Credit for Coursework Prior to WashU
You may be able to receive college credit based on AP, IB, British A-Level scores, or college coursework earned before your enrollment at Washington University as a first-year student. If your work meets the requirements it can be applied toward a degree. A maximum of 15 units of credit may be counted toward any undergraduate degree. These units will count toward graduation, but will not meet general curriculum requirements.
AP, IB, & A-level Exam Credit
To receive credit for AP test scores, we must receive your scores directly from the College Board. Details on how to send your scores can be found on the College Board site. Washington University’s College Code is 6929.
To receive credit for IB or British A-Level tests, please submit your test scores to: Freshman Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1117, Saint Louis, MO 63130-4899
The AP, IB, and A-Level policies are listed below. No department at Washington University offers absolute credit for AP scores lower than 4 without further study.
Foreign Language & Calculus Back Credit
Students who place into and satisfactorily complete higher-level courses at Washington University may be eligible to earn units of Back Credit for preceding courses per the department's review and approval. Credit is not awarded twice if a student has already earned the Back Credit units from transfer credit or AP scores.
College Courses Prior to WashU
The academic policy of the College of Arts & Sciences permits the transfer of credit earned at other colleges and universities while in high school if:
- The course is one for which credit would normally be awarded.
- The course was taken at a fully accredited college or university.
- The course was not part of a high school/college dual credit program and the course was:
- taught on the campus of a college or university
- enrolled primarily by duly matriculated college students--i.e. high school graduates
- taught by a college faculty member
- The course was taken after the sophomore year of high school.
- This course did not count toward the high school graduation requirement.
All conditions must be satisfied in order for a course to qualify for credit. If any one condition is not satisfied, the College of Arts & Sciences will not award credit.
The maximum total of transferable credits from AP and/or college courses is 15.
The following documents must be received prior to credit evaluation.
- Completed Request for Washington University Credit
Complete the Part I of the form and ask the Registrar at the school where you took the courses to complete Part II. [Download]
- Course Description
Provide course description or course syllabus for each course.
Submit an official transcript bearing the Registrar's seal or its equivalent to Washington University.
Please send all documentation listed above to:
First-Year Transcript Evaluation
College of Arts & Sciences
Washington University, Box 1117
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Credit for Non-WashU Courses
Non- WashU Course Credit
Arts & Sciences students wishing to earn credit for coursework taken at another institution need approval from the College Office before they are eligible to receive credit.
The following exceptions require direct contact with the Office of Overseas Programs (email@example.com):
- Coursework being taken through a WUSTL study abroad program.
- Coursework through another US organization's study abroad program.
- International students who plan to take summer coursework in a country that is not your country of citizenship or parents’ residence.
These policies apply to non-WUSTL courses:
- Online or other distance learning courses will not be granted transfer credit.
- You must take the course for a letter grade and earn a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer credit.
- Grades earned at other institutions will not be included in your WUSTL gpa.
- Non-WUSTL course work may not be used to satisfy Arts & Sciences distribution requirements.
- Upon receipt of an official transcript from the non-WUSTL school, approved credit will be awarded.
- Download the PDF form.
- Attach a course description for each course you are planning to take.
- For each course, indicate if the class is to count for general credit or for a major/minor.
- If the course is in Chemistry or Physics please use these links for additional important information.
- If credit is for a major/minor, secure approval from your major advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department.
- Submit the completed form with departmental approval as needed to the College of Arts & Sciences, 104 Cupples II.
- After successfully completing your course(s), please arrange to have your official transcript sent to: Student Records Assistant, College of Arts & Sciences, Campus Box 1117, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Additional Instructions for International Students who are:
- An undergraduate student studying at WUSTL on a student visa.
- Planning to take summer coursework at a recognized institution of higher education in your country of citizenship or country of parents’ residence.
- Submit the Approval for Non-WUSTL Course Credit form to the College Office and make sure you share translated copies, as needed, if any documents are written in another language.
