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NU ap credit/ course requirements prefrosh noob question?

SideburnsSideburns Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
edited February 2012 in Northwestern University
So, say that I've 5-ed
AP World Hist
AP US History
AP Psych
AP Micro
AP Human
AP Calc AB
AP Physics
AP English 11
AP English 12
AP Span
AP Bio
AP Euro
That adds up to...21 units not counting distro, right? <2012-2013>
And wait, I only need 45 of these to graduate??
I was under the assumption that I needed 120 of these to graduate, or is it different because it is a quarter system?
And can something count for elective credit AND distro requirements?
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Replies to: NU ap credit/ course requirements prefrosh noob question?

  • SideburnsSideburns Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    I don't see anything about AP elective credit limits here: <2012-2013>

    Can anyone confirm/deny this?
  • VivisteViviste Registered User Posts: 268 Junior Member
    It depends on the school/program you are applying for. Weinberg students apply AP credits in three ways.

    The first is the distribution requirement - there are six distribution areas and you are required to take two classes in each distribution area. That means you need 12 distribution classes. Of the 12 distros, you may use AP credits for two classes - reducing the number of classes required for that requirement to 10.

    The second is the degree(s) itself you're working towards. If you were an economics major - as I am - you would look at this page and this one together to figure out which requirements are fulfilled. You can use as many as apply to your degree program, with no limits, provided the AP credit counts for a class for the program. Keep in mind AP classes generally work as introductory courses in whatever field.

    Third would be how many credits out of the 45 you've satisfied - like you pointed out - but that one matters the least, mostly because you'll get pretty close to 45 for your distribution reqs/degree reqs anyways. There are some intricacies in how that works - read this section and this page. It is in fact capped at 12 credits. On the other hand, this could become more important and relevant if you decided to finish your degree/distros within the first three years and wanted to graduate early, in which case your AP credits would get you there.
    A student entering as a freshman may gain exemption from up to three quarters of the required residency through any combination of AP credit, IB programs, approved study abroad, “credit by examination” at Northwestern, and a maximum of four transfer credits from other (domestic) colleges or universities. Each four such credits confer one-quarter exemption from the URR.
  • nugraddadnugraddad Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    Unless that's AP Physics C it doesn't count. At least for McCormick. weinburg might have different rules.
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