College-level Credit at PLU
PLU grants college-level credit to students who have taken and scored a certain level on AP, IB and Cambridge exams.
Additionally, PLU will grant college-level credits to students who have completed Washington State Running Start or other college courses while in high school.
- Students who have completed advanced placement tests with appropriate scores receive credit.
- Credit is awarded only for scores of 4 or 5, except for Calculus, which requires a score of 3 or higher, and physics (B or C), which requires a score of 5.
- Credit is applied to specific General Education Requirements or elective credit depending on the test category.
- Click here or refer to the bottom of the page to see credit awarded for each AP test.
If you have tested for an AP class that is not listed, the PLU Registrar’s Office will review the course individually.
- PLU awards 30 semester hours of credit for completion of the IB Diploma
- These 30 credits satisfy specific General Education Requirements: Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy (if higher level Philosophy is included in the IB Diploma), 2 Social Sciences, Natural Science/Computer Science/Mathematics, Science and Scientific Method, and Mathematical Reasoning.
- IB diploma students are not obligated to complete the Freshman Experience Program requirements, but they must complete the University Writing Requirement as outlined in the University Catalog, as well as the Gen Eds not listed above.
- Students who do not receive the full IB Diploma are granted 4 semester hours of credit for each higher-level examination with a grade of 4 or higher. Credit awarded in this manner will be matched to the appropriate Gen Ed Elements from the requirements listed above.
In order to transfer Running Start credits to PLU:
- Courses must be from an accredited Washington community college.
- Typically, only 100-level or above courses will transfer credit.
- Students must submit an official college transcript
- Grades in Running Start courses must be a C- or higher.
If a student earns an Associate of Arts (AA) degree through Running Start, that student will be granted junior academic status and will be considered a first-year student with advanced standing*.
To see class by class transfer credit equivalencies from a specific community college or university, please visit our Interactive Equivalency Guide.
To see major-specific two year transfer guides for some of our nearby community colleges, please visit our Washington 2 Year Colleges to PLU webpage.
- A maximum of 30 semester hours may be granted for completion of Cambridge International Examinations.
- Students must earn a passing grade (C or better) to earn credit.
- No credit will be awarded for AS-Level or O-Level exams.
- Students who have completed other college courses while in high school may be awarded credit at PLU. The courses must be listed in the official college catalog, be a part of the regular college curriculum of a regionally accredited college or university, and post a grade of a C- or higher.
- Students are permitted, within limits, to obtain credit by examination in lieu of regular enrollment in a class.
- No more than 30 hours may be counted toward graduation from the CLEP examination or any other examination.
- For information on obtaining credit by examination, see the official PLU catalog.
AP Course Policy Chart
|AP Subject||AP Exam Score||Course Equivalent||Credit||Credit Awarded|
|Art History||4 or 5||None||4||Gen Ed|
|Studio Art||4 or 5||None||4||Gen Ed|
|Biology||4 or 5||BIOL 111||4||Gen Ed|
|Calculus AB||3, 4 or 5||MATH 151||4||Gen Ed|
|Calculus BC||3||MATH 151||4||Gen Ed|
|Calculus BC||4 or 5||MATH 151 & 152||8||Gen Ed|
|Chemistry||4 or 5||CHEM 100TR||4||Gen Ed [Speak with PLU's chemistry department chair for possible CHEM 115 credit.]|
|Computer Science A||4 or 5||CSCI 144||4||Gen Ed [If CSCI 270 is completed with a C or better]|
|Computer Science Principles||3||CSCI 100TR||4||Gen Ed|
|English Language & Composition||4 or 5||None||4||Elective|
|English Literature & Composition||4 or 5||None||4||Elective|
|Environmental Science with lab||4 or 5||ENVT 104||4||Gen Ed|
|Government & Politics: United States||4 or 5||POLS 151||4||Gen Ed|
|Government & Politics: Comparative||4 or 5||None||4||Gen Ed|
|History: United States||4 or 5||None||4||Elective|
|History: European||4 or 5||None||4||Elective|
|History: World||4 or 5||HIST 215||4||Gen Ed|
|Human Geography||4 or 5||None||4||Gen Ed|
|Languages & Cultures||4 or 5||None||4||[On completion (with a C or better) of the course into which they are placed by PLU's placement system, student may receive four advanced placement credits. AP credit is not awarded for 100-level courses.]|
|Macroeconomics||4 or 5||ECON 102||4||Gen Ed|
|Microeconomics||4 or 5||ECON 101||4||Gen Ed|
|Music Theory||4 or 5||MUSI 101||4||Gen Ed|
|Physics 1||5||PHYS 125||4||Gen Ed|
|Physics 2||5||PHYS 126||4||Gen Ed|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||5||PHYS 154||4||Gen Ed|
|Physics C: Mechanics||5||PHYS 153||4||Gen Ed|
|Psychology||4 or 5||PSYC 101||4||Gen Ed|
|Statistics||4 or 5||STAT 231||4||Gen Ed [May not be used to fulfill the statistics requirement for degrees in psychology, sociology, social work or minors.]|