Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

USF awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Please have your official results sent directly from the College Board to the University of San Francisco.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Advanced Placement Exam Minimum Score Total Credits USF Course
Art History 3 8 Visual and Performing Arts Core
Art: Studio Drawing 3 8 elective
Art: Studio General 3 8 elective
Art: 2D Design 3 8 elective
Art: 3D Design 3 8 elective
Biology* 4 8 BIOL 100 and 103
Chemistry 4 8 CHEM 111 and 113
Chinese Language and Culture 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Computer Science A 3 4 CS 110
Computer Science AB 3 8 CS 110 and 112
Computer Science Principles 4 4 CS 107
Economics, Micro 3 4 ECON 111
Economics, Macro 3 4 ECON 112
English Language and Composition 4 8 elective
English Literature and Composition 3 8 Literature Core
Environmental Science 3 4 Science Core
European History** 4 4 HIST 110
French Language 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Government & Politics, U.S. 3 4 Level to be determined by department
Government & Politics, Comparative 3 4 Level to be determined by department
German Language 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Human Geography 3 4 elective
Italian Language and Culture 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Japanese Language and Culture 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Latin 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Math: Calculus AB 4 4 MATH 109
Math: Calculus BC 4 8 MATH 109 and 110
Math: Calculus AB Subgrade 4 4 MATH 109
Music: Listening and Literature 3 8 elective
Music: Theory 3 8 elective
Physics B 3 8 PHYS 100 and 101
Physics C - Mech 3 4 PHYS 110
Physics C - E&M 3 4 PHYS 210
Physics 1 3 4 PHYS 100
Physics 2 3 4 PHYS 101
Psychology 4 4 PSYC 101
Spanish Language 3 8 Level to be determined by department
Spanish Literature 3 8 Core Literature
Statistics 3 4 MATH 101
US History** 4 4 US History Core and HIST 120
World History** 4 4 HIST 220

*Students who score 5 on the Advancement Placement Test in Biology can petition the Biology Chair to receive credit for BIOL 105-General Biology I (4 credits) and BIOL 106-General Biology II (4 credits) in place of credit for BIOL 100 and BIOL 103.
**The History Department accepts up to 8 units of AP History credits to count toward the major.

International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations (IBHL)

USF awards 10 semester credits for each IB Higher Level examination result of 4 or higher. Please note that we do not award credit for IBHL English B. You are not required to complete the IB Diploma in order to receive IB credit.

USF does not award credits for IB Standard Level examination results.

International Baccalaureate Higher Level Credits

International Baccalaureate Exam Minimum Score Required Total Credits USF Course
Art Design 4 10 Elective
Art History 4 10 Visual and Performing Arts Core
Biology 4 10 Applied or Laboratory Science Core
Business Management 4 10 Elective
Chemistry 4 10 Applied or Laboratory Science Core
Computer Science A 4 10 Math or Quantitative Science Core
Computer Science AB 4 10 Math or Quantitative Science Core
Design Tech 4 10 Elective
Economics 4 10 Social Sciences Core
English A: Literature 4 10 Literature Core
English A: Lang and Literature 4 10 Elective
Film 4 10 Visual and Performing Arts
Geography 4 10 Elective
History/African 4 10 History Core
History/American 4 10 History Core
History/European 4 10 History Core
History-Asia/Middle East 4 10 History Core
Language: Arabic A 4 10 Elective
Language: Arabic B 4 10 Elective
Language: Chinese A 4 10 Elective
Language: Chinese B 4 10 Elective
Language: Dutch A 4 10 Elective
Language: Dutch B 4 10 Elective
Language: Mandarin A 4 10 Elective
Language: Mandarin B 4 10 Elective
Language: French A 4 10 Elective
Language: French B 4 10 Elective
Language: German A 4 10 Elective
Language: German B 4 10 Elective
Language: Italian A 4 10 Elective
Language: Italian B 4 10 Elective
Language: Japanese A 4 10 Elective
Language: Japanese B 4 10 Elective
Language: Korean A 4 10 Elective
Language: Korean B 4 10 Elective
Language: Russian A 4 10 Elective
Language: Russian B 4 10 Elective
Language: Spanish A 4 10 Elective
Language: Spanish B 4 10 Elective
Language: Thai A 4 10 Elective
Language: Thai B 4 10 Elective
Mathematics 4 10 Math or Quantitative Science Core
Music 4 10 Elective
Philosophy 4 10 Philosophy Core
Physics 4 10 Applied or Laboratory Science Core
Psychology 5 10 PSYC 101
Social Anthropology 4 10 Social Sciences Core
Theatre Arts 4 10 Visual and Performing Arts Core
Visual Arts 4 10 Visual and Performing Arts Core

College Credit Earned During High School

If you have completed college courses while in high school, we generally grant credit if you receive a grade of "C-" or better in the course(s), the courses were taken at a regionally accredited college or university, and the credit is reflected on the college or university’s transcript. The college or university must email the transcript to appservices@usfca.edu or mail the transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
University of San Francisco
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San Francisco, CA 94117

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

USF awards credit for scores of 50 or higher on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. If you’ve already been awarded credit for a course from a different exam, you will not receive additional credit from the CLEP exam.

The chart below shows either the equivalent USF Core Curriculum Area or general elective that a CLEP exam fulfills. Credits awarded are subject to review and change.

CLEP Examinations

CLEP Examination Minimum Score USF Credits Core Curriculum Area
American Government 50 3 Social Science
American Literature 50 3 Literature
Biology 50 6 Science
Introductory Business Law 50 3 General Elective
Calculus 50 4 Math
Chemistry 50 6 Science
College Composition Modular (no essay) 50 3 General Elective
College Composition (w/ essay) 50 6 General Elective
College Mathematics 50 6 General Elective
Introduction to Education Psychology 50 3 Science
English Literature (w/ or without essay) 50 3 Literature
Financial Accounting 50 3 General Elective
French Language Level 1 50 6 2nd Semester Foreign Language
French Language Level 2 63 12 4th Semester Foreign Language
German Language Level 1 50 6 2nd Semester Foreign Language
German Language Level 2 63 12 4th Semester Foreign Language
History of the United States I (Early Colonization to 1877) 50 3 History
History of the United States II (1865 to the Present) 50 3 History
Human Growth and Development 50 3 Social Science
Humanities 50 3 Literature or Visual/Performing Arts
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 General Elective
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 3 Literature
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 Social Science
Principles of Management 50 3 General Elective
Principles of Marketing 50 3 General Elective
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 Social Science
Natural Sciences 50 6 Science
Pre-Calculus 50 3 Math
Introductory Psychology 50 3 Social Science
Social Sciences & History 50 6 History & Social Science
Introductory Sociology 50 3 Social Science
Spanish Language Level 1 50 6 2nd Semester Foreign Language
Spanish Language Level 2 63 12 4th Semester Foreign Language
Western Civilization I (Ancient Near East to 1648) 50 3 History
Western Civilization II (1648 to the Present) 50 3 History
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