- After submitting your form to the College Office, you must register your plans on the Office of Overseas Programs' Global Opportunities website. The deadline to register is May 15.
- Once you receive approval from the College Office for your coursework, you must upload a copy of the completed and approved form to the Global Opportunities website.
Return to the Site
- Students who do not complete both the course approval and registry process by the deadline will not be eligible for credit.
- Make sure an official copy of your transcript is sent to the College of Arts & Sciences (do NOT send transcript to Admissions, your academic advisor, or the Registrar's Office). You may hand deliver the transcript to the College Office in 104 Cupples II, in a sealed envelope from the institution. If necessary, please provide a certified translation of the transcript.
How to get Internship Credit
You can gain academic credit (pass/fail) for an internship if the following criteria are met:
- You must have a faculty sponsor and a site supervisor.
- A faculty sponsor is an Arts & Sciences faculty member in a department related to your internship. This person’s area of expertise should serve as an academic lens that allows you to connect your internship to the work you are doing as a student in the College of Arts & Sciences.
- You must complete a Learning Agreement with the faculty sponsor and site supervisor no later than two weeks after the first day of the internship.
- You must work the following number of hours per credit:
- One credit = 45+ hours over six weeks or more
- Two credits = 90+ hours over six weeks or more
- Three credits = 135+ hours over eight weeks or more
To receive credit, follow these steps:
- Complete the Learning Agreement.
- Register for the course number as advised by your faculty sponsor.
- For most summer internships, you may register for the credit the following fall semester.
- For all internships, you must register by the appropriate semester add/drop date.
- For General Studies credit, write one double‐spaced reflection paper and turn it in via e‐mail to Maya Ganapathy. Students must also complete all assessment activities assigned by their faculty sponsor.
Please note the following limits on internship credit:
- You can earn up to three credits for an internship during a semester or summer.
- You can count up to six credits for internships toward your total credits for graduation.
- Some departments offer internship credit. Please consult this list for eligibility criteria.
Questions? Contact Maya Ganapathy, an assistant dean in the College Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take time away from WashU
From time to time students want to take time away from their studies at Washington University.
Request a Medical Leave of Absence
During your time at Washington University in St. Louis, you may experience life situations, medical conditions, or psychological conditions that significantly impair your ability to function successfully or safely as a student. In these instances, time away from the university for treatment and recovery can often restore your functioning to a level that will enable you to participate fully in academic coursework and the university community.
Take Time Away for Study Abroad
All Art & Sciences students who wish to take a leave from Washington University to study abroad with a program not approved by WU need to complete a leave of absence request through Overseas Programs.
Request a Leave of Absence
From time to time students want to take time away from their studies at Washington University. When you take a Leave of Absence from the University you have the option to return at a later date.
Request a Withdrawal from WashU
If you are an undergraduate who has transferred to another college or university, please complete the request to withdraw from Washington University.
Return from a Leave of Absence
If you have been on a leave of absence, you need to complete paperwork to return to the University.
Reinstatement from a Medical Leave of Absence
Reinstatement from an approved Medical Leave of Absence must be requested through Student Health & Counseling Service. If you are applying to return for a fall semester, applications must be received between June 1-July 1. For a spring semester return, applications must be received between November 1-December 1.
Reinstatement from a Leave of Absence
Please complete and submit the Reinstatement Form at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Transfer into or out of ArtSci
Transferring Into Arts & Sciences
In order to transfer to the College of Arts & Sciences from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Olin Business School, or the School of Engineering & Applied Science, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and be in good academic standing. Students not meeting these criteria will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Each student's record should also support the conclusion that they will be able to complete an Arts & Sciences major as well as Arts & Sciences degree requirements within a typical time frame. All transfers must be requested by the last day of final exams of the semester before the effective semester.
To request a transfer, log in to WebSTAC and select "Academics/Change WU School." This process requires meeting with and receiving approval from the transfer deans of Arts & Sciences and the incoming school. Contact information for the deans is provided during the request process at WebSTAC.
