Advanced Placement and International Exam Regulations

This information outlines the standard policies established by participating departments for students matriculating in Fall 2016.

Students should consult the Academic Handbook for each department's official rules regarding AP and IB credit.


Individual academic departments at Bowdoin vary widely in how they award credit for students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other international exams. 

All AP, IB, or other international exam scores must be submitted to Bowdoin before the end of the sophomore year for regularly admitted students or by the end of the first semester for transfer students. Students who choose to take the Bowdoin course that is equivalent to the AP/IB exam (noted “Equivalent Course” in the following charts) will forfeit the related AP/IB credit. AP/IB credit will not meet a distribution or division requirement, even if the Bowdoin course equivalent does.   

Students may apply a maximum of four course credits toward their Bowdoin degree from the following sources: Advanced Placement Program, International Baccalaureate Program, other approved International exams, and college credits earned from other institutions prior to matriculation.

Advanced Placement Regulations

International Baccalaureate Regulations

Other International Examination Regulations

If you matriculated at Bowdoin prior to Fall 2015, please select your rules from the dropdown below.