Advanced Placement & College Credit

You can find a complete description of Lehigh University's Advanced Placement policy in the Lehigh University Catalog. For your convenience, we review here some highlights of that policy and the policy for transfer of college credit.


Current policies for the Class of 2028:



AP Exam Scores

If you have taken or plan to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations, be sure to have the scores sent to Lehigh University (code 002365).

Do not wait

to receive your results before having them sent to Lehigh. A delay in reporting will result in delayed placement and course registration. Reporting a 'low' score will not be to your disadvantage.

Anticipatory Exams

You may be eligible to take a Lehigh anticipatory exam during the orientation period.

  • In order to take an anticipatory exam, you must meet criteria (e.g., achievement test scores, previous college level courses) established by individual departments.
  • Anticipatory exams are available only for courses numbered less than 100, and not all courses and departments permit credit by this type of examination.
  • No examinations are available in English or foreign languages.

If you want to take an anticipatory exam, you must notify the Office of the First-Year Experience by emailing by the deadline. The email must indicate the title and number of each Lehigh course for which you want an exam (refer to the catalog for course titles and numbers). The Office of the First-Year Experience will notify you if the exams you request are available. Please be advised that this is a declining practice at Lehigh. Unless you have advanced placement or transfer credit, in most cases it is to your advantage to take the Lehigh course.

College Credit for Courses Taken While in High School

If, during your senior year, you are studying a college course at another institution, you may be able to have credit transferred to your Lehigh degree program. The student is responsible for ensuring that all necessary documents are provided, and all credit must be evaluated within one year of the student's matriculation at Lehigh University. All questions regarding college credit for courses taken while in high school should be directed to the Office of the Registrar (

International Baccalaureate

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.

Other Transfer Credit

  • Courses must be taken at an institution that is accredited by one of the six regional associations.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in order for course credit to transfer to Lehigh. 
  • No credit will be granted for continuing education units courses, correspondence, independent study, or any course less than 5 weeks and/or 15 contact hours per credit without the advanced approval of a petition to the Standing of Students Committee.
  • No credit will be granted for a course in which the student has already received credit for its equivalent at Lehigh.