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Transfer Credit Policy

 

​​​​​​​​​​​Advance Placement/Dual Enrollment

The College participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.  Students who demonstrate superior performance in the Advanced Placement Examination (a score of 4 or 5) will be awarded Advanced Placement credit.  See the Advanced Placement Equivalency Chart for more specific information concerning the placement of AP courses within the academic program.

Providence College recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB), an internationally recognized curriculum and examination program.  Of the two IB examination levels (Higher Level and Standard Level), the College recognizes the Higher Level examinations where a score of 5,6, or 7 has been achieved.  Each successfully passed examination in the Higher Level of the IB program will earn three credits.  Official documentation of each successfully completed examination with the conditions noted must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to a student's matriculation at the College.

Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses at accredited institutions should submit an official college transcript to the Office of Admission by June 1.  Credit for dual enrollment courses is ordinarily not awarded for courses required for high school graduation.  Providence College will only accept courses for credit which were taught on a college campus and/or by a full-time college instructor.  Students who wish to obtain academic credit for dual enrollment courses should plan to meet with the dean of undergraduate studies during their first semester at Providence College.

Students who are granted Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or dual enrollment credit are still required to complete the College's full-time, eight-semester requirement. 

​For Class of 2015

AP Exam​Score​PC Equivalent*​
Art History​4 or 5​ARH 106 (approved for art history major, fine arts core requirements, or free elective)​
Studio Art​4 or 5​Fine arts core, subject to department review for art majors​
Biology​4 o​r 5​Natural Science Core Group II or free elective​
Calculus AB or BC​4 or 5​MTH 109 or MTH 131 (also approved for MTH core)​
Chemistry​4 or 5​Natural Science Core Group I or free elective​
Computer Science​4 or 5​Free elective​
Macroeconomics​4 or 5​Free elective​
Microeconomics​4 or 5​Free elective ​
English Language & Composition​4 or 5​English proficiency & free elective​
English Literature & Composition​4 or 5​English proficiency & free elective​
Environmental Science*​4 or 5​Free elective​
European History​4 or 5​Social science core or free elective. One history elective or free elective**​
French Language or Literature​4 or 5​Free elective​
German Language​4 or 5​Free elective​
Government & Politics U.S.​4 or 5​Social science core or free elective​. One political science elective or social science core
Comparative Government & Politics​4 or 5​Social science core or free elective. ​One political science elective or social science core
Latin-Lit​4 or 5​Free elective​
Latin-Vergil​4 or 5​Free elective ​
Music Theory​4 or 5​MUS 111 & lab or free elective​
Physics (B or C exam)​4 or 5​Natural Science Core Group I or free elective​
Psychology​4 or 5​PSY 100 (approved for major & social science core requirements or free elective) ​
Sociology​4 or 5​One sociology elective, one social science core, or free elective​
Spanish Language or Literature​4 or 5​Free elective ​
Statistics​4 or 5​Free elective ​
U.S. H​​​istory**​4 or 5​Social science core or free elective ​

* Free electives count toward degree requirements but are not applicable to major/minor/core requirements without approval.

**History majors who earn a score of "4" or "5" on the AP U.S. History or European History exams should refer to the history section of this publication for additional information.

NOTE: AP credits may be removed for students who earn credits in similar or repeat courses at Providence College. 

