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Academic Information

Canisius College Core Curriculum
College-Level Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
College Coursework in High School
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit


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College-Level Credit

All credit and course equivalency information on this page is provided solely as a tool to be utilized while planning schedules.

All official documentation must be sent as indicated to either the Office of Student Records & Registration or the Student Advisement Center.  College credit will only be awarded after an official score report or transcript has been received for each course/exam in question.

Students and advisors should not plan courses assuming that credit will be granted when a grade or score has not yet been received.  Unofficial score reports may temporarily be used for planning purposes but will not be officially evaluated for credit.  If a grade or score report is not available at the time of advisement, students will be placed in entry-level courses.  Schedules will be modified after OFFICIAL score reports are received and reviewed by College officials.

Once transfer credits have been evaluated, students should receive a Transfer Equivalency Worksheet by mail from the Office of Student Records & Registration verifying transfer credits accepted by Canisius College.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

The following AP score requirements and course equivalencies are in effect for the 2013-2014 academic year. This information is provided solely for planning purposes and may be changed by Canisius College at any time. View the AP Equivalency Table.

In order for AP exam scores to be considered for college credit, an official score report must be sent from The College Board to the Director of the Student Advisement Center.  If you need to request an official score report for Canisius, please contact The College Board at 1-888-CALL-4AP or apexams@ets.org and reference Canisius' School Code: 2073.  

If a score report is not available at the time of course scheduling, students will be placed in entry-level courses. Schedules can be changed as long as official score reports are received before the end of the DROP/ADD period. College credit will not be granted until official scores are received and evaluated by the Director of Student Advisement.  For more information about AP courses and college credit, contact the Student Advisement Center.

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College Coursework in High School

If you took college-level courses offered by or at another college while in high school:

  • An official transcript must be sent to the Office of Student Records & Registration at Canisius College.  A high school transcript is insufficient.
  • Students may have to request an official transcript in writing from the other institution (there may be a small fee for this service).
  • Once an official transcript is received by Canisius, it will be evaluated and credit will be awarded if a grade of "C-" or higher has been achieved.

If you took college-level courses offered by Canisius College while you were in high school:

  • You may receive free elective, Core Curriculum or Major requirement credit for these courses, provided that you achieve a grade of "C-" or higher.

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College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit

Students applying for admission or presently in attendance may obtain credit for previously completed examinations sponsored by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB).

The minimum acceptable grades for these exams are "Pass" for exams graded Pass/Fail, "C" for exams with letter grades, and 50 on exams graded on a standard score scale of 20 to 80. View the CLEP Equivalency Table


Credit is not awarded for the CLEP general examinations.

Credit in appropriate subject area exams is granted by the Office of Student Records & Registration after the student has matriculated at the College. Please note that not all CLEP exams are acceptable as transfer credits. Credits to be used in fulfilling departmental major requirements must first be approved in writing by the department chair.

Matriculated students should plan to complete all their coursework at the College. Permission for matriculating students to take CLEP exams to fulfill degree requirements must be requested from the appropriate associate dean and will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

IB Diplomas should be mailed to the Office of Student Records & Registration for evaluation and credit attribution. View the International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Equivalency Table.

  • This information is provided solely for planning purposes and may be changed by Canisius College at any time.  Credit is only assigned after OFFICIAL documents have been received by the Office of Student Records & Registration:


Canisius College grants academic credit for only higher level (HL) IB exams with a minimum grade of five (5).  A student who has earned the IB Diploma will be awarded a maximum of 30 credit hours and will have individual HL diploma exams evaluated as transfer credit to be applied toward major, core curriculum, or elective course requirements. Major credit will be determined in consul­tation with department chairs. Students will not receive additional credit for AP exams that duplicate credit awarded for the IB exams.

If a student does not attain the IB Diploma but presents individual Higher Level examinations with scores of 5 or above, he/she will receive 3-6 credits per examination (depending on the Canisius College course equivalency) up to a total of 30 credits. These credits may be applied toward major, core curriculum, or elective course requirements. Major credit will be determined in consulta­tion with department chairs. 

Credit for subsidiary exams will not be awarded. Official IB exam scores should be sent directly to the Office of Student Records, who will consult with the Director of Academic Advisement or the major program or department as needed.