Credit is awarded for scores of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) exams; for scores of 6 or 7 on Higher-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; and for comparable scores on British A-Level exams. Exams based on year-long courses receive one credit; exams based on semester-long courses receive one-half course credit. Credit is not granted for exams that duplicate each other, such as AP and IB English Literature.

There is no limit to the number of exams that may be awarded credit, but credit received for advanced standing does not supersede the College’s requirement of 30 post-college-matriculation courses. In effect, regardless of the number of AP/IB exams that are eligible for and awarded credit, no more than two of them can apply to the credits needed for graduation.

The Language Requirement

The graduation requirement for a language other than English is satisfied in one of the following eight ways:

1.  By passing the third semester or higher of a language or literature course at Pomona College (or an approved equivalent course at another eligible institution) in a language other than English. If a literature course is selected, it may not be in translation.

2.  By earning a score of 4 or 5 on an AP examination in a language other than English.

3.  For languages other than English and Chinese, by earning a score of 6 or 7 on an International Baccalaureate (IB) Language B Higher Level (HL) or Language A (Standard Level or Higher Level) exam.

4.  By earning a score of 650 or higher on the College Board SAT Subject test in a language other than English (Listening tests are not eligible). Exams which significantly test in Romanized writing (instead of or in addition to native orthography) do not satisfy the language requirement (Chinese, Japanese and Korean exams).

5.  By earning a grade of at least B on an A-level or equivalent exam in a language other than English, Chinese or Japanese.

6.  By presentation of a foreign school diploma verifying a non-English language as a primary language of instruction, through the eighth grade, or any year above the eighth grade.

7.  In the case of Chinese and Japanese, by achieving a grade of C- or higher on the final exam for the third-semester course, administered by the Pomona Department of Asian Languages and Literatures; in the case of Korean, by passing a proficiency examination administered by the CMC Korean faculty.  

8.  For languages not offered at the Claremont Colleges, by the successful completion of a Foreign Language Resource Center-approved proficiency exam that is offered by a faculty member or instructor teaching that language at another accredited college or university; that tests reading, writing and speaking literacies; and that verifies the student’s preparedness to enter the fourth semester of college-level language instruction.

Departmental Specifics

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive, and students should contact the appropriate academic department directly to inquire about AP credits.

Asian Languages and Literatures

Any entering student who has previously learned Chinese or Japanese and plans to study either language must take a placement examination. This includes students who have received credit for AP exams in the language.

Major in Computer Science

CSCI 30 and 51 are designed for students who have no experience in programming. Students who have AP or similar preparation may enter directly into either 52 or 62 if they have knowledge of the programming language that was used the previous semester in 51.

Major in Economics

The Economics Department offers placement examinations for students who have done well in coursework in macroeconomics or microeconomics prior to coming to college, and who would like to try to place out of Economics 51 or 52 (Principles: Microeconomics).


Statistical Methods for Clinical Trials Data has a prerequisite: either 58, 152, ECON 57, PSYC 158 or AP Statistics.


Advanced Introductory Astronomy has a prerequisite: AP Physics or PHYS 41 or 70.

Major in Psychology

A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Psychology exam may be substituted for the PSYC 51 requirement.

Major in Spanish

Spanish 101, or a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Literature exam, is a prerequisite for courses numbered 110 or above.