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Advanced Standing Freshman

Who is an Advanced Standing Freshman?

This population of students encompasses individuals who have earned college-level credit or successfully passed credit-bearing exams before graduating from high school. Typically students have earned dual-enrollment credit from another undergraduate-level institution and/or successfully passed Advanced Placement exams. Exam Equivalency Charts can be found below.

How can transcripts be sent?

Institutions vary how they send official transcripts. We do accept electronic transcripts through verified servers (i.e. National Clearinghouse, eScript, Parchment, Credential Solutions, NJ Transfer). Transcripts received from a student will not be considered as official, so they will need to be requested from the Registrar’s Office of the previous institution unless another process is in place for the transcript to be sent on the student’s behalf. We do not request transcripts on a student’s behalf, and they are not automatically sent once the courses conclude.

Official transcripts may be sent electronically to msuadm@montclair.edu or via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

When are credits posted?

Credits are posted to a student’s degree audit once a deposit has been submitted. We encourage students to send their official transcripts and verified exam scores to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible so that first-year schedules can consider those credits when being created.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Williams at williamsli@montclair.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What credits will you accept from another institution?

A: We can accept a maximum amount of 60 credits from an accredited two year school. There is no maximum amount of credits we can accept from accredited four year schools. We will not award credit hours for any remedial courses or courses earning lower than a C unless an associate’s degree was earned. The Associates of Applied Science (AAS) is not eligible for this rule. Only courses with a grade of C or above will be awarded. 

Q: Is there a maximum amount of credits from Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP exams you will accept?

A: There is no maximum credit amount for Advanced Placement or CLEP exams. The minimum score will need to be met in order for credit to be awarded. 

Q: How will my credits affect my first-year schedule?

A: When making your schedule, your courses posted to your degree audit will be taken into account. We do not want you to retake any courses, so the earlier you send you transcript or exam reports the better! It makes it easier for you to get the most accurate schedule created based on any qualifying previously completed coursework.

Q: Where do I send my official transcript?

A: You will send your transcript to the attention of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We do accept transcripts electronically via transcript servers. Transcripts sent directly from students will not be considered as official copies. Our address is: 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043.

Q: My dual enrollment course is posted on my high school transcript. Do I still need to send you a college transcript?

A: We cannot award credit from a high school transcript. You will need to request an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office of the institution you earned credit from unless there is another process in place that a transcript can be sent on your behalf. 

Q: I took classes in high school and want them applied to my coursework at MSU. Can I still send them if I didn’t send them when I was initially applying?

A: Yes! If you have classes you took while in high school and did not send the transcripts when you applied, we will still review your courses for posting. We encourage that you send them as soon as you deposit with us so that you can have the most accurate first-year schedule possible.

Q: I took Advanced Placement level classes while in high school. Can I get credit for them?

A: If no exam has been taken, no credit will be awarded. In order to be awarded Advanced Placement credit, you will need to send us a verified score report from the exams you have taken. Qualifying scores based on each exam will result in credit. Please see the equivalency chart for Advanced Placement exams to see what scores are required. You can review how to report your score by visiting College Board’s Sending AP Scores website.

Q: How can I get my CLEP exam reviewed for potential credit?

A: You will need to send us the official score report from College Board. Review how to request your official CLEP Exam Transcripts

Q: I have taken CLEP exams and earned credit. Can you take the credit from my college transcript or do I need to request to send the exam to your office?

A: If you have earned an associate’s degree (AA/AS/AFA), we can post the credit to your degree audit from an official transcript that has the associate’s degree conferred. If there is no associate’s degree posted or earned, an official exam report will need to be requested and sent to our office. 

Q: Where can I see the equivalencies for Advanced Placement or CLEP exams?

A: Please see the chart below for each set of exams. The equivalencies are subject to departmental review and change at any time. 

Q: If I took credits, but they do not waive any general education or major courses, will I still get credit for them?

A: These kinds of classes would be categorized as free electives. The credit hours earned from these courses would go towards the 120 credit minimum you need to complete your degree program. We will do our best to review your classes and apply as many as we can to your general education requirements. You would work with your advisor to have courses reviewed for your major.

