Before the end of the first semester of enrollment, dual-enrollment or military service transcripts and scores for the Advanced Placement test of the College Entrance Examination Board, International Baccalaureate Diploma, Cambridge International Examination or College Level Examination Program are required to be submitted to the VCU Transfer Center to be eligible for academic credit.

Note: The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors gives the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee the authority to review these sources of academic credit as needed. The UUCC will report substantial changes to the board for further approval.

Credit for Advanced Placement tests of the College Entrance Examination Board

AP tests passed with scores of 3, 4 or 5 will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent credit for the various AP tests.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for AP credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

Credit for Advanced Placement Tests of the College Entrance Examination Board

AP examination AP score VCU equivalent VCU credit
Art History3ARTH   1033
Art History4,5ARTH   103, ARTH   1046
Art: Studio Art – Drawing4,5ARTF   1391
Art: Studio Art – 2-D-Design4,5ARTF   1391
Art: Studio Art – 3-D-Design4,5ARTF   1391
Biology3BIOL   101, BIOZ   1014
Biology4BIOL   152, BIOZ   1524
Biology5BIOL   151, BIOZ   151, BIOL   152, BIOZ   1528
Calculus AB3,4,5MATH   2004
Calculus BC3,4MATH   2004
Calculus BC5MATH   200, MATH   2018
Chemistry3,4CHEM   101, CHEZ   1014
Chemistry5CHEM   101, CHEZ   101, CHEM   102, CHEZ   1028
Chinese3FRLG   1014
Chinese4,5CHIN   201, CHIN   2026
Computer Science A4,5CMSC   2554
Computer Science AB3CMSC   2554
Computer Science AB4,5CMSC   255, CMSC   2567
Economics – Macro4,5ECON   2113
Economics – Micro4,5ECON   2103
English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition3,4,5UNIV   1113
English Language and Composition and English Literature and Composition3,4,5UNIV   111, ENGL   2156
Environmental Science3,4BIOL   1034
Environmental Science5BIOL   1035
European History3,4,5HIST   101, HIST   1026
French, German, Spanish Language3FREN   202, GRMN   202, SPAN   2023
French, German, Spanish Language4FREN   300, GRMN   300, SPAN   3003
French, German, Spanish Language5FREN   300, GRMN   300, SPAN   300, FREN   301, GRMN   301, SPAN   3016
French, German, Spanish Literature3FREN   202, GRMN   202, SPAN   2023
French, German, Spanish Literature4FREN   330, GRMN 330, SPAN   3303
French, German, Spanish Literature5FREN   330, GRMN 330, SPAN   330, FREN   331, GRMN 331, SPAN   3316
Govt. & Politics: Comparative3,4,5POLI   1093
Govt. & Politics: United States3,4,5POLI   1033
Human Geography3,4,5URSP   1023
Italian3ITAL   1024
Italian4ITAL   201, ITAL   2026
Italian5ITAL   202, ITAL 3XX6
Japanese3FRLG   1014
Japanese4,5FRLG   201, FRLG   2026
Latin Literature3,4,5LATN   2013
Latin: Vergil3,4,5LATN   2023
Music Theory3,4,5MHIS   1103
Physics 14,5PHYS   2014
Physics 24,5PHYS   2024
Physics C – Electricity & Magnetism4,5PHYS   2085
Physics C – Mechanics3,4,5PHYS   2075
Psychology3,4,5PSYC   1014
Statistics3,4STAT   2103
Statistics5STAT   2123
U.S. History3,4,5HIST   103, HIST   1046
World History3,4,5History elective6

Credit for International Baccalaureate Diplomas and courses

IB Higher Level (HL) tests passed with scores of 3-7 and Standard Level (SL) tests passed with scores of 4-7 will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at Virginia Commonwealth University. The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent credit for IB scores. Three elective credits will be awarded for the “Theory of Knowledge” course.

To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center is the official credit notification point for IB credit for all university programs. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and evaluated by the Transfer Center. Credits awarded are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s VCU grade-point average.

