Credit for College Courses

Bucknell allows course credit for college courses completed prior to Bucknell admission in the following ways:

A first-year student is limited to a maximum of eight transfer credits (including AP, IB or college courses elected while in high school). To be accepted for transfer credit that will count toward graduation requirement, the course must be comparable to a course offered at Bucknell. Examples of course work not acceptable for transfer are courses in professional or vocational fields, courses from professional schools, mathematics courses below introductory calculus, language courses that repeat high school work, and physical education credits.

If the course content does not have a Bucknell course equivalent, the level of transfer credit will be determined. If the accepted course cannot be assigned to one specific department or program it will be designated NDPT, non-departmental.

Grades of "C-" or below will not be accepted for transfer credit. Credit will not be granted for pass/fail grades, audits, or for courses that have already been taken at Bucknell or elsewhere.

For schools on a semester hour system, 4 semester hours are considered equivalent to 1.0 Bucknell course credit. Policy does, however, allow for two 3-semester-hour courses to transfer as a full course credit. Transfer credit is then approved at .75 for any 3-semester-hour course taken thereafter.

To receive transfer credit, you must request an official transcript from the institution where the course was taken. The transcript should be sent to the following address:

Office of the Registrar
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Additionally, you must provide the Registrar's Office with a course description or syllabus.

Accepted transfer credits are not included in a student's Bucknell grade point average (GPA) calculation.

Advanced Placement Scores

AP test scores should be sent to our office (CEEB Code 2050). Once we receive an official report of your scores, we will evaluate them and make the appropriate additions to your academic record.

View the AP Score Chart.

International Baccalaureate and Credit

IB Diploma recipients, with a minimum score of 5 on each of the six subject examinations, will be awarded six course credits toward their degree requirements at Bucknell.

Diploma recipients who do not meet the minimum score requirements will receive course credit for only those higher level courses passed with a score of 5 or higher.

IB Certificate students (non-diploma) will receive course credits for each higher level course passed with an examination score of 5 or higher.

No credit is awarded for standard-level courses except as noted for IB Diploma recipients above.