Transfer Credit Policy

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/High School-College Dual Enrollment/
A-Levels: Cambridge International Exams

The College participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who demonstrate superior performance in the Advanced Placement Examination (a score of 4 or 5) will be awarded Advanced Placement credit. See the Advanced Placement (AP) Equivalency Chart for more specific information concerning the placement of AP courses within the academic program.

Providence College recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Chart, an internationally recognized curriculum and examination program. Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the College recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5, 6, or 7 has been achieved. Each successfully passed examination in the Higher Level of the IB program will earn three credits. Official documentation of each successfully completed examination with the conditions noted must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to a student’s matriculation at the College.

Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses at accredited institutions should submit an official college transcript to the Office of Admission by August 1. Credit for dual enrollment courses is ordinarily not awarded for courses required for high school graduation. Students taught college-level courses by high school faculty are not eligible for credit in those courses, but are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examinations in order to be considered for credit. To be eligible for dual-enrolled credit, courses must be taken on the college campus and/or taught by a college or university faculty member of record. The Office of the Provost reserves the right to determine whether courses are taken from a college or university by incoming students while in high school may be accepted as transfer credits. Final approval of dual enrollment course credits will be made by the associate provost for academic policy and mission support. Students who wish to obtain academic credit for dual enrollment courses should plan to meet with the associate provost during their first semester at Providence College.

Providence College accepts select University of Cambridge International Advanced Level examinations. Students earning grades of A, B, or C on the A-Level exams may be eligible to earn transfer credit. A-Level exams will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic department or designee. Providence College will not award transfer credit for AS or O-level exams. An official transcript with the course syllabi should be sent to the Office of Admission for review.

Students who are granted Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), dual enrollment, or A-Levels: Cambridge International Exams credit are still required to complete the College’s full-time, eight-semester requirement. (See Academic Policies, General Degree Requirements, Number 6.)