State and Systemwide AP Credit and Placement Policies

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For more than 50 years, the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP) has collaborated with high schools, colleges, and universities to prepare students for success in higher education. AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with a challenging curriculum developed, approved, and evaluated by college and university faculty. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams experience greater academic success in college and improved graduation rates compared to students who do not participate in AP Examinations.

A clear and consistent AP credit and placement policy can:

  • Ensure that prospective students and families know which institutions recognize AP achievement and award course equivalent college credit and advanced placement based on qualifying scores;
  • Allow for the optimal application of qualifying AP scores for credit toward meeting general education requirements;
  • Improve seamless course articulation and transfer, credit portability, and degree completion rates;
  • Reduce the duplication and accumulation of excess credit hours, minimizing economic burdens for students and families, and improve enrollment efficiency for higher education systems.

Further Details

The following states have state or systemwide AP credit and placement policies:

State Policy
Arizona 
  • Agency: Arizona Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: Most subjects require 3, some 4
  • Credit application: General Education
  • Arizona policy details
California
  • Agency: California State University System
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: general education/breadth and transfer to the University of California
  • CSU policy details (.pdf/87.5KB)
  • Agency: California Community Colleges
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Course credit or general education requirements, as appropriate
  • CCC policy details (.pdf/87.5KB)
Colorado
  • Agency: Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: General Education
  • Colorado policy details
Florida
  • Agency: Florida Department of Education and Board of Governors
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned to statewide course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • Florida policy details (.pdf/192KB)
Illinois
  • Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned to statewide course equivalents
  • Illinois policy details
Indiana
  • Agency: Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Must count toward meeting students’ degree requirements
  • Indiana policy details 
Kansas
  • Agency: Kansas Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: equivalent course or courses at Kansas institutions
  • Kansas policy details
Kentucky
  • Agency: Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned to campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • Kentucky policy details (.pdf/100KB)
Louisiana
  • Agency: Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned to campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • Louisiana policy details (.pdf/226KB)
Minnesota
  • Agency: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • MNSCU policy details (.pdf/103KB)
Nevada
  • Agency: Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Accepted for credit to satisfy electives, general education requirements, or major requirements
  • Nevada policy details (.pdf/486KB)
New York
  • Agency: State University of New York System
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Accepted for subject-specific requirements
  • SUNY policy details
North Dakota
  • Agency: North Dakota University System
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with general education and subject-specific course equivalents identified by systemwide common course numbers
  • North Dakota policy details (.pdf/123KB)
Oklahoma
  • Agency: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Min credit-granting score: 3 except if a system institution determines, based on evidence, that a higher score on the examination is necessary for a student to be successful a sequent course
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • Oklahoma policy details (.pdf/125KB)
Ohio
  • Agency: Ohio Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: General education when possible
  • Ohio policy details
Oregon
  • Agency: Oregon University System
  • Min credit-granting score: 3 or 4, depending on exam
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • Oregon policy details (.pdf/525KB)
South Carolina
  • Agency: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policies
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalencies to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • South Carolina policy details (.pdf/18.8KB)
South Dakota
  • Agency: South Dakota Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • South Dakota policy details (.pdf/31.7KB)
Texas
  • Agency: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Min credit-granting score: 3 unless the institution's chief academic officer determines, based on evidence, that a higher score on the examination is necessary to indicate a student is sufficiently prepared
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents meeting lower-division course requirements
  • Texas policy details
Virginia
  • Agency: State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents
  • Virginia policy details
West Virginia
  • Agency: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Aligned with campus course equivalents to meet general education and subject-specific requirements
  • West Virginia policy details (.pdf/589KB)
Wisconsin
  • Agency: University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
  • Min credit-granting score: 3
  • Credit application: Degree credit determined by each campus for electives, course equivalence, or credit in the major
  • Wisconsin policy details