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About Advanced Placement Program Credit

FOR NEW STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THE 2024-2025 ACADEMIC YEAR (Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025)

  • To see AP credit in your academic record, please run a new DARS report.
  • Policies get reviewed every year and may change.
  • The course placement and academic credit policies that apply to you can be seen here.


  • Policies get reviewed every year and may change.
  • The course placement and academic credit policies that were in effect when you first enrolled at Illinois are the ones that apply to you. Please check the archives for your academic year to see whether you will get any credit for your exam score.
  • If you didn't have your scores sent, it is not too late to ask the College Board to send them. Our institution code is 1836. Standard delivery (as opposed to rush delivery) should be fine.

Requesting AP Credit:

Any credit you earn from the AP exams is automatically posted to your academic record upon receipt of your AP test scores. If you do not see any credit on your record, yet you know you had your AP scores sent and you know you scored high enough to earn credit, there was probably a problem matching your AP information with your Illinois information. Typical problems are apostrophes in a name (e.g., "O'Brien"), different spellings of a name (e.g., "Li Wei" vs. "Liwei") or variations of the same name (e.g., "Elizabeth" vs. "Beth"). You will need to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 217-333-0302 to resolve the discrepancy. Please be ready to provide them with your UIN.

If you did not originally request that your test results be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it is not too late to do so. You will have to contact the College Board and pay a fee to have them sent electronically. If your AP exam was taken more than 4 years ago, be sure to fill out the "Archived AP Score Request Form" and pay the higher fee. Our institution code is 1836.

Illinois will NOT accept paper score reports for manual data entry, nor will we process scores provided by the student (e.g., an email attachment showing their score report).

By the Way ...

Sometimes your AP test results will give you a higher course placement than your placement test results. If test results from your AP exam and your placement exam generate conflicting placement messages, you may follow the higher placement message. Please discuss your options with your academic advisor.

Illinois recognizes the value of the AP Program. Nevertheless, you should be aware that there are times when it is in your best interest to decline the test-based credit and take the actual course that corresponds to the AP credit. The course might better prepare you for the rigors of the next course in the sequence or might be required by a future graduate school. Consult with your academic advisor, as this decision will often depend on your academic goals.

FAQ: Learn about the law that requires credit be awarded for AP scores of 3, 4, and 5.


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