Q: I earned an associate’s degree while in high school. Will you take all of my credits? What classes will be waived?

A: We can accept a maximum amount of 60 credits from a two year school. We accept grades of D and higher once the degree is posted on the official transcript. If you have earned an AA, AS, or AFA degree, we will waive all of your general education requirements except for your New Student Seminar course. If you have earned an AAS degree, we will waive any requirements that are satisfied by previously completed coursework. Any remaining general education requirements will need to be completed. 

Q: I would like to take a course, but don’t know what will transfer over? What resources can I use to help me determine what I should take?

A: If you are looking to take courses at a New Jersey community college, you can use NJ Transfer as a resource to see how courses will transfer to our institution. If you are not attending a NJ community college, please feel free to email our office any potential courses you are looking to take! Additionally, please review the general education courses that are required for each type of degree.

Q: I earned credits through a program I participated in, but I do not have a transcript. How can I go about getting the credits reviewed?

A: You can send us your certificate or document showing how many credits the program awarded you. Additionally you should send us any information on the program you participated in. We will review your credits and confirm whether or not we can award you credit.

AP Exam Equivalency Chart
ARTS SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
ART HISTORY 3, 4, or 5 3 ARHS DPT
MUSIC THEORY 3 or 4 3 MUCP DPT
MUSIC THEORY 5 3 MUCP DPT
STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN 3, 4, or 5 3 ARFD 101
STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN 3, 4, or 5 3 ARFD DPT
STUDIO ART: DRAWING 3, 4, or 5 3 ARDW DPT
ENGLISH SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION 4 or 5 3 WRIT 105
ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION 4 or 5 3 WRIT 106
HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 3, 4, or 5 3 POLS 201
EUROPEAN HISTORY 3, 4, or 5 3 HIST 105
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3 3 TRNSFE1
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 4 or 5 4 EUGS 101
MACROECONOMICS 3, 4, or 5 3 ECON 101
MICROECONOMICS 3, 4, or 5 3 ECON 102
PSYCHOLOGY 3, 4, or 5 3 PSYC101
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS 3, 4, or 5 3 POLS 101
UNITED STATES HISTORY 3, 4, or 5 3 HIST 117
WORLD HISTORY 3, 4, or 5 3 HIST 103
INTERDISCIPLINARY SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
RESEARCH 3, 4, or 5 3 TRNS FE1
SEMINAR 3, 4, or 5 3 TRNS FE1
MATH & COMPUTER SCIENCE SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
CALCULUS AB 3 4 MATH 114
CALCULUS AB 4 or 5 8 MATH 122
CALCULUS BC 3 4 MATH 122
CALCULUS BC 4 or 5 8 MATH 122 & MATH 221
COMPUTER SCIENCE A 3, 4, or 5 3 CMPT 183
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES 3, 4, or 5 3 TRNS FE1
STATISTICS 3, 4, or 5 3 MATH 109
SCIENCES SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
BIOLOGY 3 3 TRNS FE1
BIOLOGY 4 or 5 4 BIOL 100
CHEMISTRY 3, 4, or 5 4 CHEM 100
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 3 3 TRNS FE1
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 4 4 GEOS 125
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 5 7 GEOS 125 & ENVR 109
PHYSICS 1 4 or 5 4 PHYS 193
PHYSICS 2 4 or 5 4 PHYS 194
PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM 4 or 5 8 PHYS 192
PHYSICS C: MECHANICS 4 or 5 8 PHYS 191
WORLD LANGUAGES & CULTURES SCORE CREDITS COURSE EQUIVALENT
CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE 3 3 CHIN 120
FRENCH LANGUAGE &CULTURE 3 3 FREN 101
GERMAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE 3 3 GERM 101
ITALIAN LANGUAGE & CULTURE 3 3 ITAL 140
JAPANESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE 3 3 JAPN 201
LATIN 3 6 LATN 101 & LATN 102
LATIN 4 or 5 6 LATN 102 & LATN 205
SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE 3 3 SPAN103
SPANISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE 4 or 5 3 SPAN104
