Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

To receive advanced placement credit

Students who wish to receive course credit for AP exam scores should request that an official grade report transcript of their AP exam scores be sent to WMU. Once the scores have been evaluated, students are notified of their placement by email. 

Test scores and official transcripts can be sent to: 

WMU Admissions
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5211
admissions-transcripts@wmich.edu 

College Code

WMU’s college code is 1902.

  • To learn more about requesting official AP scores, visit College Board or call toll-free at (888) 225-5427.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT credit

For credit eligibility, WMU requires a minimum score of 3 for most exams; however, there are some that require a minimum score of 4 or 5. Please review the table below carefully. 

The following table lists Advanced Placement (AP) score requirements, along with the equivalent course(s) awarded for each exam.  This information is subject to change without notice. 

Exam Required
Score
  Credit Award   Semester
Hours
Art History 3 to 5   ART 2200   3
Biology 3 to 5   BIOS 1600   3
Calculus AB 3 to 5   MATH 1220   4
Calculus BC  3 to 5   MATH 1220, 1230   8
Chemistry   3 to 4   CHEM 1100, 1110    4
 5   CHEM 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130   8
Chinese Language and Culture   3   CHIN 1000, 1010  
 4 to 5   Departmental recommendation  
Computer Science A 3 to 5   CS 1110   
Computer Science AB   3 to 4    CS 1110   
  CS 1110 (if not awarded above), 1120   
Computer Science Principles 3 to 5    CS 1106   
Economics: Macro 3 to 5   ECON 2020   3
Economics: Micro 3 to 5   ECON 2010   3
English Language Composition 3 to 5   ENGL 1050 (Composition)   4
English Literature and Composition 3   ENGL 1050 (Composition)   4
4 to 5   ENGL 1050 or ENGL 1100 (Literature) with college-level writing exemption   4
Environmental Science 3 to 5   GEOS 1290, 1440   4
European History 4 to 5   HIST 1010   3
French (Language or Literature) 3   FREN 1000, 1010   8
4 to 5   Departmental recommendation   8
 German   GER 1000, 1010   
4 to 5   Departmental recommendation   8
Government and Politics: Comparative 3 to 5   PSCI 2400   3
Government and Politics: United States 3 to 5   PSCI 2000   3
Human Geography 3 to 5   GEOG 2050   3
Italian Language and Culture 3   ITAL 1000, 1010   8
4 to 5   Departmental recommendation   8
Japanese Language and Culture 3   JPNS 1000, 1010   8
4 to 5   Departmental recommendation   8
Latin (Literature or Vergil)   LAT 1000, 1010   
4 to 5   Departmental recommendation   8
Music: Non-Aural 5   MUS 1600   3
Music: Aural 5   MUS 1620   1
Music Theory 4 to 5   MUS 1590   2
Physics 1 3 to 5   PHYS 1070, 1080, 1130, 1140   10
Physics 2 3 to 5   PHYS 1150, 1160   5
Physics B 4 to 5   PHYS 1130, 1140, 1150, 1160   10
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 4 to 5   PHYS 2070, 2080   5
Physics C: Mechanics 4 to 5   PHYS 2050, 2060   5
Psychology 3 to 5   PSY 1000   3
Spanish (Language or Literature) 3 to 4   SPAN 2000   4
5   SPAN 2000, 2010   8
Statistics 3 to 5   STAT 1600   3
Studio Art (Drawing, 2D, or 3D Design) 3 to 5   Departmental recommendation   3
U.S. History 4 to 5   HIST 2100, 2110   6
World History 4 to 5   HIST 3030   3

AP credit awarding process

AP credits are not applied to a student’s record until after the start of their first semester at WMU. Students entering in the fall semester can expect to have their credits applied by mid-October. Students entering in the spring semester can expect to have their credits applied by mid-March.

Grade reports received after the semester begins will be evaluated and credit applied as appropriate before the registration opens for the proceeding semester. 

Academic advising

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss anticipated AP credit before registering for classes. Advisors, prior to credit being granted, can view evaluated scores. 

Departmental recommendation

Students should meet with the appropriate department(s) to determine departmental credit eligibility. The department will determine the specific course credit and forward the decision to the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to contact the department(s) upon arrival to the University. 

English credit

Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the English Literature and Composition examination will have a choice of course credit at WMU. Students will be emailed a form that allows them to choose which course for which they want credit but they are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor first to determine which course best meets the needs of their academic program.