Advanced Placement (AP) Students

Get a Head Start

As an Advanced Placement student, you’re developing a skill set that will set you up for success in university and beyond. Your time management skills and your experience balancing demanding course loads with extra-curricular activities will give you a head start adapting to the challenges that come with university life.

Why UAlberta?

The University of Alberta is one of the top 5 universities in Canada, with over 200 undergraduate program options, $22.5 million in scholarship funding, over $500 million in research funding, and more 3M Teaching Award winners than any other post-secondary institution in the country.

At the University of Alberta, we recognize your potential as an AP student, and we can provide you with the resources and facilities that you need to excel in your studies.

Learn more about how the U of A recognizes AP grades and achievements! Watch the video »

AP Recognition

While the opportunities that come with participating in the AP program are rewarding in themselves, the University of Alberta offers special services and recognition to support the achievements of AP students like you.

AP Cambridge Capstone Credential

The U of A supports the pilot phase of the AP Cambridge Capstone Credential, and is actively pursuing appropriate recognition of this program.

Special Events

  • A select group of top AP students will be invited to be our VIP guests at the annual Alumni Recognition Awards. This red carpet event will be held at the Winspear Centre for Music on September 25, 2013.
  • As part of our Open House on October 19, 2013, we invite AP and IB students to a special breakfast. After breakfast, skip the lines to sign up first for the Open House Early Admission Workshops! Please note: this event is by invitation and requires registration in order to attend.
  • In the fall, our Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) hosts a campus-wide Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, and welcomes AP/IB students to attend events highlighting undergraduate research opportunities at the U of A.


If you have questions about admissions or transfer credit, or need advice on the range of programs and courses available, we invite you to talk with one of our advisors, who can advise you on what to expect from your university education. Email for more information.

Transfer Credit

You can earn transfer credit for university-level courses based on your AP results. Your transfer credit is automatically assessed once we receive your official AP score report. 

Find out more about transfer credit in the section below or see the Equivalency Chart for AP Courses for details on available transfer credit.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit for Your AP Courses

There are three ways the University of Alberta awards advanced standing to students who achieve a final grade of 4 or higher on specific exams: transfer credit, advanced placement, or credit by special assessment (CSA).

With transfer credit, the most commonly awarded of the three options, you receive university-level credit for AP work completed in high school. Transfer credit can allow you to free up time in your university course schedule and save money.

All About AP Transfer Credit

See the the AP Advanced Standing Presentation (PDF) for detailed information.

UAlberta Equivalents for AP Courses

For a preview of what credit you can earn for your AP courses, please see the Equivalency Chart for AP Courses.

Transfer Credit and Professional Programs

If you are planning to apply to a program that requires pre-professional study such as Business or Dentistry, your AP transfer credit may help you meet program prerequisites. Some programs will even use your AP grade when calculating a prerequisite average.*

For example, if you achieve a score of 4 or 5 in English (Literature and Composition), you will receive transfer credit for ENGL 100-level (★3), which is a prerequisite course for many professional programs like Medicine and Dentistry. Earning transfer credit means you are not required to take these classes in university, which can free up time and money.

* Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science will factor in your AP scores when calculating your prerequisite admission average. An AP grade of 5 will be equated to a 4.0, and an AP score of 4 will be equated to a 3.7 on the UAlberta four-point scale.

Declining Transfer Credit

While we encourage students to retain the transfer credit they have earned, you do have the option to decline it a the time of admission. You are responsible for initiating the process to decline transfer credit and can do so on a course-by-course basis. Please carefully read the following step-by-step instructions to complete this process:

  1. Send in your official AP transcripts by the August 1 document deadline. You must send in your official transcripts, even if you plan on declining transfer credit.
  2. Check to see what credit you have earned. The University of Alberta will automatically award the transfer credit for which you qualify and post a transfer credit assessment in Bear Tracks around mid-August.
  3. Download the Decline AP Transfer Credit Form (PDF) and return it to your Faculty by the course registration deadline (September 17, 2013). This deadline is firm and forms submitted beyond this date will not be considered.
  4. Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure your registration accurately reflects your transfer credit status. In other words, you must make sure you are not retaking a course for which you have already earned credit. If you wish to retake a course at University of Alberta, you must first decline the transfer credit.
  5. Check for your revised transfer credit report in Bear Tracks approximately 14 business days following submission of the form.
  6. Important! If you decline your AP credit, the credit cannot be reinstated at any point during your University career. Declined AP credit cannot be used for admission to a professional program of study at the University of Alberta.

Potential reasons to consider declining transfer credit:

  1. If you are applying to Nursing or Engineering. Please refer to the AP Advanced Standing Presentation (PDF) for detailed information.
  2. If you have earned more than ★24 transfer credits, as this will impact applications for University of Alberta scholarships.
  3. If you feel that you do not have a solid grasp on the material and that it would be beneficial to retake the course.

If you have any questions about this process, please email the AP advisor at

Admission for AP Students

Which AP Courses Can Be Used for Admission?

See the Alberta high school equivalents chart for more information on which AP courses may be used on your application for admission.

If you are completing AP exams in conjunction with another high school curriculum (such as Alberta Education Diploma, B.C. Ministry of Education Diploma or other international curricula), we will use the higher of either your AP score or course grade for admission. For example, if you present both AP English and English 30-1, we will use the higher of the two English grades when calculating your admission average required for your program.

You are not at a disadvantage for choosing to write an AP exam.


All AP students are required to submit a final and official AP Score Report by the due date posted in Bear Tracks (regardless if you are eligible for transfer credit). Ask your AP coordinator to request that your transcript be sent directly to the University of Alberta, or contact the College Board directly.

Note for International Students

A grade of 4 or higher on the AP English College Board examination can be used to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement. For information or advising services for AP students from out of Canada, please visit

Grading Scale

To calculate your admissions average using AP results, we will convert your scores into percentages:

AP Result Percent Equivalent
5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%
1 Not accepted for admission


Additional inquiries about admission for AP students may be emailed to