Allegheny accepts transfer credit from other collegiate institutions provided the work satisfies our transfer criteria. Transfer credit is limited; students must complete a minimum of 64 credits through Allegheny to be eligible to graduate. First-time freshman may transfer in a maximum of 32 credits of coursework completed prior to matriculation. This includes credit by examination (AP etc.; see next paragraph), college-level courses offered at high schools through accredited colleges and universities, and qualifying coursework taken at an accredited college or university. Please see also the complete transfer policy from the Academic Bulletin for more information. Current students are strongly encouraged to have possible courses pre-approved for transfer before enrolling in another institution.
Credit by Examination: Students may receive a maximum of 20 credits at Allegheny by participating in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the Educational Testing Service, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs prior to matriculating at Allegheny. Students who receive scores of 4 or 5 on an AP examination will receive academic credit. Placement is determined by the appropriate academic department. AP credit is awarded only after we receive the official examination scores from the Educational Testing Service. Our most recent AP policy and exam equivalents are available here.
Individuals who perform well on certain CLEP tests may receive both credit and placement, usually at the first-year or sophomore levels. Departments, in consultation with the Office of the Dean of the College, periodically establish which credits may be earned by standardized testing. Students who score five or better on the higher examinations of the IB testing programs may be granted credit and placement by some departments.