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.

Advanced placement credits are typically recorded as “elective credit” and apply toward the credit needed for graduation.

The Lewis & Clark College registrar maintains a very helpful chart that describes what credit is available for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses at

Each of the following exams and certifications are evaluated on an individual basis. 

British “A” Levels

(Usually includes “A” levels from Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.). L&C may grant credit 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 may grant credit for each “Unit 2” level exam with grades of 1 or 2.

French Baccalaureat Du General

L&C may grant credit for exams passed with a score of 10 or higher and a coefficient of 4 or higher.

German Abitur

L&C may grant credit 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 may grant credit 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).

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