Transferring Out of Arts & Sciences
In order to transfer to the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Olin Business School, or the School of Engineering & Applied Science, students in the College of Arts & Sciences should meet with a dean or academic advisor in the school to which they are considering a transfer to review all academic requirements. Students are encouraged to consult their Arts & Sciences four-year advisor for additional support. All transfers must be requested by the last day of final exams of the semester before the effective semester.
To request a transfer, log in to WebSTAC and select "Academics/Change WU School." This process requires meeting with and receiving approval from the transfer deans of Arts & Sciences and the incoming school. Contact information for the deans is provided during the request process at WebSTAC.
Policy Exception Request
At times students may wish to request an exception to certain College of Arts & Sciences policies.
Complete the Policy Exception Form for this request.
Academic Integrity Policy
All undergraduates are governed by the Undergraduate Student Academic Integrity Policy. For information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences please see the sections below.
Academic Integrity Committee
If a student is alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct in an undergraduate Arts & Sciences course, the case will be decided by the College’s Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). The AIC evaluates academic integrity complaints and renders decisions as to whether a student has violated the academic integrity policy. The members of the committee are students and faculty. The Academic Integrity Officer (AIO) for the College of Arts & Sciences coordinates the committee, works with the instructor and student throughout the process, chairs the hearing, and informs parties of the decision. The AIO does not have a vote—only the students and faculty decide the cases. A hearing panel is typically two faculty members and two students, though with the approval of both complainant and respondent a panel of one student and one faculty is acceptable.
The role of the committee is to provide instructors and students an objective process to evaluate complaints, to ensure fairness and consistency regarding academic integrity complaints across departments, and to enable the university to document incidents of dishonesty in a central location (Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards) so that repeat offenders can be identified across schools.
Arts and Sciences Academic Integrity statistics can be found here.
Academic Integrity Complaint Procedures
These procedures apply to Arts & Sciences undergraduates as well as to undergraduate students from other schools and colleges who enroll in Arts & Sciences courses.
Any instructor may initiate and carry out the complaint process by following the guidelines outlined below.
Students should familiarize themselves with the process, so they can ensure fair proceedings, appeal findings if appropriate, and protect their right to privacy within the limits outlined below.
Making a Complaint
Any member of the university community may file an academic integrity complaint. Students who observe an act of academic dishonesty are strongly advised to make the violation known to the course instructor or seek guidance from the AIO of the school in which the incident occurred. Teaching assistants who suspect academic dishonesty has occurred should report the incident to the supervising instructor.
Instructors report academic misconduct by bringing academic integrity complaints to the AIO. Instructors often consult with the AIO about the nature of the complaint, the quality and quantity of evidence in support of it, and the procedure. The most frequent types of complaints are plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, changing exam answers and requesting a regrade, use of unauthorized materials or unauthorized collaboration during an exam, and misrepresentation of health issues or personal life circumstances to gain academic advantage. If the instructor seeks assistance with acquiring evidence, such as student records or other university records, then the AIO, as an officer of the university, may assist the instructor in that effort. If the incident occurs at the end of the semester, the instructor should not post a grade until the complaint is resolved.
An academic integrity complaint must include:
- A summary of the complaint in letter or memo form explaining the basis for suspicion of academic dishonesty
- Supporting evidence (e.g. source material, copies of original exam and resubmitted exam, other student’s work which resembles the exam/assignment in question, a list of witnesses)
- A copy of the assignment or exam
- The course syllabus
After review, the AIO will advise the instructor on whether the materials are substantial enough to support the complaint.
Notifying the Student
If the evidence supports the complaint, the AIO will notify the student by email and ask the student to meet to review the complaint and all available supporting materials. At this time, the student may ask the AIO questions about the academic integrity policy, hearing procedure, and the implications of sanctions (both immediate and long-term). Arrangements to speak over the phone can be made if the student is unable to meet with the AIO in person. If the student wishes to acknowledge responsibility and waive their right to a hearing, they may do so. The AIO will record the decision, notify the Office of Student Conduct, and inform the instructor of the outcome.
