Do All Ivy League Colleges Give Credit for AP exams? No, They Don’t!

It is a fact that six out of the eight Ivy League colleges give college credit for AP exams in which students have scored at least a four, or in some cases, the score must be a five. While the AP credit policies vary from school to school, they can also vary from department to department within a school. In all cases, earning high scores on AP exams helps you earn admission to top colleges. It also allows students to circumvent certain basic courses and instead to take more rewarding, higher-level classes. 

Here are the AP credit policies of all eight Ivy League colleges. 

Columbia University allows a maximum of 16 credits for AP exams in which students scored at least a 4, though the minimum score varies by subject. In the required pure science areas, the number of advanced placement academic credits awarded to students of engineering and applied science varies from the levels awarded for liberal arts programs, notably in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The benefit of advanced placement is acceleration through certain program requirements and thus the opportunity to take specialized courses earlier.

Cornell University gives AP credit for exam scores of 4 or 5. Advanced placement credit is college credit that students earn before they matriculate as freshmen and that may count toward the degree and/or degree requirements as specified by the individual college at Cornell. Its primary purpose is to exempt students from introductory courses and to place them in advanced courses. Its value is that it allows students to include more advanced courses in their studies.

Harvard University gives credit for AP exam scores of 5. Through Harvard’s advanced standing program, students can actually earn a Masters degree in four years while they are also earning a bachelors degree. Significant details apply. Credit towards graduation is granted for Advanced Placement exams only if a student activates Advanced Standing. Incoming students who have taken AP exams need a total of 32 credits to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Credits are earned by scoring 5 on a minimum of four AP exams. Harvard confers 4 or 8 credits for each eligible AP exam depending on whether the exam covers one semester or one full year’s worth of material.

University of Pennsylvania gives credit for AP exam scores or 4 or 5, and this requirement varies by subject. The University of Pennsylvania may award credit or advanced course standing to students who have taken Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other internationally-recognized examinations. Scores warranting university credit vary by department.  

Princeton University gives credit for AP exam scores or 4 or 5, and this requirement varies by subject. AP test scores are used for enter upper-level courses, to fulfill the foreign language requirement, to become eligible for graduation in three years or with three and one-half years of study (advanced standing), and to fulfill B.S.E. general requirements in math, physics, and chemistry.

Brown University does not offer college credit for AP Tests. Some departments allow automatic transcript notation of AP credit(s) on the sole basis of qualifying AP test scores, while others allow AP credit(s) retroactively, upon successful completion of one of their advanced courses. Still other departments have policies that grant no AP credits whatsoever.

Dartmouth University does not offer college credit for AP Tests. Dartmouth grants credit on entrance for AP and IB examinations, as well as offers exemptions and placement in some subject areas. Credit on entrance appears on the Dartmouth transcript and does not count towards the 35 credits required to graduate.


Neil Chyten

NC Global Education Founder

NC Global Education, Inc.

Tel: 1-800-469-1028

Chinese: 1-833-888-6232

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *