Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

All of our degree plans in the College of Science and Engineering are designed so that it is possible for you to complete your degree in four years without any incoming credit; however, some of our students do take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams to earn credit towards their degree requirements.
All of our degree plans in the College of Science and Engineering are designed so that it is possible for you to complete your degree in four years without any incoming credit; however, some of our students do take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams to earn credit towards their degree requirements.

Please view the following web pages to learn how scores in these exams will offer you credit for degree requirements at the University of Minnesota.

  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate


  • If you do not have your AP and IB scores yet because you are attending an orientation session prior to the score release dates, our professional advisors will ask you to use your best judgment when you register for classes. Once you receive your scores in July, you will be able to adjust your schedule if necessary.

    It is important to note that you may retake a course that you already earned credit for if you feel unsure about moving to more advanced coursework in your first semester of college. This is especially true for courses in Math, Chemistry, and Physics as it is important that students have a strong foundation in these subjects depending on which major they intend to pursue.

    You cannot receive duplicate credit if you choose to retake a course, and you may not retroactively use your AP or IB credit to satisfy a course requirement if you are unsuccessful in passing a course at the U of M. An advisor will work with you one-on-one during orientation to discuss which course of action is best for you based on your intended major, confidence with the course material, and the rest of your first semester schedule.

    As a reminder, please write down and bring with you to orientation which AP or IB exams you have taken and what credit you think you will receive.