Freshmen who have completed advanced-level work and would like academic credit and
advanced placement are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement (AP) administered
by the College Entrance Examination Board. The university receives the results of
these tests in mid-July, and notifies students about advanced placement and credit
prior to the change of schedule period. Additional information may be obtained by
contacting the director of admissions or the chair of the appropriate academic department.
A bulletin of information about Advanced Placement Tests may be secured from the College
Entrance Examination Board, P.O. Box 592, Princeton, N.J. 08540.
See Towson University's AP standards.
Towson University recognizes that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program represents
achievement beyond the standard American high school program and regularly awards
advanced standing to students who successfully complete IB course work.
Students who earn an IB diploma will be awarded 30 units toward the bachelor's degree
and receive sophomore standing. Some of these units may be applied toward Towson's
Core Curriculum requirements; each student's IB units will be individually evaluated
for Core Curriculum applicability.
Students who earn an IB certificate will be eligible to receive units based on the
results of higher level and standard level exams. Credit will be awarded on a course-by-course
basis. At least 6 and as many as 8 units will be awarded for each higher level exam completed
with a score of 4 or above. A score of 5 or above is required to receive units for
the physics higher level exam.
See Towson University’s Higher Level IB equivalency
College-Level Exam Program (CLEP)
The CLEP is a series of standardized tests designed to assess college-level knowledge
in a number of disciplines. It is intended for students who have obtained knowledge
of certain subjects outside of a traditional classroom environment and who wish to
earn credit for this experience. Towson University offers, and grants course credit
for, a number of computerized CLEP tests, including college mathematics, natural science,
social science and history, and the humanities.
Tests are also offered in accounting, business law, economics, marketing, management,
computer science, freshman composition, American literature, English literature, educational
psychology, and sociology. The TU Registrar's Office provides more information about
the minimum passing scores for CLEP tests and the course equivalencies they satisfy,
as well as how to schedule a test.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Tests
Towson University recognizes that the University of Cambridge International Examinations
represent achievement beyond the standard American high school program and awards
advanced standing to students who successfully complete Cambridge exams.
Cambridge International A Levels are recognized for matriculation purposes. Advanced
standing credit is awarded for A Level passes with a mark of D or better. Eight units
are awarded for science/math A Level courses; six units are awarded for non-science/math
A Level courses.
Advanced standing credit is awarded for AS Level passes with a mark of D or better.
Four units are awarded for science/math AS Level courses; three units are awarded
for non-science/math AS Level courses.