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AP & IB Credit

If you’re an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) student, you may be eligible to receive credit for those classes. It’s a great way to save time and money during your college career. You’ll want to work closely with your admissions representative and the Office of Academic Affairs to ensure which AP or IB classes are eligible for college credit.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.


Olivet College grants advanced placement and semester hours on the basis of performance on the AP tests of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) for courses which normally would be introductory for first-year undergraduate students at the college. Generally, if students score a three, they will be granted competency; this means they do not have to take the course(s). If a student obtains competency in a course, he or she may NOT receive credit for the course if he or she chooses to enroll. Credit will be granted if students score a four or five, with the credit determination made by the Office of Academic Affairs. An official transcript from the CEEB must be received before credit for the tests can be awarded.

Please note that each academic department retains the prerogative to determine in which course(s) the competency or credit should be assigned. In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs, departments regularly review their competency and credit standards to ensure that the course(s) for which competency or credit is assigned reflect as accurately as possible the content of the AP test. Up to eight semester hours may be awarded for a single AP test. No student may accrue more than 30 semester hours through AP tests.


Students who have earned an IB diploma will be awarded 30 semester hours of Olivet College credit at the undergraduate level, effectively making them sophomores upon their matriculation to Olivet. In addition, students who take IB examinations will have the possibility of earning Olivet College credit based on their scores on the IB exams, similar to the credit acceptance policy with Advanced Placement exams. It is up to each department, in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs, to determine what scores on IB exams students will need to earn to receive credit at Olivet College. Students are still required to earn a total of 120 semester hours to graduate from Olivet College.