For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

Credit for International Baccalaureate Diplomas and courses

IB examination HL SL VCU equivalent VCU credit
Biology4,55,6BIOL   101, BIOZ   1014
Biology67BIOL   152, BIOZ   1524
Biology7BIOL   151, BIOZ   151, BIOL   152, BIOZ   1528
Business & Management4,55,6BUSN   2013
Business & Management6,77BUSN   201, BUSN   2026
Chemistry56CHEM   101, CHEZ   1014
Chemistry6,77CHEM   101, CHEZ   101, CHEM   102, CHEZ   1028
Computer Science4,55,6CMSC   2554
Computer Science6,77CMSC   255, CMSC   2567
Economics6,77ECON   2033
English A4,5,6,75,6,7UNIV   1113
English B4,5,6,75,6,7UNIV   1113
Environmental Systems5,6,7URSP   203, URSZ   2034
French, German, Spanish4FREN   102, GRMN   102, SPAN   1024
French, German, Spanish45FREN   202, GRMN   202, SPAN   2023
French, German, Spanish56FREN   300, GRMN   300, SPAN   3003
French, German, Spanish6,77FREN   300, GRMN   300, SPAN   300, FREN   301, GRMN   301, SPAN   3016
Further Mathematics4,5,6,7MATH   1413
Further Mathematics5,6MATH   200, MATH   2018
Further Mathematics7MATH   200, MATH   201, MATH   31011
Geography4,5,6,75,6,7URSP   1023
History4,5,6,75,6,7History elective6
History Americas4,5,6,75,6,7HIST   103, HIST   1046
History Asia & Oceania4,5,6,75,6,7HIST   107, HIST   1086
History Europe4,5,6,75,6,7HIST   101, HIST   1026
ITGSnone0
Latin34LATN   1014
Latin45LATN   1024
Latin5,6,76,7LATN   2023
Mathematics5,6,7MATH   1514
Mathematics5,6MATH   2004
Mathematics7MATH   200, MATH   2018
Mathematical Studies4,5,6,7MATH   1413
Music4,5,6,75,6,7MHIS   1053
Philosophy5,6,76,7PHIL   1013
Physics4,55,6PHYS   2014
Physics6,77PHYS   201, PHYS   2028
Psychology4,5,6,75,6,7PSYC   1014
Social & Cultural Anthropology4,5,6,75,6,7ANTH   1033
Theatre ArtsTHEA   1073
Visual Arts4,5,6,75,6,7ARTF   1391

Credit for Cambridge International Examinations

The University may grant credit for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) comprising levels Advanced (A) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS) offered through the University of Cambridge in England. These courses and examinations are administered through registered CIE Centers in public high schools throughout the United States. A-level syllabuses and exams cover approximately two years of college-level curriculum in a subject and the AS level syllabus and exam covers the first year of the two-year A-level curriculum.

Cambridge tests passed with final grades of A, B or C will, depending on the test, be considered for advanced standing and credit for the corresponding courses at VCU. The applicability of such credit toward the student’s degree program is interpreted by the department or school in which the student seeks a degree. Credits accepted are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the students GPA.

Students requesting evaluation of their Cambridge credits are to request an official copy of their transcript from the CIE coordinators at the student’s specific high school. Official transcripts may be sent to Virginia Commonwealth University Transfer Center, 900 Park Ave., P.O. Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

The chart below provides information about the VCU equivalent for various Cambridge examinations. Note: Cambridge credits listed below are effective for spring 2013 admissions.

For more information regarding Cambridge International Examinations, please contact the VCU Transfer Center at (804) 827-1349.

Credit for Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge exam A-level VCU equivalent AS-level VCU equivalent VCU credit
BiologyBIOL   101/BIOZ   101BIOL   101/BIOZ   1014
ChemistryCHEM   101/CHEZ   101CHEM   101/CHEZ   1014
English1UNIV   1113
English literatureENGL   215ENGL   2153
MathematicsMATH   200MATH   2004
MathematicsSTAT   31424
PhysicsPHYS   201PHYS   101/PHYZ   1014
DivinityRELS/HIST   32723
PsychologyPSYC   101PSYC   1014
MusicMHIS 1XXMHIS 1XX3
ComputingCMSC   101CMSC   1013
EconomicsECON   203ECON   2033
Art and designARTS 1XXARTS 1XX3
1

Class/exam exclusively offered at AS-level.

2

Class/exam exclusively offered at A-level.

College Level Examination Program

The College Level Examination Program is designed to allow people who have gained knowledge outside the classroom to take examinations and receive college credit for what they have learned.

Procedures for VCU students

  1. Students should obtain CLEP approval forms, information about CLEP general and/or subject examinations, VCU course equivalency information, optional essay requirements and CLEP applications from the Testing Center in the University College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Hibbs Hall, First Floor, P.O. Box 842500, Richmond, VA 23284-2500; (804) 827-8108.
  2. Students should discuss the examination(s) to be taken with an adviser, and obtain permission signatures from the adviser and dean of the school of the major on each of the three approval forms. If the optional essay is required for a subject examination, it should be indicated on the CLEP approval forms and on the CLEP application.
  3. Students should return the completed CLEP approval forms, the completed CLEP application and the proper fee to the Testing Center. After receipt of these materials and fees, the examination time(s) will be scheduled.
  4. The examination score and the result of the optional essay are sent to the dean’s office in which the student is a major for final action. The dean then sends formal notification to the student, the Office of Records and Registration and the student’s adviser.

