Credit and Exemption for High School Work

Depending on exam scores, past coursework, and educational experiences, you may be able to receive college credit or placement in higher-level KU courses. Below are approved methods of receiving credit and exemptions, along with tables that show potential outcomes based on performance.

Info on Credit and Exemption for High School Work

This table outlines credit or placement based on AP test scores per subject. KU will assign only credit, not a grade. If you have not taken the AP course in a specific subject, you may still take its exam. For more information, contact College Board.

 

SubjectAP ScoreCredit or higher placement
Art History4+3 hours, HA 100
Biology3-43 hours, BIOL 100
Biology54 hours, BIOL 150
Calculus AB3+4 hours, MATH 125
Calculus AB subscore on BC exam3+4 hours, MATH 125
Calculus BC3+4 hours, MATH 126
Chemistry35 hours, CHEM 130
Chemistry4+10 hours, CHEM 130 and 135
Chinese Language and Culture32 hours, CHIN U (individual evaluation)
Chinese Language and Culture4+5 hours, CHIN U (individual evaluation)
Comparative Government and Politics3+3 hours, POLS 150
Computer Science A3+3 hours, EECS 138
Computer Science Principles3+3 hours, EECS U
English Literature and Composition33 hours, ENGL 101
English Literature and Composition4+6 hours, ENGL 101 and 102
English Language and Composition33 hours, ENGL 101
English Language and Composition4+6 hours, ENGL 101 and 102
Environmental Science3+3 hours, EVRN 148
European History33 hours, HIST 114
European History4+6 hours, HIST 114 and 115
French Language and Culture38 hours, FREN 120 and 230, placed in FREN 240
French Language and Culture411 hours, FREN 120, 230, and 240, placed in FREN 301
French Language and Culture514 hours, FREN 120, 230, 240 and 301, placed in FREN 302 and/or 326
Germanic Language and Culture38 hours, GERM 108 and 201, placed in GERM 202
Germanic Language and Culture411 hours, GERM 108, 201, and 202, placed in GERM 301
Germanic Language and Culture514 hours, GERM 108, 201, 301, and 302, placed in GERM 401
Human Geography3+3 hours, GEOG 102
Italian Language and Culture35 hours, ITAL 110
Italian Language and Culture4+5 hours, ITAL 120
Japanese Language and Culture32 hours, JPN 104
Japanese Language and Culture4+5 hours, JPN 108
Latin3+6 hours, Language requirement satisfied
Macroeconomics3+3 hours, ECON 144
Microeconomics3+3 hours, ECON 142
Music Theory3+3 hours, MTHC 105
Physics 14+ 4 hours, PHSX 114
Physics 24+ 4 hours, PHSX 115
Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism)4+4 hours, PHSX 212 & 236
Physics C (Mechanics)4+4 hours, PHSX 211 & 216
Psychology3+3 hours, PSYC 104
Research3+3 hours, elective
(if also received a 3+ score on the Seminar test, 3 hours will be waived toward the Research Experience Program certificate)
Seminar3+3 hours, elective
(if also received a 3+ score on the Research test, 3 hours will be waived toward the Research Experience Program certificate)
Spanish Language and Culture38 hours, SPAN 108 & 212, Placed in 216
Spanish Language and Culture4+11 hours, SPAN 108, 212, & 216, Placed in Spanish 324 & 328
Spanish Literature and Culture 38 hours, SPAN 108 & 212, Placed in 216
Spanish Literature and Culture4+11 hours, SPAN 108, 212, & 216, Placed in Spanish 324 & 328
Statistics3+3 hours, MATH 365
Studio Art: 2-D Design3+3 hours, ART HT
Studio Art: 3-D Design3+3 hours, ART U
Studio Art: Drawing3+3 hours, ART U
United States Government and Politics3+3 hours, POLS 110
United States History33 hours, HIST 128
United States History4+6 hours, HIST 128 and 129
World History3+3 hours, HIST 101

This table outlines the scores needed per subject based on the level of IB exam taken: higher level (HL) or standard level (SL).

