AP and IB scores: What you need to know before Orientation

Orientation is just around the corner! If you have taken (or plan on taking) AP or IB exams to earn credit toward degree requirements, there are some important things to keep in mind. Your CSE Academic Advising team has all the information you need to know.

If you have taken (or plan on taking) Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams to earn credit towards degree requirements, we have some important things for you to keep in mind prior to orientation!

All the CSE majors are designed to be four-year programs. While coming in with AP and IB courses is can be beneficial for satisfying academic requirements, students should still anticipate a four year experience. This is due to many factors, including program sequencing and course offerings. While coming in with additional credit will not necessarily shorten your time to degree completion, it can make adding a minor or taking additional courses in subjects that interest you much more feasible. Be sure to discuss your options with your academic advisor. 

Many students don’t have their AP or IB scores before their Orientation date. It’s okay to come to come to Orientation without them! When you meet with an advisor, you will discuss how you think you did and use your best judgment to register for classes. Once you receive your scores, you can adjust your schedule if needed. 

You may retake a course that you already earned AP or IB credit for. Choosing to utilize AP or IB scores to satisfy degree requirements is your personal choice. If you feel unsure about moving into more advanced coursework, it may make more sense to retake the course. This is especially true for Math, Chemistry, and Physics, as they are the foundation for CSE majors. It’s important to know that you cannot earn 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 don’t pass the course. An advisor will work with you during orientation to discuss your options.

You will meet with your advisor to review your AP and IB scores prior to registering. We understand that trying to choose courses might initially feel daunting. That's why you have a one-on-one meeting with your academic advisor at Orientation. We will review all of your AP and IB scores with you in order to help you make appropriate registration choices.

Take a look at the following web pages to see how AP and IB exam scores translate to credit at the University of Minnesota. Of course your advisor will be happy to explain this more in-depth during your orientation.