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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Check for your revised transfer credit report in Bear Tracks approximately 14 business days following submission of the form.
- 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:
- If you are applying to Nursing or Engineering. Please refer to the AP Advanced Standing Presentation (PDF) for detailed information.
- If you have earned more than ★24 transfer credits, as this will impact applications for University of Alberta scholarships.
- 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 APstudent@ualberta.ca.