Advanced Credit & Placement

Your advisor will work with you to make sure that you take the appropriate courses based on your previous experience.

Students may earn credit by examination in four ways:

  • Advanced Placement Tests (AP)

  • International Baccalaureate HL Exams (IB)

  • SAT II Subject Tests for French, German, Italian, and Spanish

  • Notre Dame Mathematics Credit Exam

Credit by examination cannot be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements. You must take at least one college course for each of the categories of the Core Curriculum, as well as two semesters of the Moreau First Year Experience. In some cases, credit by examination can be used to satisfy college or major requirements or for placement.

Life science and pre-health majors cannot use AP or IB credit for biology, chemistry, or physics courses and must take these courses at Notre Dame. Students in these majors can use credit by examination for calculus.

Credit by examination will appear on your transcript. In most cases, these credits will count towards the total number of credit hours you need to graduate even if they do not satisfy any specific requirements. If you have credit by examination for a course but take the equivalent course at Notre Dame, only the credit from the Notre Dame course will count towards your total credit hours. For instance, if you receive a 5 on the AP Chemistry exam but take CHEM 10171 in your first semester as required by your major, your AP Chemistry credit will not count towards your total credit hours.

In some cases, students who took college courses in person on a college campus after their junior year of high school can apply to receive pre-matriculation transfer credit. Click here for more information.