Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Policies at Ontario Universities

(Last updated and verified 2020-02-23)

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available to high school students in a variety of subject areas. These exams are typically at the difficulty level of first year university courses, and therefore Ontario universities often award university level credit for earning high scores on these exams.

Most schools have an AP credit policy that states both the maximum number of university credits a student may earn through AP testing (often 2 – 3, but sometimes more) as well as the minimum score required to earn a university credit (usually a 4 or a 5 out of 5).

AP exams are offered once per year in May only at AP-participating high schools. In the Greater Toronto Area, Bronte College in Mississauga has been very welcoming to homeschoolers wishing to write AP exams.

Public Institutions

Algoma University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.algomau.ca/admissions/admissions-requirements/

Advanced Placement Admission Guidelines

Applicants who have completed AP exams with a minimum final grade of 4 will be eligible to receive university credits for up to a maximum of 12 credits (or two full courses).

To inquire about AP eligibility, please contact admissions@algomau.ca.

Brock University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://brocku.ca/admissions/advanced-placement/

Advanced Placement secondary school student

Advanced placement courses may be used to determine admissibility and granting of transfer credit or exemption. If you have completed advanced placement courses as part of an appropriate secondary school credential, and submit an examination grade of 4 on individual results, you may be eligible to receive a maximum of 2.0 Brock credits. An official AP transcript is required for the evaluation process.

Email futurestudent@brocku.ca for information regarding course equivalencies.

From past versions of the website, the AP exams that may be considered for credit are:

  • Calculus AB & BC
  • Chemistry
  • Human Geography
  • Physics B & C
  • Psychology
  • (possibly Environmental Science)

Carleton University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://admissions.carleton.ca/apply/transfer-credit/transferadvanced-standing-credit-ap/

Applicants who complete AP exams with a minimum grade of 4 will be granted advanced standing credit, subject to the discretion of the appropriate Faculty, to a maximum of 3.0 credits. Advanced standing will be assessed upon presentation of official AP exam results.

Lakehead University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.lakeheadu.ca/studentcentral/applying/general-admission-requirements/ontario-high-school-student/advanced-placement

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) results may be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. You are still required to complete a recognized high school diploma (e.g. Ontario Secondary School Diploma) in addition to your AP courses. If you have achieved a minimum grade of 4 on certain advanced placement exams, you may be eligible to receive university credit. Engineering programs are not eligible for AP transfer credit consideration.

To be considered for transfer credit, you must have the College Board send your results directly to Lakehead University as soon as they are available. Your official results must be sent from the College Board directly to Lakehead University – Enrolment Services Undergraduate Admissions.

Recognized Advanced Placement Courses

The following chart outlines the Advance Placement courses that Lakehead University recognizes along with the course in which it is deemed to be equivalent to at Lakehead.

[see the chart on their website]

Laurentian University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://laurentian.ca/admissions/undergraduate/ontario-high-school

Advanced Placement

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses in appropriate subjects with a grade of 4 or higher may receive transfer credit equivalent to a maximum of 12 credits.

Applicants must also meet the admission requirements listed above. [OSSD required – see their webpage]

McMaster University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

Using “advanced placement” (without quotes) as the keyword phrase in the search function at http://mcmasteru.intelliresponse.com/admissions/index.jsp

Applicants who have completed the Advanced Placement Program please note that if you are applying to a program with specific Mathematic and/or Science requirements AP courses are required.  Students who have successfully completed the ETS AP Examinations with minimum final scores of 4 or greater may be given advanced credit for their AP courses.  Advanced credit is determined on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the Faculty. Please visit our website: http://future.mcmaster.ca/admission/admission-requirements/

Nipissing University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://academiccalendar.nipissingu.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=5&chapterid=411#IB

Advanced Placement
Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses are encouraged to submit their examination results. Official AP score reports must be sent directly to Nipissing University. Advanced standing will be granted for most AP courses completed with a grade of 4 or higher, to a maximum of 18 credits. Nipissing’s DI code is 4149.

