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Pre-Matriculation Credit

Pre-matriculation credit may be awarded for college-level work completed before a student has matriculated at Vassar. The category of college level work is a broad one that includes:

Exams such as the Advanced Placement exams (APs) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Vassar also recognizes GCE/Cambridge Advanced Level examinations (A Levels), the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). A maximum of 4.0 units of exam-based pre-matriculation credit will be awarded.

College or university courses completed while a student was attending high school. Students may not apply for transfer credit for these courses until after they matriculate and are active students at Vassar. A maximum of 8.0 units of credit will be awarded for college or university courses taken before enrolling at Vassar.

A total of 8.0 units of pre-matriculation credit of any type will be awarded. This can consist of 8.0 units of transfer credit from college courses taken prior to matriculation, or some combination of transfer credits and exam-based credits. However, no more than 4.0 units of exam-based credit can count towards the total of 8.0 units.

Any questions about pre-matriculation credit should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Studies (845-437-7553).

Exam-based Pre-Matriculation Credit

Credit for College Work Done Prior to Matriculation at Vassar

Although many colleges and secondary schools offer programs in which students may earn credit toward a college degree, not all of these programs meet Vassar’s criteria for transfer. College courses taken while a student is still attending secondary school must be taught on a college or university campus with other undergraduate students and taught by a qualified college teacher. Programs in which college instructors teach the course at the secondary school will not be considered for transfer credit. Credit for these courses cannot be transferred into Vassar if they are granted high school credit or used to fulfill any high school graduation requirements.  

Students may not apply for transfer credit for these courses until after they matriculate and are active students at Vassar. The minimum grade required for any course to be eligible for transfer credit is C.

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Exam-based Pre-Matriculation Credit

AP Credit

If you have taken CEEB Advanced Placement examinations, you may be eligible for college credit. Your advanced placement score(s) must be sent directly to the Office of the Dean of First-Year Students from Advanced Placement Services, Box 6671, Princeton, N.J. 08541-6671 (telephone 609-771- 7300). All scores should be sent within the first month of your first year.

The general policy: Students will receive 1.0 unit of pre-matriculation transfer credit for every score of 4 or 5, subject to the maximum of 4.0 units of exam-based pre-matriculation credit. Admission into higher level courses on the basis of AP credit is at the discretion of the individual department.

Please refer to the Departments of Instruction and Multidisciplinary Programs section of this handbook for department specific AP information.

Note: Scores will not appear on the transcript for Advanced Placement credit, only the department, exam name, and units transferred.

The following departments offer exams for credit for those students who do not receive AP credit: Italian, Mathematics, Music, and Russian Studies. Please contact the department for information on the scheduling of their exam.

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International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Program is described as a “demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations; it is designed for highly motivated secondary school students and incorporates the best elements of national systems without being based on any one.” Scores achieved for the Higher Level examinations are eligible for pre-matriculation transfer credit. Students who achieve a score of 5, 6, or 7 on an IB exam will receive 1.0 unit of transfer credit, subject to the maximum of 4.0 units of exam- based pre-matriculation credit.

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Other International Exams

Entering first-year students who have taken A-level examinations, the French Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, or the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) should consult the Office of the Dean of Studies in September to discuss the possibility of transfer credit.

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