SPANISH LITERATURE & CULTURE 3 3 SPAN LIT Elective
CLEP Exam Equivalency Chart
BUSINESS
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
ACCT CLEP PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
ACCT CLEP1 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING ACCT 201 FUND OF FINANCIAL ACCT 50 3
BSLW CLEP INTRO BUSINESS LAW TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
MGMT CLEP PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
MKTG CLEP PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
ECON CLEP1 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS ECON 101 MACROECONOMICS 50 3
ECON CLEP2 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS ECON 102 MICROECONOMICS 50 3
COMPOSITION & LITERATURE
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
ENGL CLEP1 AMERICAN LITERATURE ENGL DPT ENGL DEPT. REVIEW 50 3
ENGL CLEP2 ANALYZING & INTERPRETING LIT ENWR 106 COLLEGE WRITING II 50 3
ENGL CLEP3 ENGLISH COMP (WITH ESSAY) ENWR 106 COLLEGE WRITING I 50 6
ENGL CLEP4 ENGLISH COMP (WITHOUT ESSAY) TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
ENGL CLEP5 ENGLISH LITERATURE ENGL DPT ENGL DEPT. REVIEW 50 3
ENGL CLEP6 FRESHMAN COLLEGE COMPOSITION TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
GNHU CLEP1 HUMANITIES GNHU DPT GNHU DEPT. REVIEW 50 3
GNHU CLEP2 HUMANITIES ARAN DPT ARAN DEPT. REVIEW 50 3
WORLD LANGUAGES
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
FREN CLEP1 FRENCH LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
FREN CLEP2 FRENCH LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 59 9
GERM CLEP1 GERMAN LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
GERM CLEP2 GERMAN LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 60 9
SPAN CLEP1 SPANISH LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
SPAN CLEP2 SPANISH LANGUAGE TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 63 9
HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
HIST CLEP1 HISTORY OF US I HIST 117 HIST OF US TO 1876 50 3
HIST CLEP2 HISTORY OF US II HIST 118 HIST OF US SINCE 1876 50 3
HIST CLEP3 SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY HIST DPT HIST DEPT. REVIEW 50 6
HIST CLEP4 WESTERN CIVILIZATION I HIST 103 FUND OF WESTERN CIV 50 3
HIST CLEP5 WESTERN CIVILIZATION II HIST 105 EMERGENCE EURO SIV 1500 50 3
POLS CLEP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT POLS 101 AMERICAN GOVT & POLITICS 50 3
PSYC CLEP1 INTRO EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 200 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 50 3
PSYC CLEP2 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY PSYC 101 GEN PSYC I: GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT 50 3
PSYC CLEP3 HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT PSYC 320 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYC 50 3
SOCI CLEP1 SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY SOCI DPT SOCI DEPT. REVIEW 50 6
SOCI CLEP2 INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY SOCI 100 THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE 50 3
SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
BIOL CLEP BIOLOGY TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
MATH CLEP1 CALCULUS MATH 122 CALCULUS I 50 4
MATH CLEP2 COLLEGE ALGEBRA MATH 100 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA 50 3
MATH CLEP3 COLLEGE ALGEBRA – TRIGONOMETRY TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
MATH CLEP4 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
MATH CLEP5 TRIGONOMETRY TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
MATH CLEP6 PRE-CALCULUS TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
CHEM CLEP CHEMISTRY CHEM DPT CHEM DEPT. REVIEW 50 6
CMPT CLEP INFO SYSTEMS & COMP APPS TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 3
GEGN CLEP1 NATURAL SCIENCES GEGN DPT/TRNS FE1 GEGN DEPT. REVIEW OR FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
GEGN CLEP2 NATURAL SCIENCES TRNS FE1 FREE ELECTIVE 50 6
FREE ELECTIVE
SUBJECT COURSE TITLE COURSE  TITLE SCORE CREDITS
TRNS CLEL CLEP ELECTIVE CREDIT TRNS CLEL CLEP ELECTIVE CREDIT 50 6