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Advanced Standing Policy

Note: 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 IB and AP courses at

International Baccalaureate Courses/Diploma

L&C grants 8 semester credits (equivalent of two courses) for successful completion of the subject examinations at the higher level with a score of 6 or 7; 4 semester credits (equivalent of one course) for successful completion of the subject examinations at the higher level with a score of 5; OR 24 semester credits (equivalent of six courses) for successful completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 36 and above; 16 semester credits (equivalent of four courses) for successful completion of the IB Diploma with a score of 32 to 35. Credit is awarded upon receipt of an official IB certificate from the IB office.  

Advanced Placement Credit

L&C awards 4 semester credits (equivalent of one course) for AP test scores of 4 and 5. Eight semester credits are awarded for scores of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam. For students who receive scores of 4 or 5 on both the Calculus AB and BC exams, no more than 8 semester credits will be awarded. Credit for AP exams may not be applied toward General Education requirements except in the case of Foreign Languages & Literatures.

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.

German Abitur

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:

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. Transfer credit for English (as a foreign language) is limited. A maximum of 12 semester credits of ESL courses may be applied towards the degree.

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