Transfer Credit, AP Credit & More

Transfer Credit Information

Students are responsible for ensuring that official copies of transcripts from each institution at which they have taken college-level coursework are submitted to the Saint Michael’s College for evaluation. This includes college credit earned through high school dual enrollment programs, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). Saint Michael’s College accepts both hard-copy and electronic official transcripts.

(see SMC catalog for complete policy)

Credit is transferred on a course-by-course basis. Transferred courses are assigned an equivalent Saint Michael’s College course prefix/number (e.g. PS 101) when appropriate. If no equivalent course is designated, general credit in the appropriate discipline may be awarded.

In order to be eligible for transfer credit at Saint Michael’s College, a course must meet the following criteria:

  • Institution where the course was completed is a regionally accredited, degree-granting college or and university in the US; or is recognized as a post-secondary, degree-granting institution by the foreign government or state governmental agency in the country where the institution is located.
  • Course is comparable in content, nature, and rigor to course offerings in the corresponding discipline at Saint Michael’s College.
  • Course is completed with a grade of C- (or equivalent) or higher. A course with a grade of ‘P’ (Pass) or ‘S’ (Satisfactory) will be accepted only with official documentation verifying successful completion of the course at the C- or higher level.

A course is not transferable under the following circumstances:

  • Course discipline is not offered at Saint Michael’s College, e.g. nursing, physical education, or culinary arts.
  • Course is considered remedial or developmental in nature, and doesn’t count toward degree requirements at sending institution.
  • Course appears on transcript without credit and/or a grade assigned.
  • Course credit was awarded based on life or work experience.
  • Course credit was earned based on internship or cooperative education experience.
  • Course credit is awarded in Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Grades in transferred courses are not transferable, and they are not used in the computation of the GPA at Saint Michael’s College.

Transfer credit is awarded based on the credit value of the course in semester credit hours (or equivalent) at the sending institution, not based on the credit value of the comparable course at Saint Michael’s College. However, a three-credit transferred course may be used to satisfy a requirement if it is deemed equivalent to a four-credit Saint Michael’s College that meets that requirement.

To earn a Saint Michael’s College degree, students must earn a minimum of 32 credits at SMC. At least half of the credits used to satisfy major and minor requirements must be earned at SMC, or through a college-approved study-abroad or study-away program. 24 of the final 32 credits must be earned at SMC, or through a college-approved study-abroad or study-away program.

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccelaureate (IB) and International Exams & Credentials

Students with the following Advanced Placement scores are eligible for transfer credit at Saint Michael’s College. The Registrar’s Office requires that official score reports from the College Board. More information about requesting score reports is available on the College Board’s website.

Test NameScoreCourse Equivalent
AP Research 4 or 5
General Elective credit

(credit towards a major, minor, or the Core will be considered on a student-by-student basis)
AP Seminar 4 or 5
General Elective credit

(credit towards a major, minor, or the Core will be considered on a student-by-student basis)
Art History4 or 5AH-251 (Literature & the Arts Core)
Biology4 or 5BI-001 (Scientific Inquiry Core)

does not count towards Biology (major or minor), Biochemistry, Neuroscience or Pre-Pharmacy
Calculus AB3MA-130 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
 4 or 5MA-150 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Calculus BC3MA-150 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
 4 or 5MA-150 and MA-160 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Chemistry4 or 5CH-110 (Scientific Inquiry Core)
Chinese Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for CHI-102
Computer Science A4 or 5CS-111 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Economics - Macro4 or 5EC-101
Economics- Micro4 or 5EC-103
English Language4 or 5EN-101
English Literature4 or 5EN-001 (Literature & the Arts Core)

does not count towards English major or minor
Environmental Science4 or 5BI-001 (Scientific Inquiry Core)*
European History4 or 5HI-001 (History & Society Core)
French Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for FR-102
German Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for GE-102
Government & Politics - Comparative4 or 5PO-285 (History & Society Core)
Government & Politics - U.S.4 or 5PO-120 (History & Society Core)
Human Geography5GG-101 (History & Society Core)
Italian Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for IT-102
Japanese Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for JA-102
Latin: Vergil4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for LA-102
Music Theory4 or 5MU-201
Physics 1 and 2 (formerly B)4 or 5PY-220 (Scientific Inquiry Core)
Physics C4 or 5PY-210 (Scientific Inquiry Core)
Psychology4 or 5PS-101
Spanish Language3Establishes Language Proficiency
 4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency and credit for SP-102
Spanish Literature4 or 5Establishes Language Proficiency
Statistics3, 4 or 5ST-120 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Studio Art4 or 5AR-205 (Literature & the Arts Core)
U.S. History4 or 5

HI-002 (History & Society Core) Note: students opting to receive credit for the US History AP Exam will not earn credit for HI-101 or HI-103 at SMC.


World History4 or 5HI-003 (History & Society Core)

Students who complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 32 credits at Saint Michael’s College, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status.

International Baccalaureate students not completing the Diploma Program are also eligible to receive advanced standing and/or credit, which may be awarded for Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL) courses with grades of 5, 6, or 7. A maximum of 32 credits will be awarded.

Official IB score reports should be sent directly from International Baccalaureate to the SMC Registrar’s Office.

The following chart lists selected IB course equivalencies. The Registrar’s Office regularly works with academic departments to evaluate IB course content. If a specific course is not listed below, please contact the Registrar’s Office for additional information.

IB Course
Level/Grade
Credits
Course Equivalent
BiologyHL: 5, 6, 7
4

BI-001 (Scientific Inquiry Core) does not count towards Biology (major or minor), Biochemistry, Neuroscience or Pre-Pharmacy


Business Management
HL: 5, 6, 7
4
BU-214
English A: Literature
HL: 5, 6, 7
4
EN-001 (Literature and the Arts Core)
French B
HL: 5, 6, 7
8
FR-101 and FR-102 (establishes Language Proficiency)
Geography
SL & HL: 6, 7
4
GG-101 (History and Society Core)
Higher Math/Further Math
HL: 4
4
MA-130 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Higher Math/Further Math
HL: 5
4
MA-150 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
Higher Math/Further Math
HL: 6, 7
8
MA-150 and MA-150 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
History
SL: 5, 6, 7
4
HI-003 (History and Society Core)
History Americas
HL: 5, 6, 7
8
HI-101 and HI-103 (History and Society Core)
History Asia/Oceania
HL: 5, 6, 7
8
8 credits of HI-003 (History and Society Core)
History Europe
HL: 5, 6, 7
8
HI-105 and HI-107 (History and Society Core)
ITGS
SL: 5, 6, 7
4
General Elective
Spanish ABSL: 5, 6, 70Establishes Language Proficiency (no credit)
Spanish BHL: 5, 6, 78SP-101 and SP-102 (establishes Language Proficiency)
StatisticsHL: 5, 6, 74ST-120 (Quantitative Reasoning Core)
TheatreHL: 5, 6, 74FA-001 (Literature and the Arts Core)
Visual ArtsSL & HL: 5, 6, 74FA-001 (Literature and the Arts Core)

Coursework and/or exams for all international secondary school credentials and leaving exams are evaluated on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic department. Official transcripts or score reports from the institutions or examining boards are required. Country-specific information is available below.

Canada (Province of Quebec)
CEGEP

Transfer credit may be awarded for coursework completed in the final year of CEGEP, which is generally considered equivalent to college-level coursework in the United States. Transfer credit for CEGEP courses are awarded in accordance with SMC’s transfer credit policies.

United Kingdom
A-Levels (Cambridge International Exams)

Students earning grades of A, B, or C on Advanced Level (A-Level) exams may be eligible to earn transfer credit. Saint Michael’s College will not award transfer credit for AS or O-level exams.

Norway
Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole/Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring

Transfer credit may be awarded for scores of 3 or higher in subjects completed in the final year of Videregående Skole.

Switzerland
Matura

Transfer credit may be awarded for exams completed with scores of 4, 5 or 6.