As you plan your courses, take into account any college-level credits that you may have earned through special examinations. These credits may be applied toward Foundations and major requirements, as appropriate.

Please bear in mind that Connections and the Divisional requirements may not be met by any credits earned outside of Wheaton.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

You may earn up to eight credits toward the Wheaton degree from College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. If you have taken AP tests and earned scores of 4 or 5, please ask the College Board to forward your scores to Wheaton. Following evaluation of your AP scores, you will be granted equivalent Wheaton course credits.

At Wheaton, the Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services reviews AP credit and notifies eligible students of their credit awards and the fulfillment of any Foundation (FOUND) requirements, such as Foreign Language (FL), Quantitative Analysis (QA), and Writing (WR). Once AP credits are awarded, you may not receive additional credit for Wheaton courses equivalent to the AP credits.

To send your AP scores to Wheaton, please call the College Board at: 877.274.6474. Wheaton’s CEEB code is 3963.

Evaluation of advanced placement credits should ideally take place beforethe end of your first year at Wheaton.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services reviews International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas and notifies the Office of the Registrar of credit to be awarded. Typically, a score of 5, 6, or 7 on higher-level exams earns one credit. You may earn up to eight credits for IB exams. The table here presents IB subject areas and information about the fulfillment of any Foundation requirements, such as Beyond the West (BW), Foreign Language (FL), Quantitative Analysis (QA), and Writing (WR).

Students must arrange for the electronic release of their lB transcripts to Academic Advising.

Other International Credits

Students completing the General Certificate of Education (British University A-Levels) or other thirteenth-year diploma programs may earn advanced placement credits through departmental evaluation and the approval of Academic Advising.

College Courses Completed Prior to Matriculation

Credit may be accepted for any non-repeated, liberal arts course completed at another accredited institution before matriculation, pending formal review by the college. In all cases, the earned grade must be C or higher. Please note that the Wheaton credit is equivalent to a four-semester-hour course; therefore, a three-semester-hour transfer course is equivalent to 0.8 credits at Wheaton. Normally, credits will not be awarded for courses counted toward secondary-school graduation requirements, or for courses taken in the high school setting.  Petitions for exceptions may be submitted to the Educational Policy Committee.

About the Evaluation of Credit

Credit earned prior to matriculation may not be transferred under the following circumstances:

  • Your Advanced Placement (AP) exam score is below 4.
  • Your International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level (HL) score is below 5.
  • Your credits were earned through CLEP or portfolio review.
  • Your course is judged to be remedial (pre-college level), “pre-professional” (e.g., medical technology), or not part of the liberal arts (e.g., word-processing).
  • You did not earn a grade of C or higher in the course.
  • You have repeated the course. (Wheaton will not award course credit for most repeated courses.)