Policies for Credit Earned Outside of Georgetown College

Dual Credit

Georgetown College accepts for credit college-level courses taken before graduation from high school provided that such work:

  1. meets the standards as defined in Guidelines for Dual Credit Courses published by the Council on Postsecondary Education;
  2. is recorded as college credit on an official transcript issued by a regionally- accredited institution; or
  3. has been validated by Advanced Placement tests or CLEP tests. (See Credit by Examination for other details.)

High School Dual Credit Program

High school students enrolled at selected high schools may enroll in a dual credit program providing high school students the opportunity to earn high school credits and college credit hours simultaneously. Georgetown College instructors are assigned to the selected high school campus for course delivery. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office.


Students who possess considerable knowledge and skill in English, math and some other courses as documented by ACT/SAT test scores and/or
departmental exams may bypass certain prerequisites or Foundations & Core program requirements. Bypassing courses involves no credit awarded, though competency has been demonstrated, and students are eligible to take additional courses as if prerequisites have been completed.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Georgetown College offers credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams for which a student has earned a score of 3, 4, or 5. Scores must be sent directly to Georgetown College (school code 1249) in order to be considered for credit. A full listing of credit awarded by AP exam may be found on the Office of the Registrar website (www.georgetowncollege.edu/registrar).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Georgetown College recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and offers credit for IB courses passed with grades of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level examinations. Official IB transcripts must be submitted to Georgetown College in order to be considered for credit. A full listing of credit awarded based on IB results may be found on the Office of the Registrar website (www.georgetowncollege.edu/registrar).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Georgetown College typically offers credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam scores of 50 or better, though some departments require higher scores. In order to receive credit based on a CLEP exam, a student must be fully admitted to Georgetown College as a degree-seeking student, send official exam results directly to the Office of the Registrar, and achieve the minimum required score(s). A full listing of credit awarded by CLEP exam may be found on the Office of the Registrar website (www.georgetowncollege.edu/registrar).

Credit by Examination

Students who possess considerable knowledge in the subject matter of a given course may obtain college credit for that course by passing a departmental test. If a department develops its own tests for credit by examination, the examination must be approved by the Academic Policy Committee.

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