OCAD University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/admission-requirements

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: OCAD U recognizes the value of AP courses and will take successful completion of these courses into consideration when assessing academic requirements. Transfer credit may be awarded to students who achieve a grade of 4 or higher in courses that are approved as equivalent to OCAD U courses.

Queen’s University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

Choose “Advanced Placement” for the Curriculum field and your program of choice for the Program field, at  http://www.queensu.ca/admission/about-applying/transfer/secondary-school

High School Transfer Credits

Queen’s University may grant Transfer Credits to students coming from a number of different programs. Transfer credit assessment varies depending on the courses or curriculum that the student has completed, the student’s scores/grades achieved in that program, the Queen’s program that the student is entering, and the student’s year of entry to Queen’s.

[Example, choosing Arts and Science as the Program: ]
Arts and Science Advanced Placement (AP) Transfer Credits

A maximum of 18.0 credit units may be granted for Advanced Placement examinations passed with a grade of 4 or higher.

Queen’s Undergraduate Admission will assess students’ Advanced Placement courses to determine whether or not Queen’s credits can be granted. (There are some courses that will not be given Queen’s credit, regardless of a student’s score on the exam.)

To have these courses assessed, students must arrange to have official examination results in the form of the College Board AP Grade Report sent to Undergraduate Admission, using Queen’s institution code “0949”. Queen’s will not request these reports on a student’s behalf.

Exclusion is defined as a list of two or more courses that are considered similar enough that credit will only be given for a defined subset of courses from that list. Usually, holding credit for an excluded course(s) will prevent registration of the remaining courses on the list.

More information about the degree plan selection process and departmental thresholds for acceptance can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Science website.

[see their website for more details]

Royal Military College

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.rmc-cmr.ca/en/registrars-office/academic-prerequisites

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement program and courses are considered excellent preparation for university courses. RMC will recognize and utilize Advanced Placement courses as prerequisite courses for admission. Candidates must satisfy RMC`s general admission requirements as per their home province including the program-specific subject prerequisites.

Ryerson University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

http://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/transfercredits/how_to_apply/advsecondary_cegep/

  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement subject examinations will be considered with a grade of 4 or higher. Official transcripts from the College Board are required.

Trent University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.trentu.ca/futurestudents/undergraduate/requirements/advanced-placement-student

Advanced Placement Student

The Advanced Placement Program provides motivated students with the opportunity to take some university-level courses while still in high school.

Admission Requirements

All applicants who have completed Advanced Placement exams from the College Board are required to submit their examination results for evaluation. Transfer credit will be granted for most Advanced Placement courses with examination grades of four (4) or better, to a maximum of 5.0 credits (one full year of study).

Advanced Placement Course Equivalencies

[see the chart on their website]

University of Guelph

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://admission.uoguelph.ca/ap

Advanced Placement (AP)

If you have completed Advanced Placement Final Examinations with a minimum grade of 4, you will be eligible to receive university specific transfer credits, where applicable, to a maximum of 2.00 credits. You may request a change to unspecified credit on an individual basis within the first 30 days of your first semester.

Please arrange for an official score report to be sent directly to Admission Services. Transfer credit will be assigned once this has been received in Admission Services.

To request an official final AP exam score report, please contact the College Board, AP Services:

AP Services
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427
(toll-free in the U.S. or Canada)
Please note: The University of Guelph College Board identification code is 0892.
The University of Guelph mailing address is:
Admission Services, University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, Canada  N1G 2W1

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

http://calendar.uoit.ca/content.php?catoid=22&navoid=883#Advance_standing

Advanced standing

Secondary school students

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) or General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) courses may be granted up to a maximum of 18 credit hours toward their degree. Other university-level courses taken while in high school/ secondary school will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Official documents must be supplied directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar to ensure granting of credit. Minimum subject scores of 4 in the Advanced Placement examinations, 5 in the International Baccalaureate examinations, 3 in CAPE examinations and a grade of C or better in Advanced Level (A Level) courses are required for advance standing; minimum subject scores may vary by subject.

Credit and exemption will not be given for completion of high school Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations, or Advanced Level (A Level) courses unless an acceptable score is attained on the examination administered by the appropriate board. Students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science are not eligible for advanced standing for core or professional engineering courses.