SubjectScoreLevelCredit or higher placement
Arabic B4-5SL5 hours, ARAB 120, placed in ARAB 210
Arabic B6-7SL8 hours, ARAB 120 + 210, placed in ARAB 220
Biology4-6HL4 hours, BIOL 150
Biology7HL8 hours, BIOL 150 & 152
Biology4-6SL4 hours, BIOL 100 & 102
Biology7SL4 hours, BIOL 150
Business Management4+SL, HL3 hours, BUS U
Chemistry4+HL10 hours, CHEM 130 and 135
Chemistry4+SL5 hours, CHEM 110
Classical Greek4+HL3 hours, GRK 301
Classical Greek4+SL3 hours, GRK 375, Language Satisfied
Computer Science4+HL, SL3 hours, EECS 138
Dance4+HL, SL3 hours, DANC U
Design Technology4+HL, SL3 hours, SCM U
Economics4+HL6 hours, ECON 142 & 144
Economics4+SL4 hours, ECON 104
English A4-5HL (Lang + Lit)3 hours, ENGL 101
English A6-7HL (Lang + Lit)6 hours, ENGL 101 and 102
English A4+SL (Lang + Lit)3 hours, ENGL 101
English A4-5HL (Lit)3 hours, ENGL 101
English A6-7HL (Lit)3 hours, ENGL 101 & 102
English A4+SL (Lit)3 hours, ENGL 101
Environmental Systems and Societies4+SL3 hours, EVRN 148
Film4+HL. SL3 hours, FMS 100
French A4+HL, SL (Lang + Lit)3 hours, FREN 302, placed in FREN 326
French A4+HL, SL (Lit)3 hours, FREN 326
French B4-5HL6 hours, FREN 230 & 240, placed in FREN 301
French B6-7HL9 hours, FREN 230, 240 & 301, placed in FREN 302/326
French B4-5SL5 hours, FREN 120, placed in FREN 230/234
French B6-7SL8 hours, FREN 120 & 230, placed in FREN 240
French Language ab Initio4-5SL5 hours, FREN 110, placed in FREN 120
French Language ab Initio6-7SL5 hours, FREN 120, placed in FREN 230
Geography4+HL, SL5 hours, GEOG 104 &105
German A4-5HL, SL (Lang + Lit)3 hours, GERM 302, placed in GERM 401
German A6-7HL, SL (Lang + Lit)3 hours, GERM 401, placed in GERM 402 or higher
German B4-5HL6 hours, GERM 201 & 202, placed in GERM 301
German B6-7 HL9 hours, GERM 201, 202 & 301, placed in GERM 302
German B4-5SL5 hours, GERM 108, placed in GERM 201
German B6-7SL8 hours, GERM 108 & 201, placed in GERM 202
German Language B Initio4-5SL5 hours, GERM 104, placed in GERM 108
German Language B Initio6-7SL5 hours, GERM 108, placed in GERM 201
Global Politics4+HL, SL3 hours, POLS 170
Hebrew B4-5HL8 hours, HEBR 110 & 200
Hebrew B6-7HL13 hours, HEBR 110, 120 & 210
Hebrew B4+SL5 hours, HEBR 110
Hindi B4-5SL5 hours, HNDI 120, placed in HNDI 210
Hindi B 6-7SL8 hours, HNDI 120 + 210, placed in HNDI 220
Information Technology in a Global Society4+HL, SL3 hours, GIST S
Latin4+HL3 hours, LAT 375, Language Satisfied
Latin4+SL3 hours, LAT 112
Literature and Performance4+SL (English Only)3 hours, ENGL HE
Math Further4+HL4 hours, MATH 125
Math Studies4+HL, SL3 hours, MATH U
Mathematics4+HL4 hours, MATH 125
Mathematics4+SL3 hours, MATH 101
Music4+HL, SL3 hours, MUSC 136
Non-US History4+HL3 hours, HIST HT
Non-US History4+SL3 hours, HIST H
Philosophy4+HL, SL3 hours, PHIL 140
Physics4+HL8 hours, PHSX 114 &115
Physics4+SL3 hours, PHSX 111
Psychology4+HL, SL3 hours, PSYC 104
Social and Cultural Anthropology4+HL, SL3 hours, ANTH 108
Spanish A4+ (Lang)HL, SL9 hours, SPAN 212, 216 & 322
Spanish A4+ (Lit)HL, SL9 hours, SPAN 212, 216 & 322
Spanish A4+ (Lang + Lit)HL, SL9 hours, SPAN 212, 216 & 322
Spanish B4-5HL6 hours, SPAN 212 & 216
Spanish B6-7HL9 hours, SPAN 212, 216 & 232
Spanish B4-5SL5 hours, SPAN 111
Spanish B6-7SL8 hours, SPAN 111 & 212
Spanish Language B Initio4+SL5 hours, SPAN 104
Sports, Exercise, and Health Science4+HL, SL3 hours, HSES 269
Theatre Arts4+HL, SL3 hours, THR 100
US History4-5HL3 hours, HIST 128
US History6-7HL6 hours, HIST 128 & 129
US History4+SL3 hours, HIST 128
Visual Arts4+HL, SL3 hours, ART U
World Religions4+SL3 hours, REL 104

If you've already learned the material you think would be taught in a KU course, you may take that subject’s CLEP exam, administered by KU Testing Services. Each KU school and department has different curriculum requirements and may use scores in different ways.

