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 and Computer Science Principles, which require a score of 3 or higher.
- 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 32 semester hours of credit for completion of the IB Diploma
- These 32 credits satisfy specific General Education Requirements, including First Year Experience (FYEP) 101 and FYEP 102, Creative Expression, Engaging the Natural World, Examining Self & Society, Exploring Values & Worldviews, Interpreting Text, and Quantitative Reasoning.
- A maximum of four semester hours per course may be granted for courses identified on an IB Certificate if a grade of 4 or higher is awarded. Students are advised to contact the Office of the Registrar for specific details.
In order to transfer Running Start credits to PLU:
- Courses must be from an accredited Washington community college.
- 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 AA-DTA or AS-T degree through Running Start, that student will be granted junior class standing and will be considered a first-year student with advanced standing*.
For further information, please visit our webpage for Running Start students.
- 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||PLU Course||PLU Credits||Credit Awarded|
|Art History||4 or 5||ARTD 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Creative Expression)|
|Studio Art||4 or 5||ARTD 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Creative Expression)|
|Biology||4 or 5||BIOL 111||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Calculus AB||3, 4 or 5||MATH 151||4||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning)|
|Calculus BC||3||MATH 151||4||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning)|
|Calculus BC||4 or 5||MATH 151 & 152||8||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning)|
|Chemistry||4 or 5||CHEM 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Natural World) [Speak with PLU's chemistry department chair for possible CHEM 115 credit]|
|Computer Science A||4 or 5||CSCI 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning) [CSCI 144 if CSCI 270 is completed with a C or better]|
|Computer Science Principles||3, 4 or 5||CSCI 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning)|
|English Language & Composition||4 or 5||GENR 100TR||4||Elective|
|English Literature & Composition||4 or 5||ENGL 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Interpreting Text)|
|Environmental Science with lab||4 or 5||ENVT 104||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Government & Politics: United States||4 or 5||POLS 151||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Government & Politics: Comparative||4 or 5||POLS 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|History: United States||4 or 5||HIST 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|History: European||4 or 5||HIST 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|History: World||4||HIST 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|History: World||5||HIST 215||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Human Geography||4 or 5||GENR 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Languages & Cultures||4 or 5||LANG 100TR||4||Elective|
|Macroeconomics||4 or 5||ECON 102||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Microeconomics||4 or 5||ECON 101||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Music Theory||4 or 5||MUSI 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Creative Expression)|
|Physics 1||4||PHYS 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics 1||5||PHYS 125||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics 2||4||PHYS 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics 2||5||PHYS 126||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||4||PHYS 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||5||PHYS 154||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics C: Mechanics||4||PHYS 100TR||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Physics C: Mechanics||5||PHYS 153||4||Gen Ed (Natural World)|
|Psychology||4 or 5||PSYC 101||4||Gen Ed (Examining Self & Society)|
|Research||4 or 5||GENR 100TR||4||Elective|
|Seminar||4 or 5||GENR 100TR||4||Elective|
|Statistics||4 or 5||STAT 231||4||Gen Ed (Quantitative Reasoning) [May not be used to fulfill the statistics requirement for degrees in psychology, sociology, social work or minors.]|