Preparing for a Hearing
If the student requests a hearing, the AIO will notify the instructor, schedule the hearing, and assemble a panel to hear the complaint. In order to substantiate their case and respond to the charges made against them, the student will provide the AIO with a written statement and any supporting evidence or list of witnesses at least 5 business days prior to the hearing date (e.g. if the hearing is scheduled for a Friday, the materials must be received by 5 pm on the Friday prior). If the instructor wishes to provide additional materials or add witnesses, the same deadline applies. The AIO will exclude materials submitted after the deadline; the AIO may rule out of order any argument in the hearing that refers to materials not submitted by the deadline.
The AIO will provide access to all materials to both parties for their review. If either party has an objection to any of the materials or witness that objection must be made no later than 3 business days prior to the hearing. The AIO will provide a prompt ruling on objections unless significant consultation with the Office of General Counsel is required. In rare cases, an objection of significant complexity may result in a delay or a rescheduling of the hearing.
The AIO will then provide the panel with access to the complaint materials at least one day prior to the hearing.
Prior to the beginning of a hearing, the AIO will meet with the committee members to ask if there are any questions. Once questions are resolved, the AIO will bring the instructor and student into the hearing room together. Both the instructor and student are allowed to have a supporter at the hearing (e.g. four-year advisor, another student, relative, faculty or staff member). The supporter may not participate in the hearing.
After introductions are made, the AIO will describe the procedure, outlined below.
- The instructor will summarize the complaint. The committee will ask the instructor questions. The student may ask the instructor questions.
- The student will summarize their prepared response. The committee will ask the student questions. The instructor may ask the student questions.
- Witnesses, if called, will be brought into the hearing at the appropriate time, and asked to leave once the committee determines that the witnesses have made their contribution to the hearing.
Once the committee determines that it has no more questions, the AIO will inform the instructor and student that their part in the hearing is concluded. The committee will deliberate after the instructor and student leave the hearing room. If the committee decides that the evidence more likely than not supports a finding that the student violated the academic integrity policy, the committee will then be asked to determine which penalties should be imposed.
If they find that the student has not violated the academic integrity policy, the hearing is concluded, and the AIO will notify the instructor, the student, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards of the outcome.
Once the instructor receives notification of the outcome, they may enter the appropriate grade.
If either the instructor or student wishes to appeal the committee’s decision, they must contact the Office of Student Conduct and Student Conduct in writing within 14 days of the decision. The chair of the SCB will review the appeal and may send the matter back to the AIC for re-hearingor convene the Student Conduct Board to hear the matter and make a determination. Appeals are governed by Section VII. C. of the University Judicial Code.
Penalties for Academic Integrity Violations
If the student is found to have violated the academic integrity policy, the finding of the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) will be reported to the instructor, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. If the student is not an Arts & Sciences undergraduate, the student’s school of enrollment will also be notified. The AIO will send the student a letter of finding, which will become part of the student’s file. If the AIC determines that the student’s behavior was especially egregious, it may place the student on disciplinary probation for a period of time. The minimum length of disciplinary probation is one semester. Any disciplinary probation must also be for a fixed length of time—it cannot be imposed indefinitely.
Withdrawing from the course will not prevent the Academic Integrity Officers (AIOs) or AIC from adjudicating the case and imposing sanctions.
If the student has prior violations of the academic integrity policy, then the AIO will notify the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) members only after the hearing and if they find the student in violation of the policy. The AIO will then ask the AIC to refer the student for penalty to the University’s Student Conduct Board (SCB), the only body that may impose suspension or expulsion for an academic integrity violation. In such cases, the College is the complainant and the AIO will make the case to the SCB. The AIO may call the instructor as a witness.
Special note regarding grade penalties
The instructor has final determination regarding the grade penalty. The instructor may ask the AIO or department chair for guidance before they determine a penalty. If the student wishes to dispute the grade penalty, they may contact first, the department chair or program director, and second, the student ombudsperson. Please be aware that failures of the assignment or lowering of the final course grade are not atypical grade penalties and are well within university norms.