SubjectScoreCredit or higher placement
American Government50+3 hours, POLS 110
American Literature50+3 hours, ENGL H
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature50+3 hours, ENGL H
Biology, general50+3 hours, BIOL 100
Calculus50+4 hours, MATH 125
Chemistry, general50+5 hours, CHEM 130
College Algebra50+3 hours, MATH 101
College Composition50+3 hours, ENGL 101
College Composition ModularNANo equivalent course
College Mathematics50+3 hours, MATH U
English Literature50+3 hours, ENGL H
Financial Accounting50+3 hours, ACCT U
French Language, Level 1 & 250+3 hours, FREN 110
French Language, Level 1 & 259+6 hours, language satisfied
German Language, Level 1 & 250+3 hours, GERM 108
German Language, Level 1 & 260+6 hours, language satisfied
History of the United States 150+3 hours, HIST 128
History of the United States 250+3 hours, HIST 129
Human Growth and Development50+3 hours, ABSC SI
Information Systems50+3 hours, IST U
Introduction to Educational Psychology50+3 hours, EPSY U
Introduction to Psychology50+3 hours, PSYC 104
Introduction to Sociology50+3 hours, SOC U
Introductory Business Law50+3 hours, BLAW U
Natural Science50+3 hours, PHSX NP
Precalculus50+5 hours, MATH 104
Principles of Macroeconomics50+3 hours, ECON 144
Principles of Management50+3 hours, MGMT U
Principles of Marketing50+3 hours, MKTG U
Principles of Microeconomics50+3 hours, ECON 142
Social Sciences & History50+3 hours, Social Science Elective
Spanish Levels 1 and 241-49Placement in SPAN 212 
Spanish Levels 1 and 250+5 hours, SPAN 108
Spanish with Writing Level 150+5 hours SPAN 108, Placement in SPAN 212
Spanish with Writing Level 250+11 hours SPAN 108, SPAN 212, SPAN 216, Placement in SPAN 322
Western Civilization 150+3 hours, HUM HT
Western Civilization 250+3 hours, HUM HT

If you have experience in a foreign language but no prior college or university course credits, you may be eligible for retroactive credits for completing a course at KU with a grade of C- or better. After successful completion of that course, you will receive additional credit hours as reflected in the table below. (Retroactive credits are not automatically posted on your KU transcript. You must apply for them through the department offering the language.)

To begin the process, take a placement exam to determine proper course placement. Initial placement is based on actual ability in the language rather than years of high school study. You can currently earn credits in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. For other languages, contact the individual department.

KU Course CompletedCredit
3rd Semester Course3 hours
4th Semester Course6 hours
5th Semester Course9 hours

The University of Kansas has six educational goals for all students, called the KU Core, meant to help develop a broad background of knowledge. Each goal has at least one "learning outcome," which can be met by a variety of KU courses, educational experiences, or the exemptions listed below.

The University of Kansas has six educational goals for all students, called the KU Core, meant to help develop a broad background of knowledge. Each goal has at least one "learning outcome," which can be met by a variety of KU courses, educational experiences, or the exemptions listed below.

Quantitative Literacy

KU Core Goal 1, Learning Outcome 2

ExemptionScoreCompletion Status
ACT Mathematics Score26 +Complete
SAT Mathematics Score620+Complete
International Baccalaureate6+Complete
Math Placement Exam3+Complete

For students who do not have prior college credit in mathematics courses, initial placement is determined by Math ACT or SAT score. If you believe you should start in a more advanced math course, you can take the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKSPPL) Math assessment. It is recommended to take the exam at least two days prior to your Orientation date.

Written Communication

KU Core Goal 2, Learning Outcome 1

ExemptionScoreCompletion Status
ACT English or Verbal Score27 +1 of 2 Complete
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing650+1 of 2 Complete
Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam31 of 2 Complete
Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam4+Complete
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam31 of 2 Complete
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam4+Complete
International Baccalaureate51 of 2 Complete
International Baccalaureate6+Complete

Oral Communication

KU Core Goal 2, Learning Outcome 2

ExemptionScoreCompletion Status
Two semesters of high school speech or debateGrade of B or higherComplete

To earn this exemption, contact the Department of Communication Studies.

Culture and Diversity

KU Core Goal 4, Learning Outcome 2

International students who have

  • begun their studies at KU with a nonimmigrant visa (visa categories A, B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R, or TN)
  • met the KU English Proficiency Requirement, and
  • completed one semester of full-time study in a degree program at KU