For Classes of 2016 and Beyond

​Advanced Placement Exam
​Score​Providence College Equivalent
​Art History​4 or 5​ARH 106 (Fine Arts core) or Free Elective
​Biology​4 or 5​Standard Natural Science core or Free Elective
​Calculus AB​4 or 5​MTH 131 (Quantitative Reasoning core)
Calculus BC
​4 or 5​MTH 131 (Quantitative Reasoning core)
​Chemistry​4 or 5​Standard Natural Science core or Free Elective
​Computer Science​4 or 5​CSC 103
​English Language & Composition​4Free Elective
​5​Free Elective satisfying the Intensive Writing I Proficiency
​English Literature & Composition​4​Free Elective
​5​Free Elective satisfying the Intensive Writing I Proficiency
​Environmental Science​4 or 5​Standard Natural Science core or Free Elective
​European History​4​Free Elective
​5​European History elective or Free Elective
​French Language & Culture​4 or 5​FRN 104
​German Language & Culture​4 or 5​GER 104
​Government & Politics: United States​4​Free Elective
​5​Political Science elective or Free Elective
​Government & Politics: Comparative​4​Free Elective
​5​Political Science elective or Free Elective
​Human Geography​4 or 5​Free Elective
​Italian Language & Culture​4 or 5​ITA 104
​Latin - Vergil​4​LAT 201
​5​LAT 202
​Macroeconomics​4 or 5​ECN 102 (Social Science core)
​Microeconomics​4 or 5​ECN 101 (Social Science core)
​Music Theory​4 or 5​MSC 201 & MSC 201L
​Physics B​4 or 5​Physics-Based Natural Science core or Free Elective
​Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism​4 or 5​Physics-Based Natural Science core or Free Elective
​Physics C - Mechanics​4 or 5​Physics-Based Natural Science core or Free Elective
​Psychology​4 or 5​PSY 100 (Social Science core)
​Spanish Language​4 or 5​SPN 104
​Spanish Literature​4 or 5​SPN 104
​Statistics​4 or 5​Free Elective
​Studio Art - Drawing​4 or 5​Fine Arts core or Free Elective or ART 111*
​*portfolio subject to department review for Studio Art Majors
​Studio Art - 2D Design​4 or 5​Fine Arts core or Free Elective or ART 101*
​*portfolio subject to department review for Studio Art Majors
​Studio Art - 3D Design​4 or 5​Fine Arts core or Free Elective or ART 102*
*portfolio subject to department review for Studio Art Majors
​United States History​4​Free Elective
​5​U.S. History elective or Free Elective
​World History​4​Free Elective
​5​Non-Western History elective or Free Elective

**Free electives count toward degree requirements but are not applicable to major/minor/core requirements without approval.

***NOTE: AP Credits may be removed for students who earn credits in similar or repeat courses at Providence College.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Chart

Providence College recognizes the following Higher Level examinations:

International Baccalaureate Exam​Score​​Providence College Course Equivalent
​Biology5, 6, or 7​Standard Natural Science core or Free Elective​
​Business & Management ​5, 6, or 7Free Elective​
​Che​mistry5, 6, or 7​Standard Natural Science core​
​Dance​5, 6, or 7​​Fine Arts core or Free Elective
​English A: Lang & Lit
​5Free Elective​

6 or 7​Free Elective satisfying the Intensive Writing I proficiency​
​English A: Literature5​Free Elective​
​6 or 7​Free Elective satisfying the Intensive Writing I proficiency​
​English A15​Free Elective​
​6 or 7Free Elective satisfying the Intensive Writing I proficiency​​
​Film​5, 6, or 7​​Fine Arts core or Free Elective
​French A25, 6, or 7​​FRN 210​
French B​5, 6, or 7​​FRN 104​
​History Americas​5, 6, or 7​​Free Elective
​History of Asia/Oceania​5, 6, or 7​​Free Elective
History Europe​5, 6, or 7​​Free Elective​
​Mathematics5, 6, or 7​​Free Elective satisfying the Quantitative Reasoning core​
​Music5, 6, or 7​​Syllabus Required for Review​
​Physics ​5, 6, or 7​​EPS 105 (Physics-Based Natural Science core)
​Portuguese A25, 6, or 7​​Free Elective​
​Psychology5, 6, or 7​​PSY 100 (Social Science core)​
​Spanish A25, 6, or 7​​SPN 104​
​Spanish B5, 6, or 7​​SPN 104​
​Visual Arts5, 6, or 7​​Fine Arts core or Free Elective or with portfolio review​
​may be applicable for Major/Minor credit

Transfer Credit

Ordinarily, the College accepts transfer credits for courses taken at another accredited institution in which students have earned grades of "C" or better.  It is the College's policy to accept credits, but not grades.  Only grades earned at Providence College (including the School of Continuing Education) are computed in the student's grade point average.

Credits earned at other institutions through summer school or intersession courses may be approved only for the purpose of rectifying deficiencies in credit hours earned or to fulfill specific program requirements as authorized, not for the purpose of accelerating the advancement of graduation class year status.

In all instances, prior approval must be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  An official transcript from the accredited institution must be forwarded to the Office of Enrollment Services.