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Advanced Placement Program (AP)

This program, administered by the College Board, is designed for college-bound high school students who wish to demonstrate their readiness for courses that first-year college students typically do not enroll in. College credit is awarded to students who earn sufficiently high grades on the examinations covering basic first-year course subject matter. The university encourages high school students to enroll in these courses and to take available examinations in one or more subjects.

It is the student's responsibility to have official grade reports sent from College Board to the Office of Admissions before credit can be awarded.

See the University Catalog for details.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

The University of Illinois at Chicago will award credit on the basis of scores from several International Baccalaureate examinations: anthropology, biological sciences, chemistry, Latin, economics, English, French, geography, German, history, music, philosophy, physics, psychology and Spanish. Students who wish to have such examination scores evaluated should request an official transcript from the International Baccalaureate program or have their high school send an official score transcript to the Office of Admissions (M/C 018), The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607.

See the University Catalog for details.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

UIC may award credit on the basis of scores earned on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit on the basis of CLEP examination scores may be applied toward degree requirements.

Examinations may provide credit only with prior written approval from the appropriate college and department. Individual colleges may limit credit allowed. Students should consult their college and/or department for permission and required scores before taking any CLEP examination. The exam must be administered by the UIC Office of Testing Services. Exam scores from other institutions are not accepted.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires a minimum score of 65 for all examinations.

CLEP tests are regularly administered on campus by the Office of Testing Services. For further information on CLEP examinations, call the UIC Testing Service at (312) 996-3477.

State Seal of Biliteracy

UIC will award credit to students earning the State Seal of Biliteracy beginning in Fall 2017.  Students who present appropriate documentation of the seal to their advisor within three years of high school graduation will be awarded UIC proficiency credit.

See the State Seal of Biliteracy section of the University Catalog for details.