Advanced Credits

Entering students may be granted credits and/or advanced course placement for the successful completion of the Advanced Placement (AP) examination given by the Educational Testing Service of the College Entrance Examination Board, the International Baccalaureate, the Swiss Matura, or the completion of coursework at an accredited college or university.

For the Class of 2022 (entering Fall 2018) and beyond, the following policies are in effect for all advanced credits:

  • Students can bring in a maximum of 16 credits (equivalent of one full semester)
  • Students can only bring in a total of 8 credits in the Intermediate Liberal Arts portion of the curriculum—specifically, the History and Social Science (HSS), Culture and Values (CVA), and Literature and Visual Arts (LVA)
  • Credit is only awarded if there is an equivalent course in the curriculum.

Advanced Placement

AP credit and/or advanced course placement is awarded for AP exam scores of 4 or 5. Babson Curriculum/AP Exam Equivalents (pdf)

International Baccalaureate

IB credit and/or advanced course placement is awarded for scores of 5 or better in Higher Level IB courses. Babson Curriculum/IB Exam Equivalents (pdf)

French Baccalaureate

French Baccalaureate credit and/or advanced course placement is awarded for a coefficient of 4 or higher with a score of 12 or above. Credit will be given for Economics, History and Geography, Mathematics, Philosophy, Language and Literature. An Official Transcript is required to receive credit for French Baccalaureate.

Swiss Maturité

Swiss Maturité credit and/or advanced course placement is awarded for scores of 4 or better.

​College Courses

College coursework completed while in high school will be considered for credit if the course(s) was offered by an accredited college or university, taught by a college professor, and the credits for the course(s) were not counted toward the student’s high school diploma and do not appear on the high school transcript. The course must also either be in a class made up of primarily college students or be delivered on, or in the case of distance or blended learning, from a college campus.

Coursework Taken Elsewhere after Enrollment

Once students enroll at Babson (by the May 1 Candidate’s Reply Date) they must take all of their coursework on campus with limited exceptions such as: cross-enrollment programs or approved Babson Education Abroad programs. Students may take a maximum of 12 credits off campus (not including official cross-enrollment or approved education abroad programs). Students who wish to take courses in the summer between their high school graduation and the start of their first year at Babson may do so, however, these courses will officially count towards the 12-credit limit for off campus courses. These credits are limited to courses not offered at Babson. Once the credits are complete students must submit the official transcript of the institution attended. Students who wish to take more courses than this limit allows may do so for enrichment purposes only; a maximum of 12 credits will be awarded to a student’s degree. To take advantage of these summer courses and to ensure that credit will be awarded, students must obtain prior approval for any course they plan to take from the Office of Academic Services. Two weeks’ notice is required for all off-campus approval requests to ensure adequate time for review.

Please note: Babson College does not accept any A Level Exam results. Babson College reserves the right to change these policies at any time, and without notice.