Advanced Standing Policy
All advanced standing (IB, AP, “A” Levels, etc.) and transfer credits are evaluated and awarded by the Registrar’s Office at Lewis & Clark. Policies are set by faculty committees and are subject to change. Statements included on this sheet serve only as general guidelines. The award of advanced standing credits may depend on other issues not addressed here. In addition, there are limits on the total amount of credit that can be awarded or transferred.
All approved advanced placement credits are recorded as “elective credit” and apply toward the credit needed for graduation. Students may petition to use advanced standing credits toward general college requirements by consulting the registrar. To petition for advanced standing credit in a major, students need to consult the chair of the major department.
The Lewis & Clark College registrar maintains a very helpful chart that describes what credit is available for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses at http://docs.lclark.edu/undergraduate/policiesprocedures/advancedstanding/
International Baccalaureate Courses/Diploma
See chart referenced above.
Advanced Placement Credit
See chart referenced above.
British “A” Levels
(Usually includes “A” levels from Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.). L&C grants 8 semester credits (equivalent of two courses) for “A Levels” with passes of A, B, C, D and E in most academic subjects. The College does not recognize “O Levels” as advanced standing credit.
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE)
L&C awards 8 semester credits for each “Unit 2” level exam with grades of 1 or 2.
French Baccalaureat Du General
L&C grants 4 semester credits for exams passed with a score of 10 or higher and a coefficient of 4 or higher.
L&C grants up to 32 semester credits for students who pass the Abitur and have received the Reifezeugnis or Zeugnis der Reife with good grades.
School Leaving Certificates from European and Scandinavian Countries
L&C frequently grants varying amounts of advanced placement credits (0 to 32 semester credits) to students graduating from gymnasiums in this area of the world. Students must, however, petition for the credit. In the past, students from Sweden, France, Norway, and Finland have received credits after petitioning. Generally speaking, credit is given to students graduating from 13-year systems (from gymnasiums, not other types of schools).
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)
Graduates of the GAC program can earn up to 28 credits toward a degree at Lewis & Clark. Credit is awarded for completed courses only and for grades of “C” or better. A chart outlining GAC courses accepted for credit can be found at: http://www.lclark.edu/offices/international/admissions/gactransfercred/.
General Statement of Transfer Credit
L&C usually grants full transfer credit for coursework judged to be college/university level, academic in nature, and consistent with the curriculum at the College. Transfer credit must come from accredited (government recognized), degree-granting, tertiary institutions abroad, and will not be accepted from “institutes,” trade schools, proprietary schools, etc. There are, of course, other rules governing the transfer credit process. For example, L&C will accept only courses in which students earn grades of “C” or higher.
When transferring from quarter system schools, L&C converts quarter credit to semester credit by multiplying by .67 (e.g. 15 quarter credits = 10 semester credits). Students can transfer 32 semester credits per year, up to a credit maximum of 68 semester credits.
For more information on transfer credit, see the Registrar’s website at http://college.lclark.edu/offices/registrar/transfer_credit.php