Incoming freshman and transfers students may be eligible for advanced standing at Suffolk. Credits may be transferred if certain criteria are met, as dictated below.
For dates, deadlines, and to apply, please visit our Application Information page.
All courses taken at a college and university are considered for transfer credit.
Generally speaking, transfer credit is considered for courses equivalent to or similar in content to courses offered at Suffolk University. Credit is awarded based on a variety of criteria.
Suffolk University awards credit for most advanced placement examinations where a score of 3, 4, or 5 is awarded. This chart outlines the required scores and equivalencies effective Fall 2019
|Exam||Score||Credit||Suffolk University Equivalent|
|ART HISTORY||4,5||4||HUMT HREQ|
|BIOLOGY||4,5||4||BIO 111, L111|
|CALCULUS AB||4,5||4||MATH 165|
|CALCULUS BC||4,5||8||MATH 165, MATH 166|
|CHEMISTRY||4,5||6||CHEM 111, CHEM 112|
|CHINESE LANGUAGE||4||4||CHIN 201|
|CHINESE LANGUAGE||5||4||CHIN 202, ELECTIVE|
|COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS||3,4,5||4||GVT 281|
|COMPUTER SCIENCE A||3,4,5||4||COMP SCI ELECTIVE|
|COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES||3,4,5||4||COMP SCI ELECTIVE|
|ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION||4||4||WRI 101|
|ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION||5||8||WRI 101, WRI 102|
|ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION||4,5||4||ENG 130|
|ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE||3,4,5||3||SCI ELECTIVE|
|EUROPEAN HISTORY||4,5||8||HST 101, HST 102|
|FRENCH LANGUAGE||4||4||FR 201|
|FRENCH LANGUAGE||5||8||FR 202, ELECTIVE|
|GERMAN LANGUAGE||4||4||GER 201|
|GERMAN LANGUAGE||5||8||GER 202, ELECTIVE|
|HUMAN GEOGRAPHY||3,4,5||4||FREE ELECTIVE|
|ITALIAN LANGUAGE||4||4||FREE ELECTIVE|
|ITALIAN LANGUAGE||5||8||FREE ELECTIVES|
|JAPANESE LANGUAGE||4||4||FREE ELECTIVE|
|JAPANESE LANGUAGE||5||8||FREE ELECTIVES|
|MUSIC THEORY||3,4,5||4||FREE ELECTIVE|
|PHYSICS 1||3,4,5||3||PHYS 111|
|PHYSICS 2||3,4,5||3||PHYS 112|
|PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM||3,4,5||3||PHYS 152|
|PHYSICS C: MECHANICS||3,4,5||3||PHYS 151|
|SPANISH LANGUAGE||4||4||SPAN 201|
|SPANISH LANGUAGE||5||4||SPAN 202, ELECTIVE|
|SPANISH LITERATURE||4,5||4||SPAN 290|
|STUDIO ART 2D DESIGN||4||3||FREE ELECTIVE|
|STUDIO ART 2D DESIGN||5||3||ADFS 166|
|STUDIO ART 3D DESIGN||4,5||3||ADFS 152|
|STUDIO ART DRAWING||4,5||3||ADFS 101|
|US GOVERNMENT & POLITICS||3,4,5||4||GVT 110|
|US HISTORY||4,5||8||HST 181, HST 182|
|WORLD HISTORY||4,5||8||HST 121, HST 122|
Students who have completed the full IB diploma with a total of 28 points or more are eligible for sophomore standing. Students who earn fewer than 28 points may be eligible to receive University credit for a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 in the higher level subjects.
Four semester hours may be awarded, with a coefficient of 4, for courses completed with a grade of 11 or higher. Eight semester hours may be awarded, with a coefficient of 5, for courses completed with a grade of 11 or higher.
Credit may be awarded for subjects with grades of C or higher.
Students who have subjects with passes of 7 or higher may be eligible for credit.
Credit may be awarded for subjects with a grade of 6 or higher.
Undergraduate applicants who have completed military courses should have an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) sent to Suffolk University for review by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Transfer credit will be considered for courses which have American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations and will apply to the curriculum at Suffolk. If you are approved for credit, a transfer credit evaluation will be available on the applicant portal.
A maximum of 32 semester hours of credit may be awarded for CLEP examinations. Of these 32 credits, a maximum of 16 semester hours may be general examinations, and a maximum of 16 semester hours may be subject examinations. The minimum CLEP score required to receive credit is at the 50th percentile.
CLEP tests taken prior to initial enrollment are reviewed by the Admission Office. CLEP tests taken by current Suffolk University students are reviewed by the Registrar’s Office. For current Suffolk University students, CLEP will not be awarded in the senior year and must be taken prior to your last 30 hours at the University.
The Center for Learning and Academic Success offers CLEP tests to both Suffolk and non-Suffolk students.
|CLEP Examination||Semester Hours||Suffolk Equivalent|
|American Government||4||Gvt 110|
|American Literature||8||Eng 217 & Eng 218|
|Analyzing & Interpreting Literature||8||Free Electives|
|Biology||6*||Bio 101 & Bio 102|
|Chemistry||6*||Chem 111 & Chem 112|
|College Algebra||4||Math 104|
|College Mathematics||8||Math 130 & Math Elective|
|College Composition||8||Wri 101 & Wri 102|
|English Literature||8||Eng 213 + Eng 214|
|History of the United States I||4||Hst 181|
|Intro to Educational Psychology||4||Educ 202|
|Intro to Macroeconomics||4||Econ 102|
|Intro to Microeconomics||4||Econ 101|
|Introductory Psychology||4||Psych 114|
|Introductory Sociology||4||Soc 113|
|Social Sciences & History||8||Free Electives|
|*These CLEP exams do not include credit for labs.|