Undergraduate Admissions

Advance Credit (AP, IB, CLEP)

Getting a Head Start 2020-2021

Using your AP, IB, PSEO and CLEP credits at St.Cloud State University

Getting a head start on college

You can save time and money: Using AP, IB, PSEO, and CLEP at SCSU

There are a number of ways for students to earn college-level credits in high school. They offer opportunities for ambitious students to move quickly into more advanced levels of study, and to receive baccalaureate credit upon entering college.

St. Cloud State University participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) program, International Baccalaureate (IB) program, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and accepts credits earned through the Minnesota Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program.

 

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

St. Cloud State University is a formal participant in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. The Advanced Placement Program provides for college level work during the high school years. Credit is awarded to any student enrolled at St. Cloud State University who provides evidence of earning a score of three (3) or higher on an advanced placement examination.

AP Subjects and SCSU Equivalents

AP Subject Course AP
Score
Credit SCSU Equivalent
Art Art History 3-5 6 ART LEP G6 & ART Elective Studio
Art Drawing 3-5 6 ART LEP G6 & ART Elective
Studio Art 2-D Design 3-5 6 ART LEP G6 & ART Elective
Studio Art 3-D Design 3-5 6 ART LEP G6 & ART Elective
Biology Biology 3 6 BIOL LEP G3 & BIOL Elective 4-5 8 BIOL 151 & 152
Chemistry Chemistry 3 4 CHEM 160
4 8 CHEM 160 & CHEM 210
5 12 CHEM 160, CHEM 210 & CHEM 211
Chinese Chinese Language & Culture 3-5 11 LC 101, 102, 110
Computer Science Computer Science A 3-5 3 CSCI 200
Computer Science AB 3-5 6 CSCI 200 & CSCI 262
Comp. Science Principles 3-5 3 CSCIT Elective
Economics Macroeconomics 3-5 3 ECON 205
Microeconomics 3-5 3 ECON 206
English English Language & Composition 3 6 ENGL LEP G6 & ENGL 100 4-5 7 ENGL 191 & ENGL 184
English Literature & Composition 3 6 ENGL 184 & ENGL 100
4-5 7 ENGL 191 & ENGL 184
Environmental Science Environmental Science 3-5 3 ETS 260
French French Language & Literature 3 10 FREN 201, FREN 202, FREN 220
4 13 FREN 201, FREN 202, FREN 220, FREN 301
5 16 FREN 201, FREN 202, FREN 220, FREN 301, FREN 302
German German Language & Literature 3 10 GER 201, GER 202, GER 220
4 13 GER 201, GER 202, GER 220, GER 301
5 16 GER 201, GER 202, GER 220, GER 301, GER302
Government & Politics Comparative Government 3-5 3 LEP G5
Government & Politics 3-5 3 POL 111
History United States History 3-5 6 HIST 140 & HIST 141
World History 3-5 6 HIST LEP G5 & HIST Elective
European History 3-5 6 HIST LEP G5 & HIST Elective Human Geography Human Geography ‘3-5 3 GEOG 270
Italian Italian Language & Culture 3-5 18 LC 101, LC 102, LC 201, LC 202, LC 250 or LC G6
Japanese Japanese Language & Culture 3-5 16 JPN 101, JPN 102, JPN 201,JPN 202
Latin Latin Vergil or Literature 3-5 3 Humanities LEP G6
Mathematics Calculus AB 3 8 MATH 115 & 211
4-5 9 MATH 115 & 221
Calculus BC 3 9 MATH 221 & 115
4-5 13 MATH 221, 222 & 115
Music Music Theory 3-5 6 MUSM 101 & MUSM Elective
Physics Physics 1: Alg-based 3-5 4 PHYS 231
Physics 2:  Alg-based 3-5 4 PHYS 232
Physics C-Electricity & Mag. 3-5 3 PHYS 235
Physics C-Mechanics 3-5 3 PHYS 234
Psychology Psychology 3-5 3 PSY 115
Spanish Spanish Language and Culture 3 4 SPAN 201
4 10 SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 222
5 13 SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 222, SPAN 310
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 10 SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 222
4 13 SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 222, SPAN 310
5 16 SPAN 201, SPAN 202, SPAN 222, SPAN 310, SPAN 345
Statistics Statistics 3 3 STAT 193
4-5 3 STAT 239

SCSU grants three credits for each score of three or higher on qualifying exams. (Specific courses may award more.) If the equivalent class at SCSU is more than three credits, the student has completed the course requirement, but is not granted additional credit.

LEP - Liberal Education Program

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students who complete an IB diploma shall be granted six (6) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB examinations and two (2) lower division course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB examination.

Students who complete individual Higher Level IB examinations shall receive three (3) or more course credits for scores of 4 or higher on individual Higher Level IB examinations.

Students who complete individual Standard level examinations shall receive two (2) or more credits for scores of 4 or higher on individual Standard Level IB examinations.

