Students who wish to receive advanced credit may not take courses at Barnard that cover similar or more basic material than the advanced work already completed, nor may a student receive credit for two exams that cover the same material. Credit for college courses taken, AP or IB results or other foreign exams will typically not be awarded until after matriculation. The following should provide some guidance for what to expect. In the case of transfer students, a preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation is provided with an offer of admission.
Enrolling students may not receive Barnard credit for any college courses taken in high school if the credits have already been counted toward the high school diploma. Up to 15 points of Barnard credit may be awarded for courses taken as a non-matriculated student at an accredited college in the United States, during the academic year. Such work will be evaluated the completion of one semester (at least 12 credits) at Barnard. Courses must have been given by a college professor on a college campus and have been open to college students. Summer school courses must follow the above criteria and must meet for at least 35 hours over at least five weeks.
Barnard students may be granted as much as a year of degree credit (normally 30 points) for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate. Students need to score at least a 4 on the AP exam to earn credit and/or exemptions from requirements (some exams may require a 5). Students who have received an International Baccalaureate diploma may receive credit for the number of points indicated on the diploma, up to a maximum of 30 points. For students who have taken IB courses, but do not have the diploma, credit is generally awarded for higher level IB scores of 6 or 7. (The maximum credit a student may earn is 30 points for AP plus IB credit.)
The equivalent of one year of Barnard credit is normally granted for students who complete the French Baccalaureate, the German Arbitur or the Italian Maturità. We may grant similar credit for the Israeli Bagrut. Credit is granted at the end of the first year. Each GCE A-level or A2-level grade is individually evaluated for college credit. No credit is given for O-level or AS-level examinations. Credit is granted at the end of the first year at Barnard College. Credit for other national exams or diplomas will be evaluated for college credit upon matriculation.