College Credit Earned in High School

Centre’s policies in these areas are designed to reward extraordinary achievement while at the same time supporting our belief that the best Centre College experience is a four-year experience. It is our philosophy that everything a student does prior to high school graduation is preparation for college, and all Centre students enter with exceptional academic credentials. Some of those credentials include college course work and others do not.

Consequently, we limit the amount of credit first-year students can be awarded prior to their enrollment at the College:


  • A maximum of 24 hours of pre-matriculation credits may be awarded to first-year students from all sources (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual-credit, all other college credit).
  • Credit will not be awarded for any course or examination completed prior to the start of the junior year in high school.
  • Students who legitimately exceed the 24-hour limit may choose which credits will be awarded, and may adjust his or her choices later subject to the constraints of any other College policies.
  • Regardless of credit granted, students must complete at least one general education course in residence in the following three areas: social studies, science and fundamental questions.
  • Regardless of credit granted, individual major programs have the prerogative to place students in an appropriate course, to waive lower-level requirements, and to determine equivalencies to courses in their curriculum.

Credit by Examination


Advanced Placement: Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 4 or 5 on most Advanced Placement exams. Credit for foreign language requires validation by an institutional exam. Academic programs may award additional credit and assign course equivalencies.


TestCreditEquivalency
American History3elective
Art History3ART 260 or 261
Art: Studio, drawing3elective; review of portfolio for ARS 110
Biology4elective
Chemistry4CHE 131
Computer Science3elective; may bypass CSC 117 with department approval
Economics: micro/macro3elective; ECO 110 if 4 or 5 in both
English Literature and Composition3elective §
Environmental Science3elective for 4; ENS 210 for 5
European History 3elective
French Language/Literature6*FRE 210, 220
German Language/Literature6*GER 210, 220
Government/Politics: American3elective
Government/Politics: Comparative3elective
Latin: Vergil/Cat.-Horace6*CLA 210, 220
Music Theory3MUS 110
Calculus AB3MAT 170
Calculus BC6MAT 170, 171
Physics B4PHY 110
Physics C4elective (PHY 110 if 4 or 5 in both)
Psychology4PSY 110
Spanish Language/Literature6*SPA 210, 220
Statistics3MAT 130
World History 3elective
* Pending validation by placement test.
If BC grade is <4 but AB subscore is 4 or 5, student will receive 3 hours credit equivalent to MAT 170.
Credit not given for both world history and European history.
§ AP credit in English does not automatically meet the expository writing basic skills requirement; nor does it fulfill any other general education requirement. It serves as elective credit only.

International Baccalaureate: Centre awards a minimum of three hours of credit for scores of 6 or 7 on higher-level exams. Credit for foreign language requires validation by an institutional exam and may be awarded for a grade of 5 on a higher-level exam. Grades of 5 in some other subjects are reviewed for credit by the appropriate program. Academic programs may award additional credit and assign course equivalencies.


College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Credit is not granted for CLEP exam scores.


International Exams: International exam scores are reviewed for credit on a case-by-case basis.


College (and Dual) Credit


Credit may be granted for appropriate courses appearing on a college transcript provided the course is taught in a classroom on a college campus, by a college instructor who is not also a high school instructor, in a class that includes college students who are not also high school students. These criteria must be verified in writing by a high school counselor or college official.