Recordkeeping and Privacy
The Academic Integrity Officer (AIO), in conjunction with the Student Records Coordinator, maintains confidential records of complaints, hearings, and decisions. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards keeps records of decisions made by the Academic Integrity Committee (AIC). These records are kept indefinitely.
Records of the AIC are student records. They are closely held, available only to the AIOs, the Registrar and Assistant Registrar for the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Instructors are not informed of any prior violations a student may have when they make a complaint; the AIC panel does not know of any prior violations until after it renders a decision. Letters of finding, suspension, and expulsion are part of the student file, which may be seen by a student’s four-year advisor or any employee who has just cause to have access to a student’s record.
Please note that graduate and professional schools, professional organizations, and employers may ask the College to disclose a student’s record of academic violations.
At the end of each semester, in recognition of exceptional scholarship, the College Office compiles a list of those students whose work has been particularly worthy of commendation. Students will be cited on the Dean’s List if they complete a minimum of 14 units of graded work while achieving a grade point average of 3.6 for the semester. No incomplete or "N" grades may be outstanding as part of the semester record. All work must be completed and grades posted by the first day of the following semester in order to be considered for Dean’s List. For Spring semester courses, all work must be completed by the beginning of Summer Session II (typically mid-June).
Upon assessment by the College Office, the A.B. with College Honors will be awarded to students who achieve college-wide academic excellence as measured by a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or better throughout eight semesters, but who do not receive Latin Honors.
Latin Honors are determined on the basis of a student’s performance throughout eight semesters in the college. To be eligible for such honors, the student must have maintained a 3.65 grade point average through the sixth semester and must be accepted for candidacy by the relevant department or area committee. Latin Honors candidates must enroll in such courses as their department or interdisciplinary committee may require, satisfactorily complete a significant project appropriate to the nature of the discipline, and pass such written and/or oral examinations as the department or area committee may set.
Upon certification by the department that the Honors program has been satisfactorily completed, the student may be awarded the A.B. cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude according to the following proportions: the top 15 percent in overall grade point average of Latin honors candidates who complete the necessary requirements of their major departments will graduate summa cum laude; the next 35 percent magna cum laude; the next 50 percent cum laude.
To be eligible for Latin Honors, transfer students must have earned a minimum of 48 letter-graded Washington University units prior to the final semester. Grades earned at other institutions do not figure in the calculation of minimum averages required for eligibility for Latin Honors.
What is an incomplete grade and how long will I have it?
By action of the Faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences and the ArtSci Council, the college limits the number of accrued grades of Incomplete (I). The policy is intended to protect the student from building an overwhelming burden of unfulfilled course work. The regulation reads as follows: “Students who accrue three or more Incompletes will not be permitted to enroll for any subsequent semester until the number is reduced to two or fewer.” Should students have too many Incompletes, they will be declared ineligible for subsequent semesters until they have complied with the regulation. Compliance is normally achieved by the posting of grades online, but it also may be achieved by a note from the professor(s) to the College Office confirming that the student has turned in all requisite assignments for the relevant class(es).
If a student experiences medical or personal problems that make satisfactory completion of course work difficult or unlikely, s/he may request a grade of Incomplete (I) from one or more instructors. In such a situation, the student should take the following steps:
- Meet with the instructor before the final examination or due date for the final paper to discuss the request.
- If the instructor consents, agree on the work remaining to complete the course and on a date when it will be submitted.
If these steps are not followed, the instructor is under no obligation to award a grade of I. Failure to submit completed work by the last day of classes of the next full semester will result in the I grade being changed automatically to a grade of F. For spring semester courses, this will be the last day of summer classes, typically mid-August.
How many majors/minors can I have?
A student may receive no more than a total of two majors and one minor or one major and two minors.
Can I repeat a course to get a better grade?
