College credit in high school


Students can receive college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. This examination must be taken prior to starting college. A complete list of our recognized AP subject exams with required scores can be found in the course catalog. Students who receive the required score will receive four credits and an “S” grade (satisfactory).   


The University of St. Thomas also recognizes International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. With the exception of foreign language, the examinations must be at the higher level. Ordinarily, a score of 4 will give the student four credits toward graduation. The specific courses for which credit would be awarded is determined by the appropriate academic department. For further information, see the course catalog.


Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS), or any other college-level coursework completed while in high school may also be reviewed by St. Thomas. Students must submit an official transcript from the college or university granting the credit. Generally, the University of St. Thomas accepts liberal arts courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university if the final grade was a C- or higher. Courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are equivalent to any of our core curriculum requirements or a student’s major field requirements. If there is no direct match to a class required in either of these two areas, the class will transfer in as elective. Use our Transfer Credit Tool for an unofficial credit evaluation.


The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) was conceived to serve post-secondary students who have acquired certain kinds of knowledge without formal educational channels. Students must take CLEP examinations before or during the first semester of college work to receive credit at St. Thomas. For more information, see our course catalog or the CLEP website.