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Advanced Placement FAQs

Please click on the links for the answers to these frequently asked questions about Advanced Placement courses. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the registrar’s office (registrar@colgate.edu or 315-228-7676 or 315-228-6493) and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

General Questions


What Advanced Placement (AP) credit does Colgate accept?

Please use the Advanced Placement summary for a complete list of the exams and scores Colgate accepts. If an AP exam is not listed, it is not accepted at Colgate.

May I submit an AP score report that I have at home?

All AP score reports must be sent directly from the College Board to Colgate University. To request official score reports call 888-CALL 4 AP and reference Colgate University's college code, 2086.

What if I receive AP credit for a course but wish to forfeit the AP credit and take the same course at Colgate?

If you wish to forfeit AP credit and take the same course at Colgate, please be aware that the AP course will remain on your Colgate transcript. The course credit for the AP course will change from one course credit to zero course credits upon successful completion of the course at Colgate. You will receive one course credit for the successful completion of the Colgate course and it will be marked as a repeat.




AP Art & Art History (ARTS)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Art History exam?

If so, you are eligible to receive Colgate credit for ARTS 102.

You are eligible to register for another ARTS course.

Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Studio Art exam? Note: You must pass both the 2-D and 3-D Design exams with a score of 4 or 5 to be eligible for ARTS 100 credit.

If so, you are eligible to receive Colgate credit for ARTS 100, pending review and approval of your portfolio by the chair of the art department.

You are eligible to register for another ARTS course.




AP Biology (BIOL)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Biology exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for BIOL 101.

You are eligible to register for another BIOL course.



AP Chemistry (CHEM)


Did you receive a score of 4 on the AP Chemistry exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for CHEM 101.

You are eligible to register for CHEM 111/111L.

Did you receive a score of 5 on the AP Chemistry exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for CHEM 101 and CHEM 102.

You are eligible to register for CHEM 263/263L. However, experience has shown that students with a score of 4 or 5 are best served by taking one AP credit (CHEM 101) and enrolling in CHEM 111/111L.




AP Computer Science (COSC)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science-A exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for COSC 101.

You are eligible to register for COSC 102/102L.




AP Economics (ECON)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on both the AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Exams? Note: No credit is given if only one AP Economics exam is taken or if a score of 3 or lower is received on either exam.

If so, you are eligible for credit for ECON 151.

You are eligible to register for ECON 251 or another 200-level economics course.




AP French (FREN)


Did you receive a score of 3 on the AP French Language exam?

If so, you are not eligible for Colgate credit.

You are eligible to register for FREN 202 or higher.

Did you receive a score of 4 on the AP French Language exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for FREN 202.

You are eligible to register for a 300-level FREN course.

Did you receive a score of 5 on the AP French Language exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for FREN 361.

You are eligible to register for a 300-level FREN course.




AP Geography (GEOG)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Human Geography exam?

If yes, you are eligible for credit for GEOG 111.

You are eligible to register for another GEOG course.




AP German (GERM)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP German Language exam?

If yes, you are eligible for Colgate credit for GERM 202.

You are eligible to register for a 300-level GERM course.




AP History (HIST)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP European History exam?

If yes, you are eligible for credit for HIST 101 (0.50 credit) and HIST 102 (0.50 credit).

You are eligible to register for another 100-level HIST course, or a 200-level HIST course.

Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP US History Exam?

If so, you are eligible for credit for HIST 103 (0.50 credit) and HIST 104 (0.50 credit).

You are eligible to register another 100-level HIST course, or a 200-level HIST course.




AP Latin (LATN)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Latin: Vergil exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for LATN 122, following completion of a higher-level LATN course at Colgate.

You must successfully complete LATN 201 or a higher-level Colgate LATN course to receive credit for LATN 122.




AP Mathematics (MATH)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for MATH 111.

You are eligible to register for MATH 112.

Did you receive a score of 3 on the AP Calculus BC exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for MATH 111.

You are eligible to register for MATH 112.

Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for MATH 111 and MATH 112.

You are eligible to register for MATH 113.

Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for MATH 102.

You are eligible to register for another MATH course.




AP Music (MUSI)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for MUSI 203.

You are eligible to register for MUSI 204.




AP Physics (PHYS)


Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Physics B and/or Physics C-Mechanics exams?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for PHYS 111.

You are eligible to register for PHYS 120/120L.

Did you receive a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Physics C E&M exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for PHYS 112.

You are eligible to register for PHYS 120/120L.




AP Psychology (PSYC)


Did you receive a score of 5 on the AP Psychology exam?

If so, you are eligible for credit for PSYC 150.

You are eligible to register for a 200-level PSYC course.




AP Spanish (SPAN)


Did you receive a score of 3 on the AP Spanish Language exam?

If so, you are not eligible for Colgate credit.

You are eligible to register for SPAN 202 or higher.

Did you receive a score of 4 on the AP Spanish Literature or AP Spanish Language exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for SPAN 202.

You are eligible to register for a 300-level SPAN course.

Did you receive a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Language exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for SPAN 361.

You are eligible to register for another 300- level or higher SPAN course.

Did you receive a score of 5 on the AP Spanish Literature exam?

If so, you are eligible for Colgate credit for SPAN 202.

You are eligible to register for a 300-level SPAN course.