Advanced Placement Exams,
Dual Enrollment Credits,
& International Baccalaureate

High school students have many opportunities to accelerate their pace of studies and experience college early. In some cases, these opportunities may result in credits that can be applied toward DeSales University graduation requirements.

To determine if your exam scores and/or college credits are transferable, please have your official score sheet and/or transcript sent directly to DeSales University from the respective organization or postsecondary institution.

Approximately one month prior to your first day of class in the fall, the director of advising and retention will inform you via your DeSales e-mail account about any transferable credits and will advise you regarding any needed changes to your first-semester schedule. Students are not able to receive credit for the same course more than once. More information about these processes is provided for incoming freshmen at the DSU Preview event.

Additional Guidelines for Dual Enrollment College Credits: College courses from other institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis. Courses must be at least three-credits and, generally, should be comparable to courses offered at DeSales University. Students must also earn a minimum grade of C-. DeSales University has established agreements with several local community colleges. If you completed a dual enrollment course at one of these institutions, you may wish to view a course comparison list by clicking here.

Additional Guidelines for International Baccalaureate Exams: International Baccalaureate exam scores are evaluated on an individual basis. DeSales University only grants credit for higher level (HL) exams and generally requires a score of at least 5 on most exams.

The Advanced Placement Credit policies are as follows:
Students seeking advanced placement must take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examination(s) in the subject(s) involved. Only the results of the first administration of each Examination can be considered as a basis for granting credit, i.e., students may not retake exams until they achieve a satisfactory score. In addition, all examination results to be considered for advanced placement and/or credit are to be submitted prior to the applicant's matriculation in DeSales University.


AP Exam

Score 

 

DeSales Credit

Art History

4 or 5

 

Humanities 3 (3 credits)

Art 2-D Design

3, 4, or 5

 

Free Elective (3 credits)

Biology

4 or 5

 

BI 151 (4 credits)

Calculus AB

4 or 5

 

MA 121 & MA 122 (6 credits)

Calculus BC

3
4 or 5

 

MA 121 & MA 122 (6 credits)
MA 121, 122, & 223 (9 credits)

Chemistry

4
5

 

CH 101 (4 credits)
CH 101 & CH 102 (8 credits)

Computer Science A

4 or 5

 

CS 121 (3 credits)

Computer Science AB

4 or 5

 

CS 211 (3 credits)

Macroeconomics

3, 4, or 5

 

EC 209 (3 credits)

Microeconomics 

3, 4, or 5

 

EC 210 (3 credits)

English Language & Composition

4
5

 

EN 103 (3 credits)
EN 103 & EN 104 (6 credits)

English Literature & Composition

4
5

 

EN 103 (3 credits)
EN 103 & EN 104 (6 credits)

Environmental Science

4 or 5

 

BI 242 (4 credits)

European History

4
5

 

HI 202 (3 credits)
HI 201 & HI 202 (6 credits)

Foreign Language

3
4 or 5

 

201 (3 credits)
201 & 202 (6 credits)

Government & Politics: American

4 or 5

 

PO 103 (3 credits)

Government & Politics: Comparative

4 or 5

 

PO 107 (3 credits)

Human Geography

3, 4, or 5

 

PO 108 (3 credits)

Music Theory

3, 4, or 5

 

FA 115 (3 credits)

Music Listening & Literature

3, 4, or 5

 

Free Elective (3 credits)

Physics (1: Algebra-Based)

4 or 5

 

Free Elective or, with permission of the department chair for natural sciences, PH 201

Physics (2: Algebra-Based)

4 or 5

 

Free Elective or, with permission of the department chair for natural sciences, PH 202

Physics (Form C: Mechanics)

4 or 5 

 

Free Elective or, with permission of the department chair for natural sciences, PH 201

 Physics (Form C: Electricity and Magnetism)

4 or 5 

 

 Free Elective or, with permission of the department chair for natural sciences, PH 202

Psychology

4 or 5

 

PS 109 (3 credits)

Statistics

3, 4, or 5

 

MA 111 (3 credits)

United States History

4
5

 

HI 214 (3 credits)
HI 213 & 214 (6 credits)

World History

5
  HI 262 (3 credits)
 HI 201 & HI 262 (6 credits)

In all other subjects, the AP exam in question is evaluated by the pertinent academic department that recommends whether advanced placement and/or credit should be awarded.