Regulations for VCU students

  1. CLEP credit is officially awarded only to students who are fully accepted into a VCU degree program.
  2. A student may not attempt a subject or general examination if it duplicates in part, or full, any VCU course or combination of courses that the student has already completed or enrolled in for credit. For example, a student who has completed courses in U.S. and European history, sociology, anthropology and psychology, or similar courses, is not eligible to take the social sciences and history general examination. The dean’s office of the school in which the student is a major makes the decision about the appropriateness of taking a particular examination.
  3. If a student has earned CLEP subject examination credit, the student may not take a VCU course for credit that would duplicate the CLEP credits already earned.
  4. The CLEP general examination in English composition is not acceptable for VCU credit. Students may take the CLEP Freshman College Composition with essay subject examination for credit equivalent to UNIV   111. There is no CLEP exam equivalent for UNIV   200. In order to receive credit for the CLEP general examination in mathematics, the student must take the Mathematics Placement Test and test at the STAT   208, STAT   210 or MATH   200 level. To make arrangements to take this placement test, contact the Testing Center at (804) 827-8108. Results should be reported to the dean of the school in which the student is a major.
  5. A maximum of 54 semester credits can be earned through CLEP examinations.

Credit awarded on subject tests taken through the CLEP1

Subject exam Score VCU equivalent VCU credits
French (2 semesters)50FREN   101-FREN   1028
French (4 semesters)62FREN   101-FREN   102, FREN   201-FREN   20214
German (2 semesters)50GRMN   101-GRMN 1028
German (4 semesters)63GRMN   101-GRMN   102, GRMN   201-GRMN   20214
Spanish (2 semesters)50SPAN   101-SPAN   1028
Spanish (4 semesters)66SPAN   101-SPAN   102, SPAN   201-SPAN   20214
American government50POLI   1033
Educational psychology50PSYC   3053
History of the U.S. 150HIST   1033
History of the U.S. 250HIST   1043
Human growth & development50EDUS   3013
Intro to psychology50PSYC   1013
Intro to sociology50SOCY   1013
Western civilization 150HIST   1013
Western civilization 250HIST   1023
College algebra50MATH   1413
Calculus50MATH   2003
Chemistry50CHEM   101-CHEM   1026
College mathematics50MATH   1313
Pre-calculus50MATH   1513
General biology50BIOL   101 OR BIOL   1513
General biology70BIOL   151-BIOL   1526
Financial accounting50ACCT   2033
Info systems & computer apps50INFO   3603
Intro to business law50SCMA   3233
Principles of marketing50MKTG   3013
Microeconomics50ECON   2103
Macroeconomics50ECON   2113
College composition50UNIV   1113
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Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Undergraduate credit by examination

Recognizing that VCU enrolls students of varying backgrounds and experiences, the university provides its students the opportunity to accelerate their education through credit by examination. The following outline describes conditions under which credit by examination may be given and the procedure for doing so.

  1. With the approval of the dean, each department or program shall:
    1. Determine which, if any, courses shall be available for credit by examination. The student should check with the department offering course work in the area in which he or she wishes to take credit by examination for a list of the courses so designated.
    2. Determine the types of examinations, standards of evaluation and evaluators for the courses so designated.
    3. Determine the qualifications for students to be eligible to take the examinations.
  2. The examinations, if available, may be taken by any enrolled student during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer session.
  3. The student wishing to take credit by examination must meet the following requirements:
    1. Not have received a grade listed in this bulletin, including AU or W for the course for which credit by examination is sought. Also, the student should not have been granted transfer credit for a similar course taken elsewhere.
    2. Be a currently enrolled student as certified by the examining department.
    3. Meet departmental and school eligibility requirements as evidenced by the written approval of the chair of the examining department.
  4. After consultation with the major adviser and within the first four weeks of a semester or the first week of a summer session, the student must complete the Credit by Examination Approval Form with the department chair. The form, available from the department, should be left with the chair when it is completed.
  5. Within two weeks, the student is notified by the dean’s office of the time and place of examination.
  6. After notification, but before taking the exam, the student must pay the university cashier the fee established by VCU for each credit being sought. As verification of payment, the student presents the receipt to the department chair before the examination is taken.
  7. After the examination is taken, the results and the examination are sent to the dean’s office, which notifies the student of the results. If the student passes the examination, the course title, credits earned and the grade CR are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. Credits so earned are applied toward the graduation requirement for total credits. However, these credits are not included in the computation of the student’s GPA.

Military service and ROTC courses

The university may grant credit for formal military service school courses offered by the various branches of the U.S. armed forces. The guidelines for granting such credits include:

  1. The positive recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experiences of the American Council on Education as stated in the most recent edition of “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” (acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx).
  2. Acceptable scores earned on subject tests taken through Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support, a college-credit-by-exam-agency. The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests program is an extensive series of examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses.
  3. Acceptable scores earned on subject tests taken through the College-Level Exam Program, a college-credit-by-exam program.
  4. NOTE: Credit is not awarded for experiential learning.

