Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate Regulations

This information outlines the standard policies established by participating departments for students seeking credit for AP, IB, or other international exams.

Students Matriculating Fall 2018:

Additional Information for AP, IB, and Other International Exams:

  • Bowdoin's departments vary widely in how they award credit for students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other international exams.
    • Please reference the documents below for details and follow-up directly with the department/program if you have additional questions.
  • All AP, IB, or other international exam scores must be submitted to Bowdoin,
    • Before the end of the sophomore year for regularly admitted students,
    • 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.