Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

College Board Advanced Placement Examinations

College Board Advanced Placement information

Students who have taken the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations may be eligible for advanced placement and appropriate credit. Scores of 3, 4 or 5 may result in credit or exemption. Academic departments have determined which scores result in credit or exemption for their subject. Some departments require the student to discuss their scores with the department chair before a credit determination is made.  Refer to the info sheets provided at the bottom of this page for specifics.

First-year students who wish to have their AP scores considered should have them sent directly to Macalester College by the College Board. You may visit the AP Exams website or call 888-225-5427 to request your scores be sent directly to Macalester College – use 6390 for the college code.

No more than the equivalent of twenty (20) Macalester credit hours may be earned from a college or university prior to matriculation at Macalester. Summer session college credits, Minnesota Post-Secondary Education Options Program credits, International Baccalaureate credits, and AP Program credits are included under this limitation. (The only exception to this limitation applies to students who have achieved the equivalent of twenty-four (24) Macalester credit hours solely through College Board AP Examinations.)

Credit earned through AP Exams cannot be used to meet the college’s general distribution requirements, and grades are not factored into the grade point average.

Questions about AP policies should be addressed directly to the Registrar’s Office.

International Baccalaureate Examinations

IBO

Students whose scores on Higher Level Examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program are 5, 6, or 7 may receive the equivalent of four or eight semester hours of credit for each such examination. Credit is determined by the appropriate academic department on an individual basis. No credit is awarded for the Subsidiary Examinations. Refer to the lists provided at the bottom of this page for specifics.

No more than the equivalent of twenty (20) Macalester credit hours may be earned from a college or university prior to matriculation at Macalester. Summer session college credits, Minnesota Post-Secondary Education Options Program credits, International Baccalaureate credits, and Advanced Placement Program credits are included under this limitation. (The only exception to this limitation applies to students who have achieved the equivalent of twenty-four (24) Macalester credit hours solely through College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.)

Credit earned through International Baccalaureate Exams cannot be used to meet the college's general distribution requirements, and all grades are posted on the student's record as 'pass' (S).

Questions about these policies should be addressed directly to the Registrar's Office.

AP/IB Standing Information Sheets