Pre-College Credit & Class Standing FAQ

  • I took AP and/or IB Exams in high school. Will I get credit for them?
    To see if your AP/IB scores qualify for credit, check the Office of Undergraduate Admissions AP/IB guidelines! For certain math/science courses, make sure to check specifically under “College of Engineering”, as some credits might transfer differently based on the College.

  • I took A-Levels or exams for a different form of International Advanced Standing. How do I know what credit I will receive?
    To learn more about A-level credit evaluation, refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions A-Level guidelines. Some countries have different exams or forms of evaluation for advanced credit. Please refer to the guidelines presented by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • I dual enrolled or took classes at a community college or other university during high school. Can I get credit for them?
    In order to potentially receive credit for dual enrollment or college courses taken in high school, students must have an official transcript sent to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1220 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
Email: transcripts@umich.edu

Note: Please allow 4-6 weeks for your credit to be evaluated and posted, especially during peak times (beginning and end of the semester, during summer orientation, etc.). Note that you will only receive credit if the course was taken directly through a college or university; college-level courses taught within the high school curriculum (outside of AP/IB/A-Levels) will not count.

  • My AP/IB/A-Level/dual enrollment/transfer credit is not showing up on my transcript. How do I make sure credits are posted to my UM record?
    Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to verify that you sent your scores to the University. If you did not request to have AP or IB scores sent to U-M, please do so through the testing agency’s website. For A-Levels and courses taken at other colleges or universities, you will need to have an official transcript sent (directly from the college/university) to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1220 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
Email: transcripts@umich.edu

  • I am a currently-enrolled student who took AP/IB courses in high school but never took the exams. Can I take the exams now to receive college credit?
    No, once you have started classes at UM, you will not be able to take AP/IB exams for credit. Credit for these tests will only be accepted for incoming first-year students.

  • I am a first-year student coming in with credit from AP/IB/A-Level/dual enrollment credit. Does this mean I am technically a sophomore?
    Class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) is dependent on how many credits a student has at a given time. The CoE Bulletin lays out the breakdown of class standing by number of credits.
  • Will my tuition increase once I reach a certain amount of credits? How do I avoid this?
    Tuition rates for undergraduate students are differentiated by “lower division” and “upper division” credit levels. Having 55+ credits (junior standing) will incur an increase in tuition. If you would like to temporarily avoid this increase in tuition within your first and second years, you are able to drop any number of transfer credits that you brought in (AP/IB, etc.). 

    To drop credits, first consult with your academic advisor about which credits would make sense for you to remove based on your intended degree plans. Afterwards, you’ll need to email engincredit@umich.edu and let them know the specific credits (as shown on your transcript) that you would like dropped. You’ll also need to include a note that you understand that this is permanent; once you remove credits from your transcript, you won’t be able to add them back at any time.