Transfer of Pre-matriculation
All requests for credit for academic work completed prior to entering Colgate must be filed with the registrar’s office prior to registration during the fourth semester. Supporting documentation, such as the official transcript(s), official test scores, and/or course syllabi, must be submitted with the pre-matriculation credit request. Students who fail to meet this deadline must submit a written request accompanied by a written statement of support from the academic adviser to the university registrar.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Credit
Students wishing to transfer Advanced Placement (AP) credit must have the official College Board score reports filed with the registrar's office prior to course registration during the fourth semester. Acceptable exams and scores may be viewed here: Advanced Placement Credit Summary.
Students wishing to transfer International Baccalaureate (IB) credit must have the official International Baccalaureate transcript filed with the registrar's office prior to course registration during the fourth semester. Acceptable exams and scores may be viewed here: International Baccalaureate Credit Summary.
AP or IB credit may not be used to fulfill the university areas of inquiry requirement. Each department will determine whether credit will count toward exemption from a course and/or fulfillment of the requirements for the major or minor in that department.
Other International Examinations
Credit may be granted for students who have achieved a score on an international exam (e.g., A-Levels, Abitur) that indicates a level of competence equivalent to the completion of a specific course at Colgate. To receive credit, qualified students may petition the appropriate academic department by submitting the Petition for International Exam Credit, along with the exam syllabus and certificate of results to the appropriate department chair for review. If approved, the chair will send the signed form to the registrar's office for processing. An official certificate of results must be submitted to the registrar's office before credit can be awarded. The petition process must be completed prior to course registration during the student's fourth semester.
See the A-levels Chart for Chemistry equivalents.
A-Levels or other international exam credit may not be used to fulfill the university areas of inquiry requirement. Each department will determine whether credit will count toward exemption from a course and/or fulfillment of the requirements for the major or minor in that department.
To transfer pre-matriculation credit (other than AP, IB, or A-Levels), students must submit the Transfer of Pre-matriculation Credit Application, corresponding course descriptions or syllabi, and an official transcript to the registrar's office. Please read the first page of the form for specific requirements and
policies regarding pre-matriculation credit. Note that college-level courses taken in the high school/or taught only to high school student are not eligible for transfer credit.
College courses completed prior to matriculation may not be used to fulfill any of the university’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum requirements.
Students who wish to apply for transfer credit must do so prior to course registration during the fourth semester.