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AP Credit

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To apply AP (or IB or A-Level) credit to your School of Engineering major, email your program sheet and SU transcript to Darlene Lazar at She will confirm the credit that can be applied to your SoE program and forward this information to your major department via email, copying you. If you are not a graduating senior needing this service now, please delay your AP requests until we are all back on campus.

The Dean's Office of Student Affairs in 135 Huang must confirm/sign off on the credit, preferably when you declare your major. Your SU transcript will show units of AP, etc. credit just under the top heading to the left. To get the sign off, bring your program sheet and the front page of your unofficial Stanford transcript (or a computer you can display it on) to 135 Huang. Darlene is generally in the office 9-4 p.m. daily (except for 12-1:15); you also have the option to scan your program sheet and the front page of your unofficial Stanford transcript to If your transcript does NOT show AP credit, you will need to send a Service-Now ticket to the Registrar, or visit the Student Services Center in Tresidder Union to have the units applied.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything regarding these or any other requirements, feel free to drop by the Office of Student Affairs, 135 Huang Engineering Center.

AP for Engineering Majors

Advanced Placement (AP) credits apply toward both the university 180-unit requirement and the School of Engineering requirements in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science (see the SoE-approval process below). AP credits can be applied only if the parallel Stanford courses are skipped. For example, a student cannot receive 10 units of AP mathematics credit and then enroll in MATH 19, 20 or 21; to apply these AP units at Stanford, the first mathematics course taken must be beyond the MATH 20 series, typically MATH 51 or CME 100. AP credits in Chemistry and Physics are accepted as satisfying School of Engineering Science requirements as indicated in the chart below. Note that AP Physics C counts toward the Physics 40 series, whereas AP Physics B applies only to the non-calculus-based Physics 20 series (only CS and MS&E programs accept AP Physics B credit toward satisfying the science requirement). See the Stanford Bulletin AP Chart for further detail on AP policy. Duplicate Credits: AP credits in both PHYSICS B and PHYSICS C tests will not be allowed as they are considered duplicative; the student must choose which credits are most advantageous for their program and ask the Registrar to record that score.

For Stanford policy on A-Levels, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur see the Stanford Bulletin General Certification page.

Approval Process

To receive approval for math, science, and/or CS AP credits toward your School of Engineering major, scan your Program Sheet and a copy of your unofficial SU transcript to Approval of Advanced Placement will be checked against what the Registrar's Office has recorded on your SU transcript, and will be confirmed via email to you (and if you are declared, to the student services contact in your major department). If your transcript does not reflect the AP or other credit you think you should have, file a HelpSU ticket directed at the Registrar's Office.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit can be applied toward requirements in your School of Engineering major program as follows:

AP Scores and Placement 2019-20

  Subject Score Placement Units
Calculus AB 5 MATH 21, or MATH 51 OR CME 100 if placement exam allows 8
Calculus BC 5 MATH 51 OR CME 100 10
Calculus BC 4 MATH 21, or MATH 51 OR CME 100 if placement exam allows 8
Chemistry 5 CHEM 33 or above 5
Computer Science Principles 4,5 CS 106A 5
Computer Science A 4,5 CS 106B or 106X 5
Physics B 5 PHYSICS 25 8
Physics B 4 PHYSICS 23 AND 25 4
Physics C Mechanics only 5 PHYSICS 43/45 OR 23/25 5
Physics C Mechanics only 4 PHYSICS 41/43/45 OR 23/25 4
Physics C E&M only 5 PHYSICS 41/45 OR 21/25 5
Physics C E&M only 4 PHYSICS 41/43/45 OR 21/25 4
Physics C Both Parts 5 PHYSICS 45 10
Physics C Both Parts 4 PHYSICS 41,43 and 45   8
Physics 1 & 2* Both parts 9, 10 PHYSICS 25 10
Physics 1 & 2* Both parts 8 PHYSICS 23 5


Note: *Starting for freshmen entering Stanford in 2016-17, Stanford accepts PHYSICS 1 and 2; this rule is not retroactive to previous years. Students must have taken both PHYSICS 1 and 2 to receive credit along with scoring a minimum of 4 on each exam. The standard rules apply such that students cannot receive credit for multiple exams taken within the same subject. The best score and or unit rate is applied to the transcript for Physics. If a student wants to have a certain Physics exam reflected on the transcript, s/he should contact the Student Services Center.

IB Scores and Placement 2018-19

Stanford also awards advanced placement credit for certain International Baccalaureate (IB) and international advanced placement subject exams. Note that IB, GCE and A-Level Physics is equivalent to the 20-series, not to the calculus-based 40-series that is required for most School of Engineering majors (only CS and MS&E programs accept the 20-series as satisfying the physics science requirement). However, if you have taken a Math examination that includes mechanics with calculus, you may request the Physics Department grant you equivalence for Physics 41.

To request Physics 41 equivalence, you must provide
• your Stanford transcript showing the units granted by the Stanford Registrar;
• transcript from your international examination indicating the course and score;
• the examination syllabus, or the URL for the syllabus.
Email this information to Elva Carbajal, Student Services Officer in the Physics Department. You will be notified by email either of a decision, or if an in-person meeting is required.

For detail and Stanford policy on IB, see the IB Chart in Explore Degrees

Test Subject      Score Placement Qtr Units
Chemistry          5 CHEM 35 or 135     10
Computer Science          5 CS 106B or X      5
Mathematics          6 or higher MATH 51 or CME 100 (placement exam)     10
Physics          6 or higher PHYSICS 25      8
Physics          5 PHYSICS 23/25      4