CWRU | First Year

Complete checklist items for transfer courses and AP, IB and A-level exams by June 1

passfailIncoming first-year students may be eligible to earn credit at CWRU through Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, British A-Level exams, and other foreign credentials, as well as coursework taken at a college or university. Additional information about the process of being awarded credit at CWRU, as well as eligibility criteria, is available on the New Student Checklist.

Students who would like to have college-level coursework reviewed for credit should begin working on the “Evaluation of College Credit” item on the New Student Checklist. Be sure to review the transfer credit policy on this form to make sure your courses are eligible for consideration. It is important to note that completion of the evaluation form requires a signature from your Guidance Counselor, so it is important to be mindful of your high school’s academic calendar when working through this process. The deadline to submit this form is June 1.

2017 AP and IB exam scores will be available to both students and CWRU in early July. By June 1, you will need to indicate through the New Student Checklist whether you have or will have scores to send, and also acknowledge that you have made the proper arrangements to have them sent to CWRU when they become available. Note: this deadline does not mean that your scores must be received by June 1.

Typically, students designate CWRU as a recipient when arranging to take these exams, but if you did not do so please be in touch with the appropriate testing organization. This is especially important if you intend to use credit earned to satisfy course prerequisites and register for a higher-level course this fall. A complete list of AP and IB exam equivalencies is available on the Undergraduate Admission webpage.

AP scores will be made available online to students through the College Board beginning in early July. CWRU will receive them in early July as well, convert them to course credit (if scores qualify) and post the credit to your record automatically so that you can use credit earned as pre-requisites when registering for higher level courses. The same process applies for IB scores. We expect that all scores we receive will be posted in advance of fall registration, which opens on July 11, so that you will be able to plan your fall schedule accordingly. You can learn more about the score access schedule, steps to make sure you’re prepared to receive scores, and creating your College Board account here.

Credit for British A-Level exams and other foreign credentials that are equivalent to college-level coursework are determined on a case-by-case basis. Scores are not typically available until early August, so students will need to register for courses assuming no credit will be earned. Once credit is determined, students will be able to make adjustments to their schedules.

Questions about course credit can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Studies at or 216-368-2928.