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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|ART HISTORY||3, 4, or 5||3||ARHT 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 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||4 or 5||4||EAES 161|
|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|
|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||4 or 5||4||AMAT 120 or MATH 122|
|CALCULUS AB SUBSCORE OF CALCULUS BC||4 or 5||4||AMAT 120 or MATH 122|
|CALCULUS BC||3||4||MATH 122|
4 or 5
|AMAT 120 & AMAT 220
MATH 122 & MATH 221
|COMPUTER SCIENCE A||3, 4, or 5||3||CSIT 111|
|COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES||3, 4, or 5||3||CSIT 100|
|STATISTICS||4 or 5||3||STAT 230|
|BIOLOGY||4 or 5||4||BIOL 100|
|CHEMISTRY||3, 4, or 5||4||CHEM 100|
|ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE||4 or 5||4||EAES 101|
|PHYSICS 1||4 or 5||4||PHYS 193|
|PHYSICS 2||4 or 5||4||PHYS 194|
|PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM||4 or 5||4||PHYS 192|
|PHYSICS C: MECHANICS||4 or 5||4||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 121|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|TRNS||CLEL||CLEP ELECTIVE CREDIT||TRNS CLEL||CLEP ELECTIVE CREDIT||50||6|