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Advanced Placement

A maximum of 45 quarter units of Advanced Placement (AP), transfer credit, and/or other external credit (such as International Baccalaureate) may be applied toward the undergraduate degree. Note the following points regarding College Board AP credit:

  • Scores of 4 or 5 in a foreign language AP exam satisfy the Foreign Language requirement

  • AP examinations do not satisfy the General Education Requirements, with the exception of the University Foreign Language requirement.

  • AP credit may be removed from your record if subsequent Stanford course work duplicates AP credit course content.

  • Students may not receive duplicate unit credit for AP and IB exams in the same discipline. AP credit will be removed from the student's record if duplicate credit is earned through the IB exam in the same discipline.

  • AP credit may be applied as elective units toward graduation and toward the major if allowed by the major department.

  • Up to 10 units of credit per discipline is allowed for some of the AP exams

To request AP credit at Stanford, contact the College Board to request that your scores are sent to Stanford. The eligible AP credit is updated to your student record through an electronic process. If your AP credit does not appear within a month, bring a hard copy of your official AP score report to the Student Services Center, 2nd Floor, Tresidder Union. For incoming freshmen, AP credit is posted to your student record in mid-September.