Now is the time of summer that the phone begins to ring in the ARC about Advanced Placement (AP) and dual/transfer credit. Students (and parents) want to know if credits earned while in high school will transfer to Bellarmine, and how they should inform Bellarmine of credits earned. Since the policies vary from university to university and are individualized for each course, I’m hoping to clarify a few points for everyone.
The first thing you should know is that although students have already received their AP Scores, Bellarmine will not receive them until late July. Once we receive notice of students’ scores, an advisor will make the necessary changes to schedules and mail new ones. If students want to go ahead and discuss the possible changes to their schedule before we officially receive the AP scores, they are welcome to call the ARC. But, first they should be informed about Bellarmine’s policies regarding accepting AP and transfer credit.
Before calling the ARC, students should consult the complete list of acceptable AP scores. For instance, you might be surprised that Bellarmine does not apply an acceptable AP English (Language or Composition) score (4 or 5) toward the English 101 requirement. Instead, it is considered an “English elective.” So, students receiving a 4 or 5 on their AP English exam must still take English 101. Another course we are frequently asked about is History. Although Bellarmine accepts scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP U.S. and World History Exams, these transfer as credit for upper level History electives (see the chart for specifics), not History 116 or 117. History 116 (or 117) is a required General Education course for all students.
Now, let’s look at the process to receive dual or transfer credits from another institution. By now, students have received their final grades and want to know what will “count” at Bellarmine. In order to process dual or transfer credits, students must request that their transcript from the previous institution be sent directly to the Bellarmine’s Registrar. The Registrar will evaluate the transcript and notify the ARC if credit has been granted to a student. To read more about this evaluation policy, go here. The ARC will make necessary changes to schedules and mail them to students. The ARC can only make changes to schedules if the official transcript has been sent to the Registrar.
I hope this clarifies Bellarmine’s process for accepting AP and dual/transfer credits. If students have questions, they can contact the Registrar (502.272.8133) or the ARC (502.272.7400).