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There are a number of ways to earn advanced placement units at Boston College including qualifying scores on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate exams, British A Level exams, French Baccalaureate exams, as well as results from the German Abitur, and the Swiss Maturité and Italian Maturità. Official results from all testing should be sent to the Office of Transfer Admission for evaluation. Qualifying scores will be assigned advanced placement units as outlined in the tabs below.

Boston College participates in the Advanced Placement program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Applicants interested in advanced placement should make arrangements to take the Advanced Placement Examinations given by the College Board in May of each year.

The following table displays Boston College's Advanced Placement policy. Boston College reserves the right to change this policy, as is determined by campus administrators. In general, a student scoring four or five on the exams will be awarded advanced placement. In some instances, a score of three will make a student eligible for advanced placement. In most cases, students do not earn actual credit, rather, they fulfill corresponding requirements in the Core Curriculum.

Advanced Placement Exam Exam Score Minimum Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Art History

4

3

Fine Arts Core
Biology 4 6 2 Natural Science Core
Calculus AB (or AB sub score)

4

3

1 Math Core
Calculus BC 4 6 1 Math Core/1 Math Elective
Capstone Seminar n/a n/a n/a
Chemistry 4 6 2 Natural Science Core
Chinese Language and Culture 4 6 2 Slavic Language Electives & Language Proficiency, Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Computer Science (AB or A)

4

3

1 Computer Science Elective. Must consult with the department to determine if any placement toward major is appropriate.
Economics (Micro) 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except LSOE)
Economics (Macro) 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except LSOE)
English Language 4 3 Writing Core
English Literature 4 3 Literature Core
Environmental Science 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
European History

4

6

Modern History Core I and II

French Language/Literature

3
4

0
6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
2 Romance Language Electives and Language Proficiency
German

3
4

0
6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
2 German Language Electives and Language Proficiency
U.S. Government and Politics

4

3

1 Social Science Core (A&S or CSON only)

Comparative Government and Politics 4 3 1 Social Science Core (A&S or CSON only)
Human Geography N/A N/A No BC equivalent
Italian Language and Culture

3
4

0
6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
2 Romance Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Japanese Lanaguage & Culture 4 6 2 Slavic Lanague Electives & Language Proficiency
Latin: Virgil/Literature 4 6 2 Classical Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Music Theory 5 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Physics B

4

6

2 Natural Science Core

Physics C Mechanics

Physics C E+M

4

4

3

3

1 Natural Science Core

1 Natural Science Core

Psychology 4 3 1 Social Science Core
Spanish Language/Literature

3
4

0
6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
2 Romance Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Statistics

5

3

Fulfills Statistics Requirement (CSOM Only)

Studio Art 4 3 1 Fine Arts Core
U.S. History 4 6
2 History Elective
World History

4

6

2 Modern European History Core

Each score of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a core requirement. Please reference the table below for specific exams.

Arts
IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Dance N/A N/A N/A
Film 6/7 3 Fine Arts Core
Music 6/7 3 Fine Arts Core
Theatre 6/7 3 Fine Arts Core
Visual Arts 6/7 3 Fine Arts Core
Individuals and Societies
IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Business and Management N/A N/A N/A
Economics 6/7 6 2 Social Science Core (Micro/Macro Econ.) except in LSOE
Geography N/A N/A N/A
World 20th Century History 6/7 6 2 Modern European History Core
History of Europe & the Islamic World
6/7 6 2 Modern European History Core
Information Tech in a Global Society
n/a n/a n/a
Philosophy 6/7 3 1 Philosophy Core
Psychology 6/7 3 No Core; 1 Psychology Elective
Social and Cultural Anthropology 6/7 3 1 Social Science Core
Sciences
IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Biology 6/7 6 2 Natural Science Core
Chemistry 6/7 6 2 Natural Science Core
Computer Science 6/7 6 2 Computer Science Electives**
Design Technology N/A N/A N/A
Environmental Systems 6/7 3 1 Natural Science Core
Physics 6/7 6 2 Natural Science Core
Sports, Exercise, & Health Science n/a n/a n/a
Mathematics
IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Mathematics 6/7 3 1 Math Core
Language and Literature
IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
English 6/7 6 1 Writing Core/1 Literature Core
Foreign Language 6/7 6 A&S/CSOM Language Proficiency


* IB elective units cannot be used to fulfill the three arts and sciences electives required for CSOM, but can count toward the 24 unites required to be eligible to apply for advanced standing. Electives do not count toward the degree in any other scenario because IB units are generally used for placement only.

** Students interested in the Computer Science major must consult with the Computer Science department to determine if their electives can apply to the major.

All students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management must demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language in order to graduate from Boston College. The SAT II Subject test scores below demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency at Boston College.

