Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate

Advanced placement and college credit may be granted to entering students who perform satisfactorily on one of the following:

  • College Board Advanced Placement Examinations
  • College Level Examination Program® (CLEP),
  • American College Testing/PEP examination,
  • Other proficiency tests that have been approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs and the chair of the department.
  • Examination for a course.  (If a  student believes that he/she has sufficiient knowledge based on previous experience, training, and background, he/she may petition the department chair to be given a suitable examiniation for the course desired.)

York College also recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The College awards one course credit in each subject for high level examination scores of five or higher.

Advanced Placement

AP Equivalencies for students matriculated prior to the Fall 2015
AP Equivalencies effective Fall 2015

The following regulations apply to students who earn credit and/or advanced standing:

  • The department chair or the student may initiate procedures resulting in credit or advanced standing for a course.

  • College credit will be granted to entering freshmen who earn scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the individual subject tests of the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations.

  • Courses for which credit and/or advanced placement has been granted will be noted on the transcript and will represent credit for, or a waiver of, a specific course, whichever is appropriate.

  • The maximum number of credits which any one person may earn by advanced placement and/or credit by examination is 60 for the Baccalaureate Degree and 30 for the Associate Degree.

  • The department chair and Dean of Academic Affairs will determine what is a satisfactory score on performance tests used by the College other than the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, College Level Examination Program, and the American College Testing/PEP examinations.

International Baccalaureate credit

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1068 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a demanding pre-university course of study designed for highly motivated high school students. The program was designed to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. International educators believed that students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view (

The Diploma Program for students ages 16 to 19 is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study, leading to examinations that demand the best from motivated students and teachers. It is widely recognized for its high academic standards.

  • The two-year curriculum is rigorous and intellectually coherent, encouraging critical thinking through the study of a wide range of subjects in the traditional academic disciplines while encouraging an international perspective.
  • Beyond completing college-level courses and examinations, Diploma Programme students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.
  • The two-year course of study leads to final examinations in six subject areas and a qualification widely recognized by the world's leading colleges and universities.

York College recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The College awards one course credit in each subject area for higher level examination scores of five or higher.