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What are AP (Advanced Placement) Classes?

By Southern Utah University on March 17, 2016 in

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What is AP- Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the US and Canada, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities often grant undergraduate course credit to students taking the classes.

What are Advanced Placement classes?

High schools teach the courses and give the examinations to interested students. Those who pass the exams are eligible for advanced placement, college credit, or both.


Southern Utah University grants up to 8 semester credits for each advanced placement examination completed with a score of 3, 4, or 5.

The following are general guidelines for AP credit:

  • Advanced placement credit is only awarded to a student once they are enrolled at SUU.
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours earned through AP or other credit by examination may be applied toward graduation.
  • A maximum of six credit hours may be awarded in any one area of general education from AP or credit by examination.
  • AP credit is graded as pass/fail only (no letter grades will be assigned).