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FAQs — AP credit
Q: May I use my AP credits to meet the Distribution Requirement?
A: Advanced Placement credits may not be included as part of your Area Distribution. They may, however, be used as electives or as concentration prerequisites.
Q: How do I know if I received AP credits?
A: Because scores often are not reported until late summer, you may not know your Advanced Placement test scores when you come to Orientation. Your advisor can tell you what score you will need in order to receive degree credit, and together you should make your "best guess" about what related course (if any) to enroll in. Your AP credits should appear on your transcript by the middle of your first term.
Q: Will I receive credit for a course I take at UM if I already have AP credits for it?
A: Yes, but you will lose the AP credit.
Q: May I use my AP credits toward the 120 credits I need to graduate?
A: Yes. AP credits can be counted toward graduation.
Q: May I use my AP credits to meet course and concentration prerequisites?
A: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. For example, if you are planning on majoring in economics, you can use your AP credits in micro- and macroeconomics to meet the prerequisites for an economics concentration; whereas if you are a history concentrator, you need to know that AP credits do not count towards either the prerequisites or the concentration itself. See the individual department for clarification. (If the credit transfers as "Departmental," that credit will not count as a specific course.)
* It is important to note that each department has a different policy on Advanced Placement credits. Some departments do not allow students to use their AP credits to meet prerequisites. For a complete list of departments that accept AP credits, consult with your academic advisor or faculty concentration advisor
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