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Advanced Placement Credit Policies and Procedures

The undergraduate programs in all Schools of the University give academic credit for Advanced Placement courses ( view pdf document ) taken in high school according to the following crite

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1. The AP course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty at CUA.
2. The AP score must be approved by the CUA faculty.
3. The AP credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at CUA.
4. The AP course with out the AP test, but graded on an official transcript from a college or university,
will not be transferred to CUA
5. The official report of the AP scores from the College Board must be sent directly to CUA.

Language Placement Policies and Procedures

CUA uses SAT II subject tests for placement purposes only. Applicants enrolling in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Philosophy should submit SAT II test results in a foreign language. Students who have taken SAT II tests in other subject areas also are encouraged to submit scores. CUA also offers other means of evaluating student's language skills. They are permitted to submit AP or IB scores and to also take the online placement exam. Click Here for SAT II test placement information.


Awarding credit from other colleges and universities

CUA reserves the right to determine whether or not courses taken from a college or university by high school students are transferable. The following criteria are used, in addition to other factors, to determine whether or not a course or courses are transferable.

1. The course was taught on the campus of the college or university granting credit, by a faculty person of that institution.
2. The course is evaluated for equivalency here at CUA and may be used in your program, in one of the distribution areas, or as a free elective.
3. The course is completed with at least a grade of "C".
4. An official transcript from the college or university must be sent to CUA. Any student with 12 or more college credits is considered a transfer student.

Once an incoming freshman matriculates, the number of transfer courses is limited. For a full explanation of the policy regulating the transfer of courses, see the Academic Advising Handbook under "Residency Requirements." Freshmen will receive this handbook during the Academic Dean's Seminar during Freshman Orientation.


International Baccalaureate

The undergraduate programs in all Schools of the University give academic credit for International Baccalaureate HL courses
(view pdf document) according to the following criteria:

1. The student must have completed the entire IB program and earned the IB Diploma
2  The IB course and credit must be in an area approved by the appropriate faculty at CUA.
3. The IB score must be approved by the CUA faculty.
4. The IB credit must fit into the student's overall academic program at CUA.
5. The official report of the IB Diploma and  scores must be sent directly to CUA.