Fall 2021 Award Policy

Lafayette participates in the Advanced Placement examination program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Candidates interested in receiving course credit and placement in advanced classes should take the AP examinations given in May of each year.

A score of either 4 or 5 on most examinations, and 3 or above on selected others, will earn course credit and advanced placement. The Lafayette faculty determine score assignments each spring/summer.

It is possible to receive sophomore standing with sufficient credit and approval.

Lafayette cannot grant any AP credit without possession of the official AP score report from the College Board before the end of the student’s sophomore year at the College.

The credit awards for the 2021-22 academic year are as follows:

Art History 4,5 1 Elective credit in Art G
Art: Drawing, 2-D or 3-D Art and Design 4,5 1 Elective credit in Studio Art
Biology 5 2 Biology 111, 112
Calculus AB (test year 2019 or earlier) 4,5 1 Mathematics 161 M
Calculus AB (test year 2020 and beyond) 4, 5 1 Mathematics 125 K, M
Calculus BC (test year 2019 or earlier) 3,4,5 2 Mathematics 161, 162 M
Calculus BC (test year 2020 and beyond) 3,4,5 1 Mathematics 125 K, M
Chemistry (test year 2019 or earlier) 4,5 2 Chemistry 121, 122
Chemistry (test year 2020 and beyond) 4,5 1 Chemistry 121
Chinese Language and Culture 3,4,5 1 Chinese 102 or 112 C
Computer Science A 4,5 1 Computer Science 102 F
Economics 4,5 1 Economics 101 A
English Language or Literature 4,5 1 Elective credit in English B/G
Environmental Science 4,5 1 Elective credit in Environmental Science H/I
European History 4,5 1 Elective credit in European History J
French Language and Culture 3,4,5 1 French 102 or 112 C
German Language and Culture 3,4,5 1 German 102 or 112 C
Govt. & Politics: Comparative 4,5 1 Government 103
Govt. & Politics: U. S. 4,5 1 Government 101
Italian Language and Culture 3,4,5 1 Italian 102 or 112 C
Japanese Language and Culture 3,4,5 1 Japanese 102 or 112 C
Latin 3,4,5 1 Latin 102 or 112 C
Music Theory 4,5 1 Music 121
Physics 1 4,5 1 Physics 111 B/D
Physics 2 4,5 1 Physics 112 B/D
Physics C/M 4,5 1 Physics 131 B
Physics C/E&M 4,5 1 Physics 133 B
Psychology 4,5 1 elective credit in Psychology E
Spanish Language or Literature 3,4,5 1 Spanish 102 or 112 C
Statistics (test year 2019 or earlier; 2021) 4,5 1 Mathematics 186
Statistics (test year 2020 only) 4,5 1 Mathematics 110 L
United States History 4,5 1 Elective credit in American History J
World History 4,5 1 Elective credit in World History J


A – Must pass both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
B – Same course  (Cannot receive credit for Physics 111 & 131/151 and 112 & 133/152) (Only one credit awarded in English).
C – Satisfies the elementary proficiency in a second language requirement. (Maximum 1 credit per language)

D – Engineering majors will not be awarded credit for Physics 111, 112.
E – Course is not equivalent to Psychology 110 and does not meet natural lab science requirement.
F – Course is equivalent to Intro CS course (104 or 105 or 106) but does not meet Natural Science CCS requirement.

G – Course meets the Humanities requirement in the Common Course of Study.
H – Course does not meet the natural lab science requirement.

I – Course not equivalent to either EVST100 or GEOL110

J – Elective credit can not be applied in major

K – Based on department placement exams, students may place into a higher level course and then retroactively earn credit for courses from which they place out

L – Students needing credit for Math 186-Applied Statistics for their majors should forfeit this credit and take Math 186.

M – Students may not earn credit for both MATH125 + MATH161


The official results of the higher-level (HL) examination of the International Baccalaureate are considered for academic course credit at Lafayette College. Acceptable score levels for the IB program are 5 or higher in most subjects. Each department will determine the specific amount of credit, but in general, credit awards follow the AP listing above. No credit is awarded for subsidiary-level (SL) examinations. The full IB Diploma may qualify the holder for additional credit.

GCE A-levels are reviewed on a course by course basis.
Lafayette College does not award credit for the CLEP examination.