Students whose performance in a course has not met their expectations are permitted to retake the course, receive a second grade, and have the symbol R, denoting the retake, placed next to the grade for the first enrollment. The course should be retaken for the same grade option as that for which the course was originally taken. All registrations will show on the transcript; however, only the grade and units of the final enrollment will be used to calculate the GPA.
Please note: This procedure is not pedagogically sound and should be avoided in all but serious cases, such as a grade of D in a course required for the major.
If the first enrollment was for a letter grade, the second and subsequent enrollments must be for a letter grade in order for the retake policy to be invoked. Except in the case of a retake of an unsuccessful audit, the retake policy will not be invoked if the grade option for any of the enrollments is audit.
No student may use the retake option to replace a failing course grade received as a sanction for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.
To retake a College of Arts & Sciences course in University College, either during the summer or during the regular academic year, requires the department to certify in advance the course’s equivalence to the College of Arts & Sciences course.
Can I take courses through University College?
Students in the College may enroll in course work offered by University College as long as they do not exceed one course a semester and a maximum total of 24 units. University College courses are subject to the degree requirement that stipulates only 30 units from any of the other schools of the university may be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree. University College courses do not fulfill distribution requirements and can only count for a major or minor with approval from the relevant department. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences do not receive credit for online courses offered by University College.
Can I register for graduate level (500 and above) courses?
Yes, undergraduates are allowed to register for graduate level courses. However, these courses are designed for students pursuing graduate degrees. If you are interested in a specific course, be sure to contact the instructor first to ensure your enrollment will be approved.
How many credits can I take pass/fail at WU?
To encourage students to enroll in courses they might not otherwise take, the faculty has established the credit/no credit option under which a student may register in courses and receive a grade of credit (CR) or no credit (NCR). In any semester, a full-time student may enroll in one course under the credit/no credit option. A maximum of 24 units earned under this option may be applied toward the A.B. degree. Students must designate which course is to be taken under the credit/no credit option each semester at the time of registration. No change into or out of the option may be made after the dates designated in the calendar of the College of Arts & Sciences, published each semester.
No more than 12 of the 24 units allowed for the credit/no credit option may be applied to area distribution requirements.
It is the student's responsibility to discuss with the faculty member what constitutes a successful pass/credit in a particular course. Although the general pass mark is a C–, instructors have the discretion to set the pass mark higher in their individual courses.
The first-year writing course, the writing-intensive course, the applied numeracy course, and courses in the major and minor are excluded from the credit/no credit option. Pre-professional and prospective graduate students should also consider seriously the strong probability that professional schools may seek more definite grades than CR in courses that are required or strongly recommended for admission to professional or graduate study.
A few courses particularly designated by departments may require enrollment on a credit/no credit basis. When so required, students are permitted to elect an additional course to be taken credit/no credit but should consider carefully the consequences of that choice.
What happens if I miss a class?
Successful education at the college level depends to a large extent on regular attendance at classes and laboratories. The College of Arts & Sciences has no fixed rules for “cuts” or “excused absences” but leaves to the judgment of each department or instructor the number of absences of any kind a student may have and still expect to pass a course. The faculty expects each instructor to give reasonable consideration to unavoidable absences and to the feasibility of making up missed work. The student is expected to explain to instructors the reasons for such absences and to discuss the possibility of completing missed assignments.
Are there other Arts & Sciences policies I should know about?
For a list of all ArtSci policies, visit the Bulletin.
Important University Policies for Students
Student Grievance Policy
Washington University is committed to assuring that appropriate options are available to students with grievances against faculty members, including grievances involving discrimination and/or discriminatory harassment. For full information, visit the Grievance Policy and Procedures page.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects student information. For full information, visit the Office of the University Registrar.
Support for Veterans & Military
The university is committed to ensuring the success of all military personnel and veterans in their pursuit of attitudes, skills and habits of lifelong learning and leadership. For full information about support for military personnel and veterans, view the Veterans and Military page.