Running Start & College Credit

Regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school, all students entering Western directly after high school graduation (excluding summer courses) are considered freshmen for admissions purposes. Freshmen entering with college credit, whether earned through college courses, AP, IB or Cambridge International curriculum are eligible for freshman scholarships and granted advanced standing and major course access when appropriate.

Running Start and College in the High School

Western Washington University will grant transfer credit the same for courses taken through Running Start or College in the High School as we would for transfer students, according to our transfer credit policies. For a list of in-state college courses that transfer, please visit our Transfer Course Equivalency Report.   

AP, IB, and Cambridge International Credit

Western Washington University Policies 

Western will grant up to a maximum of 45 credits for any combination of credit by examination, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations.

Advanced Placement

Western grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Credits are granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board according to the following equivalency chart. Tests no longer offered by the College Board are not included on the chart below, but will be granted credit for a score of three (3) or higher; contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

If you did not request a copy of your scores be sent to Western at the time of your examination(s), you will need to order your score report from the College Board. Western's AP code is 4947. To contact AP Services by phone, call (888) 225-5427.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, credit awarded is considered elective, contributing to the total number of credits required for graduation (180 quarter credits). For more information on General University Requirements (GUR), see Western's GUR list.

Department Subject Examination Minimum Score WWU Courses - GUR
(# of credits)
Art Studio Art: Drawing 3 Art electives
(4 credits)
Studio Art: 2D or 3D Design 3 Art electives
(4 credits)
Art History 3 Art electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
Biology Biology 3 Biology 101, 102 - Lab Science GUR
(8 credits)
Chemistry Chemistry 3 Chemistry 121, 122 - Lab Science GUR
(10 credits)
Computer Science Computer Science A/AB 3 Computer Science 141 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
Computer Science Principles 3 General electives (3 credits)
Economics Microeconomics 3 Economics 206 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
Macroeconomics 3 Economics 207 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
English English Literature & Composition 3 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Literature & Composition 4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
English Language & Composition 3 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits)
English Language & Composition 4 English electives - Humanities GUR
(4 credits) and
English 101 Communication Block A waived
Environmental Science Environmental Science 3 Environmental Science 101 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(3 credits)
Geography Human Geography 3 Environmental Studies 204 - Social Sciences GUR
(4 credits)
General Elective Capstone Program: AP Research 3 General Electives (3 credits)
General Elective Capstone Program: AP Seminar 3 General Electives (3 credits)
History U.S. History 3 History 103, 104 - Humanities GUR
(10 credits)
European History 3 History 113 - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
World History 3 History 123 - Humanities GUR
(5 credits)
Mathematics Calculus AB or BC* 3 Math electives - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(5 credits)
Statistics 3 Math 240 - Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning (Math) GUR
(4 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either AB or BC, but not both unless recommended by Mathematics Department after placement
Languages Language or Literature exam in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish* 3 101
(5 credits)
Same as above, minus Italian* 4 101, 102
(10 credits)
Italian Language & Culture 4 101 (5 credits) and
electives (5 credits)
*Students may receive credit for either language or literature, but not both
Music Music Theory 3 Music electives
(3 credits)
Physics Physics 1 3 Physics 114 - Non-Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics 2 3 Physics 115 - Lab Science GUR (5 credits)
Physics 1 + Physics 2 3 Physics 114, 115, 116 - Non-Lab Science GUR (5 credits), Lab Science GUR (10 credits)
Physics B 3 Physics 114 - Non-Lab Science GUR (5 credits)
Physics C: Mechanics 3 Physics 161 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 Physics 162 - Lab Science GUR
(5 credits)
Political Science U.S. Government & Politics 3 Political Science 250 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
Comparative Government & Politics 3 Political Science 291 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)
Psychology Psychology 3 Psychology 101 - Social Sciences GUR
(5 credits)

International Baccalaureate

Western Washington University will grant up to 15 credits for each approved higher level International Baccalaureate subject examination passed with a score of four (4) or above according to the chart below. Students who have passed higher level exams in subjects not listed on the chart will need to consult with the Office of Admissions. Such exams will be considered on an individual basis to determine eligibility for General University Requirement (GUR) or elective credit. Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded 15 credits distributed evenly among the GUR areas of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An additional 30 quarter credits may be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 4 or better, subject to maximum credit limits. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details. 

To earn credit, students must have an official Transcript of Grades sent directly from International Baccalaureate to Western's Office of Admissions. Email transcripts.ibna@ibo.org and provide your name, birth date or candidate reference number, high school, and the year the exams were taken, and ask that your scores be sent directly to Western's Office of Admissions.

Subject Exam Score WWU Credits
Arabic 4 or higher ARAB 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR
Biology 4 or higher

BIOL 101 - Lab Science (4 credits) and
BIOL elective (11 credits) Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Chemistry 4 or higher

CHEM elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Chinese 4 or higher

CHIN 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR

Computer Science 4 or higher CSCI elective (15 credits)

Economics

4 or higher

ECON elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR and
ECON elective (5 credits)

English

4 or higher

ENG 101 - Communication Block A GUR (5 credits) and
ENG elective Humanities GUR (10 credits)

French 4 or higher FREN 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR

Geography

4 or higher

ENVS elective (5 credits) Natural Science non-lab GUR and
ENVS elective (10 credits) Social Science GUR

German 4 or higher GERM 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR

History
The Americas

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block B GUR

History
European

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR

History
World

4 or higher

HIST elective (10 credits) Humanities GUR and
HIST elective (5 credits) CGM Block A GUR

Japanese 4 or higher JAPN 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR
Italian 4 or higher ITAL 101 (5 credits) and ITAL elective (10 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR
Latin 4 or higher

LAT 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR

Mathematics

4 or higher

Math elective (5 credits)
Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning GUR

Philosophy 4 or higher

PHIL elective (6 credits)
Humanities GUR

Physics

4 or higher

PHYS elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Natural Science GUR

Psychology

4 or higher

PSY elective (5 credits)
Social Science GUR

Russian 4 or higher RUSS 101 (5 credits), RUSS 120 (5 credits) and RUSS elective (5 credits)                             Satisfies Communication Block B GUR
Spanish 4 or higher SPAN 101, 102, 103 (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR
Swahili 4 or higher General Elective (15 credits)
Satisfies Communication Block B GUR

Washington Statewide IB Policy

(Please see Western-specific policies above)

IB Exam Minimum Credit  

The public baccalaureate sector will grant at a minimum elective credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level exams completed with a score of five (5) or higher, with exceptions. May be subject to maximum credit limits. Limited credit is granted by Central Washington University and Evergreen for some standard level exams. Please contact the institution for additional details. 

IB Exam Diploma and Credits Awarded

The public baccalaureate sector recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma and awards up to 45 quarter credits (30 semester credits). With the receipt of a Diploma, credit will be awarded for three courses (15 quarter credits) and distributed evenly among the three general education areas (natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities). An additional 30 quarter credits (20 semester credits) can be awarded in the areas of the student’s higher level subject exams with a score of 5 or better. Please contact the institution for additional details. 

Cambridge International Exams

Western Washington University will grant 15 credits for approved A-level examinations and 7.5 credits for approved AS-level examinations with passing grades of A-E, subject to the 45 credit maximum. Credit will not be granted for both an A-level and an AS-level exam in the same subject area. Some exams may also apply to GUR. Students should submit official results of the Cambridge International Exams to the Office of Admissions for determination of transfer credit. If your exams were completed within the U.S., please complete the Cambridge Examination Results Transcript Request Form [pdf] to request scores. For exams completed outside the U.S., visit the Results Services website to request scores.