Advanced Credits

Incoming freshman and transfers students may be eligible for advanced standing at Suffolk. Credits may be transferred if certain criteria are met, such as for Advanced Placement courses (AP Credits) as dictated below.

For dates, deadlines, and to apply, please visit our Application Information page.

Options for Advanced Credits

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.

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 3,4,5 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
5
4
8
WRI 101
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
LATIN 4,5 4 FREE ELECTIVE
MACROECONOMICS 3,4,5 3 EC 102
MICROECONOMICS 3,4,5 3 EC 101
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
PSYCHOLOGY 4,5 4 PSYCH 114
SPANISH LANGUAGE 4 4 SPAN 201
SPANISH LANGUAGE 5 4 SPAN 202, ELECTIVE
SPANISH LITERATURE 4,5 4 SPAN 290
STATISTICS 4,5 4 STATS 250
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
Calculus 4 Math 165
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
Humanities 8 Free Elective
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.