SAT Subject Test Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Chinese

550

6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
French 550 6 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
German 550 6 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Italian

550

6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Japanese 650 6 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Korean 650 6 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Latin 600 6 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Spanish 550

6

Demonstrates Language Proficiency



Advanced placement units can be earned for college courses taken during high school according to the following guidelines.

Courses Taken at a High School:

Students enrolled in courses designated as “college courses” that are taken at the high school with a high school teacher may only earn advanced placement units if corresponding College Board AP exams are taken and qualifying scores are earned. A college transcript alone can not be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

Courses Taken on a College Campus:

College coursework taken on a college campus with a college professor and with other college students either during the academic year or over the summer may be evaluated for advanced placement units. Only courses that are deemed equal in depth and breadth to coursework taught at Boston College and are being used to supplement high school coursework (and not to fulfill high school requirements) will be considered.

Each 3- or 4-credit course with a grade of B or better will earn advanced placement units. College transcripts for these courses should be submitted to the Office of Transfer Admission by August 1. Students who enroll at a local college to satisfy high school graduation requirements are not eligible for advanced placement units unless they take the corresponding College Board AP exams and earn qualifying scores.

A Level Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Accounting

n/a

n/a

n/a
Applied Information & Communication
Technology
n/a n/a
n/a
Art and Design

n/a

n/a

n/a
Art History A/B/C 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Art (Fine Art) A/B/C 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Astronomy A/B/C 3 1 Natural Science Core
Biology

A/B
C

6
3

2 Natural Science Core
1 Natural Science Core
Business n/a n/a
n/a
Chemistry

A/B
C

6
3

2 Natural Science Core
1 Natural Science Core

Communication Studies n/a n/a
n/a
Computer Science n/a n/a n/a
Drama and Theatre Studies A/B/C 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Economics

A/B
C

6

3

2 Social Science Core (except LSOE)
1 Social Science Core (except LSOE)

English Language

A

B/C

6

3

Writing & Literature Core  

Writing Core Only

English Literature

A/B

C

6

3

Literature & Writing Core

Literature Core Only

Environmental Studies

A/B
C

6
3

2 Natural Science Core
1 Natural Science Core

Film Studies A/B/C 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Geography n/a
n/a n/a
Global Perspectives & Research
n/a n/a n/a
History A/B/C 6 Modern History Core I and II
Islamic Studies A/B/C N/A N/A
Languages other than English A/B/C 3 1 Foreign Language elective/Language proficiency
Law n/a n/a n/a
Marine Science n/a n/a n/a
Math

A/B
C

6
3

1 Math Core/1 Math Elective
1 Math Core

Media Studies n/a n/a n/a
Music A/B/C N/A N/A
Physics

A/B
C

6
3

2 Natural Science Core
1 Natural Science Core

Psychology A/B/C 3 1 Psychology Core
Statistics

A/B
C

3
n/a

1 Statistics CSOM Core
n/a

Theatre Studies A/B/C 3 1 Fine Arts Core
Thinking Skills n/a n/a n/a
Travel and Tourism n/a n/a n/a

FRENCH BACCALAUREATE
For all subjects with a coefficient of 5 or higher, advanced placement units will be assigned as follows:

  • 6 units for scores of 13 or higher
  • 3 units for scores of 10–12
  • Scores below 10 do not qualify.
  • Units may be used to fulfill corresponding core or major requirements.

Units may be used to fulfill corresponding core or major requirements. No advanced placement units will be awarded for English. 

ITALIAN MATURITA
For students who earn an exam score of 70 or higher on the final exam: advanced placement units will be awarded only for subjects in which the written exam was taken (no placement for oral exams) and the average score for the final exam over the last two years is 7 or higher. No advanced placement can be earned for English.

GERMAN ABITUR
Placement will be considered for the four subjects score in Abitur final exams. For two subjects listed as "main subject", scores of 10 or higher will earn 6 advanced placement units in corresponding subject areas. For two additional "basic course" with scores of 10 or higher, 3 advanced placement units will be earned in corresponding subject areas. No advanced placement units can be earned for English. 

SWISS MATURITE
Advanced placement units can be earned for exam scores of 4 or better. No advanced placement units can be earned for English.

Students who earn a total of 24 Advanced Placement units may be eligible for Advanced Standing and have the option to complete their undergraduate studies in three years. Students interested in this option should be in touch with their dean following completion of their first semester at BC.  No decision on Advanced Standing will be made prior to this time. Students seeking Advanced Standing must be able to complete all degree requirements by the proposed graduation date and be approved for Advanced Standing by the dean before the start of the third year of undergraduate study.

Please note: Boston College reserves the right to change these policies at any time, and without notice.