The applicability of such credit toward the student's degree program is interpreted by the department or school in which the student seeks a degree. Credits accepted are counted as credits earned toward the degree, but are not used in the computation of the student’s GPA. Students should consult with the assistant or associate dean for undergraduate affairs of the school or college for further details about the procedures for awarding credit for military service school courses.

Credit is accepted directly from each of the above agencies. Students in all branches of the military may request their military transcripts from the Joint Service Transcript System online at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/welcome.do.

Military students may request their score sheets from the following website:

Transcripts and/or score sheets may be sent to Virginia Commonwealth University Transfer Center, 900 Park Ave., P.O. Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532.

Army ROTC is open to any VCU student. Advanced standing may be granted to veterans, Junior ROTC graduates or members of the Reserves/National Guard after the department chair’s review of academic records and verification of ROTC academic alignment. The number of credits accepted toward graduation requirements is determined by each school. See Military Science and Leadership in the “College of Humanities and Sciences” section of this bulletin.

Military credits awarded (from AARTS/SMARTS transcripts) based on ACE recommendations

(Additional credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.1)

Course Recommended credit VCU equivalent Credit
Physical conditioning/fitness1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
First aid1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
Military science/leadership1-3MILS   1011-3
Personal/community health1-3HPEX 1XX1-3
Oral communications1-3SPCH   1211-3
Personnel supervision/management1-3MGMT 1XX1-3
Basic math1-3MATH 1XX1-3
Computer technology1-3INFO 1XX1-3
Technical writing1-3ENGL 1XX1-3
Human resources management1-3MGMT 1XX1-3
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Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Credit awarded for DSST subject exams through DANTES1

DSST exam Score VCU equivalent VCU credit
Technical writingNo equivalent0
Intro to computingNo equivalent0
Contemporary Western Europe, 1946-199048HIST 1XX3
Intro to modern Middle East44HIST 1XX3
Human/cultural geography48URSP   1023
Ethics in America46-400PHIL 2XX3
Criminal justiceNo equivalent0
Fundamentals of college algebraNo equivalent0
General anthropology47ANTH   1033
Intro to law enforcementNo equivalent0
Lifespan development psychology46PSYC   3043
Physical geology46ENVS   1053
Principles of physical science I47PHYS   1013
Principles of statistics48/400STAT   2083
Management information systems46/400INFO   3603
Human resource management46MGMT 2XX3
Introduction to business46BUSN   201, BUSN   2026
1

Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Credit awarded on subject tests taken through the CLEP1

Subject exam Score VCU equivalent VCU credits
French (2 semesters)50FREN   101-FREN   1028
French (4 semesters)62FREN   101-FREN   102, FREN   201-FREN   20214
German (2 semesters)50GRMN   101-GRMN   1028
German (4 semesters)63GRMN   101-GRMN   102, GRMN   201-GRMN   20214
Spanish (2 semesters)50SPAN   101-SPAN   1028
Spanish (4 semesters)66SPAN   101-SPAN   102, SPAN   201-SPAN   20214
American government50POLI   1033
Educational psychology50PSYC   3053
History of the U.S. 150HIST   1033
History of the U.S. 250HIST   1043
Human growth & development50EDUS   3013
Intro to psychology50PSYC   1013
Intro to sociology50SOCY   1013
Western civilization 150HIST   1013
Western civilization 250HIST   1023
College algebra50MATH   1413
Calculus50MATH   2003
Chemistry50CHEM   101-CHEM   1026
College mathematics50MATH   1313
Pre-calculus50MATH   1513
General biology50BIOL   101 OR BIOL   1513
General biology70BIOL   151-BIOL   1526
Financial accounting50ACCT   2033
Info systems & computer apps50INFO   3603
Intro to business law50SCMA   3233
Principles of marketing50MKTG   3013
Microeconomics50ECON   2103
Macroeconomics50ECON   2113
College composition50UNIV   1113
1

Decisions regarding VCU equivalents were made in consultation with the VCU departments.

Credits earned through the International Student Exchange Program

Credits earned by a VCU student through ISEP appear on the student’s transcript, but are not included in the computation of the student’s cumulative GPA. See the “Education Abroad” section of this bulletin. This policy became effective July 1990.

Credits for dual-enrollment courses

Qualified students who have taken college-level work while still enrolled in a secondary school may receive academic credit. Courses taken as dual enrollment courses will be treated as VCU courses or transfer credits according to the evaluation guidelines.

Approved by VCU Board of Visitors, Nov. 10, 2011. The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors gives the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee the authority to review these sources of academic credit as needed. The UUCC will report substantial changes to the board for further approval.