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Advanced Placement and Transfer Credits

Gallatin may award advanced standing credit for standardized tests such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Maturity Certificate Examinations, and also for college courses taken while the student was in high school. Please see below for limitations and a full explanation regarding each type of credit.

For students who entered Gallatin in the summer of 2009 or later, advanced standing credit will not be automatically posted to the NYU transcript upon admission. Instead, at the end of the sophomore year, and after consulting with their adviser, students may elect to post these advanced standing credits.

The total number of advanced standing credits a student may receive cannot exceed 32.

Once a student elects to post advanced standing credits on the NYU transcript, they will become a part of the permanent academic record and cannot be removed.

Advanced standing credit will count toward the total earned credits for graduation and may accelerate the student's time to graduation. Students should consider both the academic and financial effect of applying advanced standing credit. Since the IAPC, rationale and colloquium deadlines may come sooner than originally expected as the result of applying advanced standing credits, students should consult their class adviser before submitting this form. If students are receiving financial aid, be aware that they may not be eligible for aid in excess of 128 credits. For more information about financial aid and advanced standing credit, contact Gallatin's Office of Student Services (212-998-7378, studentservices.gallatin@nyu.edu)

Students who have general questions about advanced standing credit should consult their class adviser. Students who need contact information about their class adviser should contact the Gallatin Office of Academic Advising at (212-998-7320).

Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

  • NYU awards credit for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations for scores of 4 and 5 on most examinations. The examinations, scores, and corresponding credits are listed on the AP Course Equivalency Chart.
  • AP credits are applied as elective credit only, and therefore will not satisfy any Gallatin liberal arts requirement. However, such courses can be used to serve as a prerequisite for more advanced courses directly upon matriculation.
  • NYU designates courses that are equivalent to most AP subjects as listed on the AP Course Equivalency Chart. A student may not receive credit for BOTH the AP Examination and the equivalent NYU course. If the student has already taken the NYU course, no credit will be granted for the AP Examination. If the student receives credit for an AP Examination, and then takes the equivalent course, the student will lose credit for the AP Examination.
  • Most medical schools and graduate health programs require that students complete the entire pre-med sequence of undergraduate courses even if they have AP scores that would exempt them from some courses. A pre-med student should therefore take General Chemistry I, for example, even if the student has credits from AP Chemistry. Please be aware that this means that a student will not receive the AP credit or will lose the AP credit of the student has taken the course. For more information AP credit and the pre-med sequence, please contact the College of Arts & Science Preprofessional Center (Phone:(212) 998-8160, email: prehealth@nyu.edu).
  • Students wanting to apply AP credit should verify that their scores have been received by NYU by inquiring at Gallatin's Office of Student Services (1 Washington Place, 8th floor—Students must show their NYU ID card.).
  • If the student's scores have not yet been sent to NYU, the student should contact the College Entrance Examination Board directly (toll-free number is 888-225-5427) and request that an official copy of the AP scores be sent to New York University Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • To request the posting of AP credit on a transcript, complete the Advanced Placement Credits Request form.

College Courses Completed While in High School

NYU considers the transfer of credit for college courses completed while in high school if:

  • the course work is in addition to the requirements for high school graduation (these courses should not appear on the high school transcript).
  • the student received a grade of "B" (not "B-") or better in the courses.
  • the courses are equivalent to courses offered at NYU
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joseph Pisano.

Other important issues to note

  • College courses may be used to satisfy Gallatin's foundation requirements.
  • Students wanting to receive credit for college courses completed while in high school should verify that their college transcripts have been received by NYU by inquiring at Gallatin's Office of Student Services (1 Washington Place, 8th floor—Students must show their NYU ID card.).
  • If the student's official college transcript has not been received by NYU, the student should request to have the official college transcript (not the high school transcript) sent to:

Attn: Joseph Pisano
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1 Washington Place, 8th floor
New York, NY 10003

To request the posting of this type of credit on a transcript, complete the College Credit in High School form.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits

  • NYU considers advanced standing credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) only for the higher level examinations and only for those examinations passed with grades of 6 or 7.
  • IB credits are applied as elective credit only, and therefore will not satisfy any Gallatin liberal arts requirement. However, such courses can be used to serve as a prerequisite for more advanced courses directly upon matriculation.
  • NYU designates courses that are equivalent to most IB subjects as listed on the IB Course Equivalency Chart. A student may not receive credit for BOTH the IB Examination and the equivalent NYU course. If the student has already taken the NYU course, no credit will be granted for the IB Examination. If the student receives credit for an IB Examination, and then takes the equivalent course, the student will lose credit for the IB Examination.
  • Students wanting to receive IB credit should verify that their scores have been received by NYU by inquiring at Gallatin's Office of Student Services (1 Washington Place, 8th floor—Students must show their NYU ID card.).
  • To request the posting of IB credit, complete the Request for International Baccalaureate (IB)-Maturity Certificate Exam Credit form.

Maturity Certificate Examinations

  • NYU considers advanced standing credit for the results of certain foreign maturity certificate examinations, i.e., British "A" levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Italian Maturità, and the Federal Swiss Maturity Certificate.
  • Maturity certificate examination credits are applied as elective credit only, and therefore will not satisfy any Gallatin liberal arts requirement. However, such courses can be used to serve as a prerequisite for more advanced courses directly upon matriculation.
  • NYU designates courses that are equivalent to most A-Level subjects as listed on the A-Level Course Equivalency Chart. A student may not receive credit for BOTH the A-Level Examination and the equivalent NYU course. If the student has already taken the NYU course, no credit will be granted for the A-Level Examination. If the student receives credit for an A-Level Examination, and then takes the equivalent course, the student will lose credit for the A-Level Examination.
  • Students wanting to receive credit for maturity certificate exams should verify that their scores have been received by NYU by inquiring at Gallatin's Office of Student Services (1 Washington Place, 8th floor—Students must show their NYU ID card.).
  • To request the posting of credit for maturity certificate exams, complete the International Baccalaureate (IB)-Maturity Certificate Exam Credit form.

 

Transfer Credits

Undergraduate students may apply a maximum of 64 transfer units toward the Gallatin degree. Included in this maximum are:

  • all units earned prior to admission to Gallatin from test/exam credit (e.g. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Maturity Exam Certificate, etc.) and courses taken at other accredited universities or colleges
  • any pre-approved non-NYU courses taken while enrolled in the Gallatin BA Program
  • any units granted for course equivalency

 

Please note the following:

  • No credit will be given for courses graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis
  • For undergraduate students, only grades equivalent to "C" or higher will be accepted for transfer
  • The amount of transfer credit will be based on the number of credits or points earned at the external institution, as well as the length of that institution's academic term
  • Course titles will not necessarily appear on the student's NYU transcript
  • Grades for these courses will not appear on the NYU transcript nor will they be computed into the student's NYU grade point average
     

Students who have transferred to Gallatin should consult with Joshua Shirkey about the posting of their pre-Gallatin course credits to their academic records.