The university offers capable students who have superior preparation an opportunity for advanced placement and/or college credit. Many secondary schools, in association with the College Board, offer college-level work. Students participating in these courses should sit for the Advanced Placement Tests offered by the College Board.
Entering first-year students that request the College Board to send their Advanced Placement Test scores to Lehigh are considered for advanced placement.
Some departments noted below offer examinations during Freshman Orientation to students who studied college-level subjects in secondary school but did not sit for the Advanced Placement Tests. Entering first-year students wishing to sit for an examination in any Lehigh course should notify the Office of the First-Year Experience via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by the date given on the First-Year Student Portal. The student should specify the number and title of the course. Students who receive credit on the basis of Advanced Placement Test grades need not sit for the Lehigh tests to confirm the credit granted.
Current practice at Lehigh is as follows:
Art, Architecture and Design
Eight credit hours for ART 001 and ART 002 are granted to students who earn a grade of 5. Three credit hours for Art Elective in Art History are granted for those students who earn a grade of 4. Those students who earn grades of 5 on the Advanced Placement Studio Art Examination receive four credit hours for ART 003.
Four credit hours for BIOS 001 Biology For Non-Majors, given to those who earn grades of 4 or 5.
Four credit hours for CHM 030 are granted to students who earn a grade of 5 on the Advanced Chemistry Placement test.
Students will receive two credit hours of Economics Elective for a score of 4 or 5 on the microeconomics or macroeconomics exam. Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on both the microeconomics and macroeconomics exams will receive four credits for ECO 001 and two credits of Economics Elective and satisfy the College of Business and Economics degree requirements.
Students who earn a score of 5 on one of the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in English (either in English Language and Composition or in English Literature and Composition) or who achieve a score of 750 or higher on the writing section of the SAT receive six hours of Lehigh credit for freshman English (and exemption from the requirement). Students who receive a score of 4 on either of the Advanced Placements Tests in English or who have a score of 700-749 on the writing section of the SAT or a score of 5 on the IB High Level Examination will receive three hours of credit in freshman English; these students must complete the six-hour requirement by taking an English course ENGL 011. No credit is awarded for ACT scores.
Government and Politics
Four credits for POLS 001 are awarded to those students that score a 4 or 5 on the American Government test, and four credits for POLS 003 are awarded to those that score a 4 or 5 on the Comparative Politics exam
Students earning a grade of 5 in the American History Advanced Placement examination will receive four credits of History elective for use as Social Science credit. Students earning a grade of 5 in the European History and the World History exam will receive four credits of History elective for use as Social Science credit.
Students receive four semester hours of credit for a grade of 4 or 5 in the Virgil examination; those who successfully write in more than one area (e.g. Virgil and lyric poetry) receive eight hours of credit. Credit will be awarded for LAT 099 Latin Elective. Students receiving credit for Latin and who wish to continue their study of Latin must consult with the Director for proper placement.
Four semester hours of credit for MATH 021, Calculus I, are granted to those who earn grades of 4 or higher on the Calculus AB examination. To those who earn a grade of 4 or higher on the Calculus BC examination, eight hours of credit are granted for MATH 021 and MATH 022, Calculus I and II. Credit for MATH 021 and MATH 022 or both may also be earned by passing the examination offered by the Mathematics Department during Freshman Orientation. Students regardless of whether they have taken the advanced placement examination may take this examination or not.
Modern Languages and Literature
Students receive four semester hours of credit at the intermediate level I for grades of 4, and eight hours of credit at the intermediate level I & II for grades of 5 on the advanced placement tests. Those who write the SAT II subject tests and score 600 to 699 receive four hours of credit; 700 and above receive eight hours of credit. The maximum number of credits given is eight. Those students receiving grades of 4 or higher on the Spanish literature examination will receive four credits for SPAN 151.
Two credit hours of Music elective are given to those students who earn a grade of 5 on the Advanced Placement test in Music, Listening/Literature of Music: Theory. Students wishing to pursue theory at Lehigh must still take a placement exam.
Five hours of credit are given for PHY 011, PHY 012, for a score of 5 on the "Physics 1: Algebra-Based" examination (or, “Physics B” examination, for those who took the exam prior to 2015) or a score of 4 or higher on the "Physics C: Mechanics" examination. If a student receives this advanced placement credit for PHY 011 , five hours of credit will additionally be given for PHY 021, PHY 022, for a score of 4 or higher on the "Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism" examination. Alternatively, Anticipatory Exams for PHY 011 and PHY 021 are offered to incoming students during Freshman Orientation.
Four credit hours of PSYC 001 are granted to students who earn a grade 4 or 5.
Students scoring a 4 or 5 will receive four credits; for MATH 012 if enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences or the College of Engineering & Applied Science, or three credits for ECO 045 if enrolled in the College of Business & Economics.
Students who earn the international baccalaureate may be granted credit in higher-level or advanced subjects with scores of 5 or better or “B” or better. All students will have their credentials evaluated on an individual basis for specific course equivalency. Lehigh must receive the Official IB transcript before credit will be assigned.