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Advanced Standing Credit

Incoming first-year students may be able to transfer up to 30 credits. Below is a summary of our policies.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

If you enroll in an AP class in high school and take the official AP exam, we may award college credit for AP scores of 4 or 5 in most subjects other than Computer Science Principles, English, AP Seminar and AP Research. Official score reports must be received directly from the College Board. A list of AP equivalencies approved for credit at Bentley can be found here.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Credit may be awarded for most International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level subjects with a score of 5 or better on the official exam, with the exception of any English and Business and Management courses. For any class designated as an IB course in your high school record, your results must be received directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

College Credit

College courses taken at the college will be considered for credit under typical transfer credit guidelines.

Those guidelines include:

  • Courses did not count towards high school graduation requirements
  • Completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or non-U.S. institution recognized by the Ministry of Education
  • Equivalent to 3 or more semester credit hours
  • Final grade of a C or higher

College courses will be considered for credit if offered online or on a college campus, provided the above guidelines are met. Courses offered at a high school will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

Please note that business courses taken in this context may not transfer due to our unique interdisciplinary general business core curriculum.

Additional Examinations

If you are completing other curricula, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing credit depending on your official examination results, course syllabi and subjects taken. Credit may be awarded for the following programs (this list may not be exhaustive):

  • GCE Advanced-level examinations with a grade of C or better
  • German Abitur exams with a score of 7 or higher
  • Swiss Federal Maturite exams
  • French Baccalaureate exams with a coefficient of 4 or higher with a score of 11 or higher
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the second year only
  • Singaporean Advanced-level exams
  • Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto  
  • Italian Maturita
  • Danish Studentereksamen
  • Canadian (Quebec) two-year CEGEP
  • Hong Kong HKALE
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate
  • Icelandic Studentsprof - Menntaskoli exams

Please note: College credit will not be given for CLEP/Excelsior (Credit by Exam or Prior Learning) exams.

A Special Note About English Coursework

The university has a very strong commitment to providing our students with opportunities to develop their communication skills. Written expression represents an important component of this effort, and serves as a critical foundation for students’ undergraduate studies as well as their future professional endeavors. To that end, all first-years will be required to take two semesters of Expository Writing at Bentley. As a result:

  • Secondary school English courses/exams taken at an advanced level, such as AP, IB, A Level, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, and CAPE, will not receive credit.
  • If a student takes an English Composition course at a college or university, s/he may be eligible for credit if the course does not count towards high school graduation requirements and if the course meets the aforementioned transfer credit guidelines. Students enrolling in the Honors program are required to take EXP 101, Expository Writing I at Bentley. 

Requirements and Deadlines

To apply for advanced standing credit, you must submit all credentials by October 15, 2021, if you are enrolling in the fall term. All test scores, transcripts and other information should be sent directly from the issuing institution to our office. If results are not in English, supporting translations are needed.

A maximum of 30 credits from all sources of advanced standing credit may be awarded.

We reserve the right to adjust our advanced standing credit policies at any time.

Please note: These policies are for the incoming class of 2021 and beyond.