); placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1

Basic Science or Unrestricted Elective

Chinese Language and Culture

4

1 unit (Chinese 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Chinese Language and Culture

5

2 units (Chinese 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Computer Science A & AB

4, 5

1 unit (Comp Sci 110)

Unrestricted Elective

Economics-Macro

5

1 unit (Economics 201)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Economics-Micro

5

1 unit (Economics 202)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

English (Language)

5

2 units (English 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

English (Literature)

5

2 units (English 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Environmental Science

5

1 unit (Envr Sci 1X)

Unrestricted Elective

French Language

4

1 unit (French 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

French Language

5

2 units (French 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

French Literature

4

1 unit (French 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

French Literature

5

2 units (French 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Geography (Human)

5

1 unit (Geography 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

German Language

4

1 unit (German 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

German Language

5

2 units (German 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Government (American)

5

1 unit (Poli Sci 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

History (European)

5

2 units (History 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

History (U.S.)

5

2 units (History 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

History (World)

5

2 units (History 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Italian

4

1 unit (Italian 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Italian

5

2 units (Italian 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Japanese

4

1 unit (Japanese 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Japanese

5

2 units (Japanese 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Latin

4

1 unit (Latin 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Latin

5

2 units (Latin 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC)

4

1 unit (Math 220)

Mathematics

Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC)

5

1 unit (Math 220)

Mathematics

Mathematics (Calculus) BC

below 4

see Mathematics AB

see AB

Mathematics (Calculus) BC

4,5

2 units (Math 220, Math 224)

Mathematics

Music Theory

5

1 unit (Gen Mus 252)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Physics B

5

None*

N/A

Physics C-l

5

1 unit (Physics 135-1)

See note below**

Physics C-2

5

1 unit (Physics 135-2)

Basic Science or Unrestricted Elective

Psychology

4,5

1 unit ( Psychology 110)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Spanish Language

4

1 unit (Spanish 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Spanish Language

5

2 units (Spanish 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Spanish Literature

4

1 unit (Spanish 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Spanish Literature

5

2 units (Spanish 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Statistics

4,5

1 unit (Statistics 202)

Unrestricted Elective

* Although Physics B AP results may appear on your Northwestern transcript as Physics 130-1 and 130-2, these courses are not calculus-based and therefore may not be used to satisfy McCormick requirements. McCormick requires calculus-based physics.

** Physics 135-1 cannot be used in the McCormick degree for students required to take the Engineering Analysis course sequence.

Northwestern does not offer credit for AP results in comparative government.

Recognition for International Baccalaureate Testing

IB Higher Level Exam

Score

Northwestern Credit

Distribution Credit Authorized

Biology

6,7

1 unit (Biology 1X)

Unrestricted Elective

Chemistry

5,6

1 unit (Chem 101, placement in 171)

Basic Science or Unrestricted Elective

Chemistry

7

3 units (Chem 101, 102, 103);
placement in Chem 210-1 or 212-1

Basic Science or Unrestricted Elective

Computer Science

5,6,7

1 unit (Comp Sci 110)

Unrestricted Elective

Economics

6,7

2 units (Econ 201, 202)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

English

<6,7

1 unit (English 1X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

History
(European or American)

6,7

2 units (History 2X)

Theme or Unrestricted Elective

Mathematics

5, 6

1 unit (Math 220)

Mathematics

Mathematics

7

2 units (Math 220, Math 224)

Mathematics

Physics

XYZ

XYZ

XYZ

Transfer Credits

McCormick follows Northwestern’s requirements for transfer credits. Please consult Northwestern's Office of Undergraduate Admission for information on which credits you can transfer from another institution.