Alternative Credit

International Baccalaureate

The College of Idaho has found International Baccalaureate (IB) students to be very successful during their tenure on campus. The College of Idaho appreciates the rigor and integrity of the IB curriculum. Therefore students who have completed the IB diploma with a minimum score of 28 will receive the following:

  • 30 units of credit toward graduation upon enrollment.
  • Preferred status for admission.
  • Enhanced opportunity for merit scholarships.

For those who earned the IB Diploma with scores lower than 28, College of Idaho credit will be awarded as follows:

IB Diploma Score/Points

C of I Credits









Credit toward completion of Graduation Requirements will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

For those who have taken IB courses but have not earned the IB Diploma, credit will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

High school students who enroll in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program and take Advanced Placement courses during their high school years will receive college credit based only on their Diploma score. If an AP exam is taken in an academic area not offered through the IB Diploma program, students may receive college credit at the discretion of the Registrar.

Advanced Placement

College Entrance Board Advanced Placement (AP)

High school graduates who receive scores of 3, 4, or 5 on College Entrance Board Advanced Placement Examinations may be granted placement and college credit in the appropriate subjects. Typically, AP courses cannot be used to satisfy Graduation Requirements unless approved by the department in which those credits are to be granted. However, even departments that do not customarily accept AP courses to satisfy a graduation requirement will consider appeals from students. Questions regarding specific course acceptance should be referred to the Registrar's Office at

Foreign Language Study: Concurrent and Transfer Credit

All students with previous foreign language study, a previous study-abroad residence, or other significant exposure to a foreign language must take a C of I approved test to determine their proficiency level for initial placement into a language course.

Students who are admitted to The College of Idaho with concurrent credit or credit transferred from other regionally accredited colleges and universities will begin their language study according to their proficiency placement test, regardless of concurrent or transfer credit coursework transcript indicators. If a student feels the placement is incorrect the student may petition the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department to retake the test, and, additionally, may complete a verbal interview and direct writing assessment with a designated MFL instructor. The instructor will then analyze data from all three sources to advise the student into the most appropriate course. If the initial placement results in the student retaking the same course(s), the student will receive general elective MFL-1XX credit for the concurrent or transfer coursework that duplicates courses consequentially taken for credit at the C of I. In such cases, the general elective credits will apply toward the number of credits required for graduation, but only a maximum of 10 credits will apply to the language major or minor requirements.

Likewise, College of Idaho students who participate in a study-abroad program and place into a course that duplicates their C of I coursework shall receive general elective credits, but such repeat credits will not apply toward a language major or minor.