University of Ottawa

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.uottawa.ca/undergraduate-admissions/admission-with-advanced-standing

Canadian and international secondary school students who have taken Advanced Placement program courses

If you have taken Advanced Placement program (AP) courses, we might grant you advanced standing for AP courses in which you’ve achieved a score of at least 4 in your AP exam. We can grant you up to 30 units, depending on the requirements of the program you’ve chosen.

University of Toronto

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/transfer-credit-information/

Advanced Placement (AP)

The Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George), the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough will award transfer credit for a maximum of 3.0 full credits provided a grade of at least 4 is achieved in each AP exam.

Note that if you’ve completed more than one exam in the same discipline, only 1.0 full credit will be given for that particular subject area. (For example, if you have taken AP World History and AP European History, you will receive one HIS credit only.)

Transfer credits are assessed after you accept your offer of admission. You must arrange to have your final results sent directly from the College Board to Enrolment Services by the deadline indicated in your offer of admission. Results issued by your school are not acceptable.

Find more details on requesting your AP scores on the College Board website .

(The school code for the University of Toronto is 0982)

University of Waterloo

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/admissions/ap-transfer-credit

Advanced Placement (AP) transfer credit

The University of Waterloo recognizes AP (Advanced Placement) examination results and will consider awarding transfer credits for AP courses in which normally a minimum final grade of 4 is attained.

Official final AP results must be sent from the College Board directly to the Admissions Office at Waterloo before transfer credit can be considered. Your final AP results must be received by August 3.

You have the option to decline your transfer credits. Further details will be emailed to you in August, once your transfer credits have been assessed.

Maximum number of transfer credits and additional notes

[see additional details on their website]

University of Western Ontario

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

http://welcome.uwo.ca/admissions/admission_requirements/canadian_secondary_school/advanced_placement.html

Advanced Placement

Admission Requirements

Your admission will be based on your current secondary school curriculum. Please revisit our Admission Requirements page and select your secondary school applicant type.

Transfer Credit Eligibility

If you are registered in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and if you achieve a 4 out of 5 on your final AP exams, you may be considered for transfer credit to a maximum of two full credits as approved by the appropriate faculty. To be considered for transfer credit, you must have the College Board send your results directly to Western as soon as they are available.

Western’s Institution Code is 0984.

Note: Exact course equivalencies are currently under review.

[see additional detials on their website]

University of Windsor

viewing attempted on: 2020-02-23

http://www.uwindsor.ca/registrar/2848/transfer-students

The above webpage includes a link to the page on course equivalencies, which in turn still includes a link to the pdf file on AP, but it is a broken link:

http://www.uwindsor.ca/secretariat/sites/uwindsor.ca.secretariat/files/advanced_standing_and_credit_transfer.pdf

The information in 2018 was as follows:

Transfer credit for Advanced Placement (AP) credentials:
Applicants presenting Advanced Placement (AP) credentials have the option at the point of admission of receiving transfer credit for approved courses where they have achieved AP grades of ‘4’ or ‘5’, to a maximum of 10 courses (30.0 credit hours), or of taking the University of Windsor course.

Wilfred Laurier University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

https://www.wlu.ca/future-students/undergraduate/admissions/requirements/index.html

Advanced Placement (AP) Curriculum

York University

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/requirements/advancedplacement

Advanced Placement

York offers transfer credit for completed Advanced Placement courses. Check the requirements below to match your situation:

Applicants from Canadian schools

Up to 30 credits (5 full courses) may be granted for final scores of 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, depending on program.

You could qualify for early conditional admission based on first semester final grades or mid-term grades for full-year courses. Have your school fax these grades to the Office of Admissions (416-736-5741) as soon as possible. Official final year-end results must be sent to us as soon as they become available.

York University (Glendon College)

as viewed on: 2020-02-23

http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/futurestudents/apply/admission-requirements/high-school-applicants/ontario-high-school-students/

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

You may receive transfer credit if you have completed AP courses with grades of 4 or 5 (maximum 30 credits).