Advanced Credit & Placement

The First Year of Studies processes all credit and placement you may receive based on standardized test scores or on your performance on Notre Dame placement examinations, as well as any transfer credit you might receive for college-level work completed at other institutions. The other University schools and colleges, and their departments, however, in coordination with the First Year of Studies, determine what credit or placement will be awarded based on prior work and/or examination results. Approved credit is awarded by the Dean of the First Year of Studies and is entered on the official transcript maintained in the Registrar’s Office.

Entering first-year students may earn placement and credit by examination in four ways:

  • The Advanced Placement (AP) Tests
  • The International Baccalaureate (IB) HL Exams
  • The SAT II Subject Tests for French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • The Notre Dame Examination Program

It is also possible to receive credit for college courses completed at other institutions.

If you earn credit, you may apply it toward required or elective courses only if the college program that you select permits it. If your credit is not applicable in that particular program, it will be recorded on your transcript, but it represents credit in excess of college requirements. Credit by examination is not counted as required or elective credit if the number of the course for which credit is awarded is lower than the initial course required in a particular college program.

All documentation submitted for credit must be presented to your First Year advisor no later than the end of your first semester on campus.