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Advising Handbook

International Baccalaureate

Students who have completed one or more higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in disciplines offered at the University of Rochester may be eligible for transfer credit or advanced placement. No credit is granted for standard level exams.

Such course credit can be used toward meeting degree requirements when permitted by the major or minor department. IB credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the primary writing requirement or toward any of the College’s clusters.  Additionally, IB credit cannot be used to accelerate graduation beyond what is permitted by the College’s enrollment policy.

To request an official transcript, visit the IB transcripts page.

Note: With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Rochester does not intend to make any changes in our evaluation of this year's test results.

The chart below is for higher-level exam scores only.

Social Anthropology6+Award credit for ANT 101 after completion of any other course with a grade of C or better.
Biology6+Award four credits of elective biology. Not for major. (Eligible to enroll in BIO 112/113.)
Chemistry6+Award credit for CHM 131. Place into CHM 132. Eligible to apply for CHM 171.
Computer Science5+Place into CSC 172. Credit will be awarded for CSC 171.
Economics4Place into ECO 207. No credit awarded.
5+Place into ECO 207. Award credit for ECO 108.
English6+Award four hours of elective English credit, not for major, after completion of an English literature course with a grade of C or better.
Geography5+Award credit for EES 101.
Global Politics5+Award four credit hours of elective credit in international relations. Can be used toward a major in international relations or political science.
History6+Award maximum of four hours of history elective credit. This credit is elective and may not be used to satisfy the geographical, chronological, or focus requirements for the major.
Latin5+Award credit for LAT 102.
Mathematics4+Place into MTH 162. Award credit for MTH 161 after completion of MTH 162 with a grade of C or better.
MusicPlease contact the department for credit to be awarded or placement.
Philosophy5+Award credit for PHL 101.
Physics7Place into PHY 114 or PHY 122. Award credit for PHY 113 or PHY 121 after completion of PHY 114, or PHY 122 with a grade of B- or better.
Psychology6+Award credit for PSY 101.
Spanish5Placement by Department into SP 152. Award credit for SP 151 upon completion of SP 152 with a grade of "B+" or better.
6+Placement by Department into SP 200. Award credit for SP 151 and SP 152 upon completion of SP 200 with a grade of "B+" or better.
Theatre Arts6+Award four hours of elective English credit, not for major.
Visual Arts6+Award maximum of four hours in studio arts upon completion of a 100-level course with a grade of B or better.