IB Subjects and SCSU Equivalents

IB Subject IB Grade Credits SCSU Equivalent
Arts (HL) 4 or above 3-6 ART LEP G6
Biology (HL) 4 or above 3-6 BIOL LEP G3or see department
Business Management (HL) 4 or above 3-6 MKTG 100
Chemistry (HL) 4 or above 3-6 CHEM LEP G3 or see department
Classical Languages (HL) 4 or above 3-6 Humanities LEP G6
Computer Science (HL) 4 or above 3-6 CSCI 169
Economics (HL) 4 or above 3-6 ECON 201
English (HL) 4 or above 3-6 Humanities LEP G6
English: Lang and Lit (HL) 4 or above 3 LEP G6
Foreign Languages (HL) 4 or above 3-6 LEP G6 or G8
Geography (HL) 4 or above 3-6 GEOG LEP G5
German: Literature (HL) 4 or above 3 LEP G8
Global Politics 4 or above 3-6 University Elective
History (HL) 4 or above 3-6 HIST LEP G5
Info Tech Global (HL) 4 or above 3-6 University Elective
Language B (HL) 4 or above 3 German 101
Mathematics (HL) 4 or above 3-6 MATH 105
Further Mathematics (HL) 4 or above 3-6 University Elective
Music (HL) 4 or above 3-6 MUSM 100
Philosophy (HL) 4 or above 3-6 PHIL 194
Physics (HL) 4 or above 3-6 PHYS LEP G3 or see department
Psychology (HL) 4 or above 3-6 PSY 115
Sociology Cultural Anth. (HL) 4 or above 3-6 ANTH 150
World Cultures (HL) 4 or above 3 University Elective

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) at SCSU

The College Level Examination is a nationwide service made available to colleges and universities bythe College Board in Princeton, N.J. Every month examinations are given at various locations throughout the United States. St. Cloud State University will grant credit for scores at or above the 50th percentile.

CLEP Subjects and Examinations and SCSU Equivalents

CLEP Subject Examinations Accepted Score Credits SCSU Equivalent
Accounting, Principles of 50 6 University Elective
Business Law, Introductory 50 3 University Elective
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 CSCI 169
Management, Principles of 50 3 University Elective
Marketing, Principles of 50 3 University Elective
American Literature 50 6 ENGL184&ENGL
T**
Alternates: ENGL 201 or ENGL G6
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 6 ENGL184&ENGL T**
Alternates: ENGL 201 or ENGL G6
English Composition with Essay 50 6 ENGL 100
English Composition without essay 50 6 ENGL 100
English Literature 50 6 ENGL 184 plus 3 cr. Univ. El.
Alternates: ENGL 201
College Composition 50 4 ENGL 191
College Composition Modular 50 3 University Elective
Humanities 50 6 ENGL 184 & Univ. El.
Alternates: ENGL 201 or ENGL G6
French Language, Level 1 50 6 FREN 101 & 102
French Language, Level 2 62 12 FREN 101, 102 & 201
German Language, Level 1 50 6 GER 101 & 102
German Language, Level 2 63 12 GER 101, 102 & 201
Spanish Language, Level 1 50 6 SPAN 101 & 102
Spanish Language, Level 2 66 12 SPAN 101, 102, & 201
American Government 50 3 POL 111
Educational Psychology, Introduction to 50 3 University Elective
History of the US I: Early Colon. to 1877 50 3 HIST 140
History of the US II: 1865 to Present 50 3 HIST 141
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSY 240
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECON 205
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 3 ECON 206
Psychology, Introductory 50 3 PSY 115
Alternate: CPSY 101
Social Sciences and History 50 6 SSCI LEP G5 plus University Elective
Sociology, Introductory 50 3 SOC 160
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST LEP G5
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 3 HIST LEP G5
Biology 50 6 BIOL LEP G3 plus University Elective
Calculus 50 6 MATH 221 plus University Elective
Chemistry 50 6 CHEM 160 plus University Elective
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 112
College Mathematics 50 6 MATH 193 plus University Elective
Natural Sciences 50 6 NSCI LEP G3 plus 3 cr. Univ. Elec.
Precalculus 50 5 MATH 115
Financial Accounting 50 3 University Elective

 

The Minnesota Post Secondary Education Act

The Minnesota Post Secondary Education Act (PSEOA) enables students enrolled in Minnesota Public Schools to enroll in college classes during their junior and senior years. These classes are paid for by the student’s home school district, and must be approved by high school officials. Interested students should begin by talking with their high school guidance counselors to assure that they meet requirements and that classes will satisfy graduation requirements. Juniors must be in the top third of their high school class; seniors in the top half. Test scores may also be accepted for admission. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further details. SCSU accepts PSEO credits earned at other institutions with a grade of “C” or higher. Admissions to the PSEO program does not constitute admission to the university as a degree-seeking student, so those planning to continue at SCSU should follow regular freshman application procedures during their senior year. All completed coursework will become a part of a student’s college transcript and may be used to satisfy appropriate requirements. SCSU admits both full-and part-time PSEO students.