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Credit By Exam


Susquehanna recognizes exceptional high school achievement by awarding class exemptions and/or college credit to those who do well on Advanced Placement (AP) tests offered by the College Board. You may be eligible for academic credit and/or exemption from entry-level courses at Susquehanna. The appropriate academic department will review your AP score, examination essay and academic record to determine placement and/or credit. In general, departments award credit for scores of 4 and 5.


Some academic departments at Susquehanna also grant credit toward graduation for both the General and the Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Normally, a CLEP score at or above the 50th percentile receives the equivalent of four semester hours of course credit. The university also awards credit for achievement in the testing program of the U.S. Armed Forces Institute (USAFI).


The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is an internationally recognized two-year, comprehensive curriculum. The program is available to students between 16 and 19 years of age at numerous secondary schools in the United States, Canada and other countries.

Susquehanna recognizes the intellectual rigor, high academic standards and emphases on international understanding and responsible citizenship of the IB program. International Baccalaureate diploma recipients who gain admission may receive up to 32 semester hours and the equivalent of sophomore standing in the university. They may also receive credit for up to two courses in each subject area for which a higher-level examination score of five or more has been achieved, subject to final confirmation by the appropriate university department. Credit for a higher-level examination score of four is awarded at the discretion of the appropriate university department. No credit is awarded for subsidiary level examinations.

Placement Testing

If you have strong skills in mathematics, a foreign language or computer science, you may be exempted from university Central Curriculum requirements in these areas by taking placement tests, which are held on campus during the summer. Students who earn exemption or credit through examination for a specific course may not subsequently enroll in and receive credit for the same course. They also may not enroll in any lower-level course in the same department without the permission of the department head. Further information on exemption and placement examinations is available by contacting the Office of the Registrar by e-mail or phone at 570-372-4109.

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