Advanced Placement

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. Students seeking Advanced Standing, which is the option to complete their undergraduate studies in six semesters of full-time study, shall be in touch with their Academic Dean no sooner than the completion of their first semester at BC. Qualifying scores will be assigned advanced placement units as outlined in the tabs below.

For current Boston College students:

If your Advanced Placement scores are not reflected on your record on the Agora Portal, please order a new score report from the College Board and have it sent to Boston College. Our code is 3083. Next, please complete this form and email it to Susan Migliorisi at migliori@bc.edu. Keep in mind that scores take approximately two weeks to arrive from the College Board.

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 University Core Curriculum. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation unless you have the equivalency of 30 AP credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years.

Advanced Placement Exam Exam Score Minimum Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Art History 4 3 1 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 
Chemistry 4 6 2 Natural Science Core
Chinese Language and Culture 4 6 2 Slavic Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Comparative Government and Politics 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
Computer Science (A or Principles) 4 3 1 Computer Science Elective. Must consult with the department to determine if any placement toward major is appropriate.
Economics (Macro) 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
Economics (Micro) 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
English Language and Composition 4 3 Writing Core
English Literature and Composition 4 3 Literature Core
Environmental Science 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
European History 4 6 History Core I and II
French Language and Culture 3 0 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
French Language and Culture 4 3 1 Romance Language Elective and Language Proficiency
German Language and Culture 4 6 2 German Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Human Geography N/A N/A No BC equivalent
Italian Language and Culture 3 0 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Italian Language and Culture 4 3 1 Romance Language Elective and Language Proficiency
Japanese Language and Culture 4 6 2 Slavic Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Latin 4 6 2 Classical Language Electives and Language Proficiency
Music Theory 4 3 1 Arts Core
Physics 1 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
Physics 2 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
Physics C E+M 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
Physics C Mechanics 4 3 1 Natural Science Core
Psychology 4 3 1 Social Science Core. Please consult with the Psychology department to determine how placement toward major is appropriate.
Research N/A N/A No BC equivalent
Seminar N/A N/A No BC equivalent
Spanish Language and Culture 3 0 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Spanish Language and Culture 4 3 1 Romance Language Elective and Language Proficiency
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 0 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Spanish Literature and Culture 4 3 1 Romance Language Elective and Language Proficiency
Statistics 5 3 Fulfills Statistics Requirement for MCAS Psychology majors only
Fulfills Business Statistics Requirement for CSOM students beginning with Class of 2024
Studio Art 4 3 1 Fine Arts Elective
U.S. Government and Politics 4 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
U.S. History 4 6 2 History Electives. Please consult with the department for any possible placement toward History major.
World History 4 6 History Core I and II

*Students in the Connell School of Nursing fulfill their Natural Science and Mathematics Core Curriculum requirements through coursework taken during their freshman year. Therefore, qualifying exam scores cannot be used to fulfill those requirements for nursing students.

Each score of 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will earn advanced placement units and will generally satisfy a core requirement. You will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation, unless you have the equivalency of 30 credits, in which case you may qualify for advanced standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. Please reference the table below for specific exams.

IB Exam Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Dance N/A N/A N/A
Film 6/7 3 1 Arts Core
Music 6/7 3 1 Arts Core
Theatre 6/7 3 1 Arts Core
Visual Arts 6/7 3 1 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 3 1 Social Science Core (except in Lynch School)
Geography N/A N/A N/A
Global Politics 6/7 3 1 Social Science Core (except in Lynch School)
History of the Americas 6/7 6 History Core I and II
History of Europe 6/7 6 History Core I and II
Information Technology in a Global Society N/A N/A N/A
Islamic History 6/7 3 No Core; 1 History Elective
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
World Religion 6/7 3 1 Theology 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 3 1 Computer Science Elective**
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
Math
IB Exam
Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Mathematics 6/7 3 1 Math Core
Further Mathematics 6/7 3 1 Math Core
Language
IB Exam
Exam Score Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
English A Literature 6/7 3 1 Literature Core
English A Language 6/7 3 1 Writing Core
English B Language 6/7 3 1 Writing Core
Foreign Language 6/7 6 MCAS Language Proficiency
Modern Classical Language 6/7 6 MCAS Language Proficiency

* IB elective units cannot be used to fulfill the four arts and sciences electives required for CSOM, but can count toward the 30 units 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, not credit.

** Students interested in the Computer Science major must consult with the Computer Science Department to determine if these electives can in any way apply to the major.

Sports, Exercise and Health Science IB is not recognized by Boston College.

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

SAT Subject Test Exam Score Minimum Requirements Fulfilled
Chinese 700 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
French 550 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
German 600
700*
Demonstrates Language Proficiency (*beginning with the Class of 2025)
Italian 550 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Japanese 700 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Korean 700 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Latin 600 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
Spanish 550 Demonstrates Language Proficiency
A-Level Exam Exam Score Minimum Advanced Placement Units Requirements Fulfilled*
Accounting N/A N/A N/A
Ancient History A/B/C 3 1 History Core
Art and Design N/A N/A N/A
Art History A/B/C 3 1 Arts Core
Art (Fine Art) A/B/C 3 1 Arts Core
Astronomy A/B/C 3 1 Natural Science Core
Biology A/B 6 2 Natural Science Core
Biology C 3 1 Natural Science Core
Business N/A N/A N/A
Business Studies N/A N/A N/A
Chemistry A/B 6 2 Natural Science Core
Chemistry C 3 1 Natural Science Core
Computer Science A/B/C 3 1 Computer Science Elective
Economics A/B 6 2 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
Economics C 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
English Language A/B/C 3 Writing Core Only
English Literature A/B/C 3 Literature Core Only
Film Studies A/B/C 3 1 Arts Core
Geography N/A N/A N/A
History A/B/C 6 2 History Core
Islamic Studies N/A N/A N/A
Languages other than English A/B/C 3 1 Foreign Language Elective/Language Proficiency
Maths/Further Maths A/B 6 1 Math Core/1 Math Elective
Maths/Further Maths C 3 1 Math Core
Music N/A N/A N/A
Photography N/A N/A N/A
Physics A/B 6 2 Natural Science Core
Physics C 3 1 Natural Science Core
Psychology A/B/C 3 1 Psychology Core
Religious Studies A/B/C 3 1 Theology Core
Sociology A/B/C 3 1 Social Science Core (except Lynch School)
Statistics N/A N/A N/A
Theatre Studies A/B/C 3 1 Arts Core

 

* There are other A-Level courses offered that do not apply to a degree at Boston College. If the course is not listed here, no advanced placement units can be earned.

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 University Core or major requirements.
No advanced placement units will be awarded for English.

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 units can be earned for English.

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

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 30 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 decisions on Advanced Standing will be made prior to that 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 their third year of undergraduate study.

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

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 cannot be used to earn advanced placement units for these courses.

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 3 advanced placement units. Students will still be required to take the full 120 credits necessary for graduation, unless they have the equivalency of 30 credits, in which case they may qualify for Advanced Standing and would be eligible to graduate from Boston College in 3 years. 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.