Students with AP, IB, or Cambridge University International exam scores have options to apply them as credits on their transcript. Additionally, academic advisers may extend options to apply dual-credit coursework toward Trinity University course credit.

Credit by Exam Policies

All credit by examination is recorded on the student’s permanent record as credit (CR) without a grade and becomes part of the official transcript. Transfer credit will not be allowed for credit by examination that does not meet Trinity’s requirements.

All credit by examination must be earned only in disciplines in which the student has not already earned credit in courses more advanced than the level of the examination. Credit by examination may not be duplicated by subsequent enrollment in an equivalent course for credit. Upon recommendation by the student’s faculty adviser and with the approval of the appropriate department, the Registrar may delete credit by examination from the permanent record to allow the student to take the equivalent course for credit.

Credit earned by examination satisfies many degree requirements in the same way as credit earned by passing the course, except that it does not count as credit earned in residence.

Students may not use credit by examination toward the Approaches to Creation and Analysis and/or the Interdisciplinary Cluster requirements in the Pathways curriculum.


*FL = Foreign Language, GA = Global Awareness, DL = Digital Literacy
**Student must petition the department laboratory for credit in physics
***AP score of 3 will satisfy Pathways Foreign Language requirement though no credit hours are awarded