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Skidmore College
Office of the Registrar

Advanced Placement (AP) Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, the International Baccalaureate Program (IB), and other testing programs may not count toward all-college requirements.  The following departments award credit toward the major: Art, Art History, Economics, History, and Mathematics. Please consult their specific section of the Catalog for details.

Four credit hours with a maximum of 16 will be awarded toward graduation for each of the following:

  • A grade of 4 or 5 on for each Advanced Placement Test of the College Entrance Examination Board.
  • A grade of C or better for each examination taken at the Advanced (“A”) Level of the British General Certificate of Education.
  • A score of 5, 6, or 7 for each Higher Level Examination in the International Baccalaureate Program.
  • A score of 10-15 for each German Abitur Examination

A maximum of 12 semester hours of credit may be granted through subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). All such examinations presented must be taken prior to enrollment at Skidmore.

The college will also grant 2 semester hours of credit for each examination taken at the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level of the BGCE on which the student received a grade of C or better.

An official transcript must be received before AP credits can be added. If an official transcript has not yet been sent, please contact:

AP Exams
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: 888-CALL-4-AP (888-225-5427)

Transferring Credit from Other Institutions

Newly enrolled students who have completed work at other post secondary institutions before enrolling at Skidmore must have complete official transcripts from those institutions sent to the College.

The Office of the Registrar will post all credits evaluated and approved as applicable toward the Skidmore degree.

Once the approval process is completed, Paula Puckett (Assistant Registrar for Records) will contact students via email (or postal mail if non-electronic communications were requested). If needed, you may contact her at

The following policies apply:

  1. A maximum of 60 semester hours can be awarded in transfer credit.
  2. Credit is given for courses which have been successfully completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
  3. Students transferring from an institution on the semester hour system will receive the amount of credit per course awarded by that institution. When the institution is not on a semester system, the Registrar's Office will equate the unit of credit to semester hours, e.g. 1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hour.
  4. Courses are evaluated on an individual basis, and determination is made as to whether each course has a Skidmore equivalent. If a specific Skidmore course equivalency cannot be determined, the course may be categorized as "department electives" or "general electives". The department chairpersons may provide approval for courses to be counted toward completion of major/minor requirements. 
  5. Students who complete course work at non-accredited institutions and who wish to have this work reviewed for credit must provide an official statement of attendance with full description of the work completed. Credit will be awarded upon recommendation of the appropriate department and approval of the Committee on Academic Standing. Please note: courses in technical or professional areas are usually not transferable.
  6. The Transfer Credit Policy may be viewed in full by clicking on the following link Transfer Credit Policy.