A maximum of four course credits may be achieved through AP, IB, and joint enrollment courses (or any other college courses taken prior to entering college, including in the summer after high school graduation). No more than 2 of the 4 credits may be counted from joint enrollment. If you qualify for more than four such credits, you can change which course you select later in your career at Davidson.
Beginning with the class entering in August 2013 (Class of '17 and later), no more than two such credits attained prior to matriculation at Davidson (or, for transfer students, as a degree candidate at another college) may be applied to the satisfaction of distribution requirements. The student may elect which two to apply and may change that selection as late as the beginning of the spring semester of the senior year. Selection is made or changed by official notification to the Registrar's Office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
Davidson awards college course credit for numerous courses taught within the AP and IB programs. A score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam (3, in Calculus; 5, in History), or a score of 6 or 7 on an IB exam is required for credit at Davidson. In many cases, the credit transfers with the same name and number as a Davidson course and thus serves as a prerequisite to other courses. In those cases, the credit counts toward graduation and, when appropriate and within certain limits, as a distribution or other requirement.
Students entering in 2013: See transfer equivalents for AP and IB (newer requirements).
Students entering in 2012: See equivalents for AP and IB (older requirements).
Joint enrollment courses (College courses taken while in high school)
Courses completed for credit in joint enrollment programs (high school/college) may be transferred if the courses are consistent with the academic objectives of Davidson College, if the grades earned in the courses are at least C-, and if the courses in question are not used to meet the requirements for graduation from high school or admission to Davidson College.
Transfer evaluation of courses taken prior to graduation from high school requires three items of documentation. Item 2 below is crucial; we do not transfer as college credits courses offered at the high school or in summer programs (even Davidson's own "July Experience") offered principally to high school students.
1. An official transcript from the college or university attended (not just the high school transcript);
2. An official letter from the college or university confirming that the courses were:
a. Taught on its campus;
b. Taught by a regular member of its faculty;
c. Taken in competition with degree candidates of that institution, who constitute a majority in those courses; and
d. A regular part of the curriculum of the institution; and
3. An official letter from the high school principal or guidance counselor confirming that the courses were not used to satisfy high school graduation requirements.
NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to have the above documents sent to the Davidson College Registrar's Office (Box 7154, Davidson, NC 28035-7154). The transcript alone is NOT adequate.