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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick Academic Policies and Procedures Academic Credit  

Academic Credit

Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick students may be awarded degree credits through Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment coursework completed in high school. Credits earned through these methods are not computed in the cumulative grade-point average. These credits may only be applied to liberal arts core curriculum requirements and general elective courses and may not be applied to business core and business major or business elective requirements.

Advanced Placement. Degree credit is awarded for Advanced Placement examination scores of 4 and 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Credit is not given for scores lower than 4.

If the student accepts the AP credits and then later completes the same introductory level course, the AP credit will be automatically waived and the student will lose degree credit for the AP course.

Dual Enrollment Coursework. Under New Jersey state law, approved courses in high school may be taken for college credit. Students should consult with the RBS-NB first-year dean in the fall to determine if these courses qualify for credit at RBS-NB and whether or not they actually provide an adequate background as a prerequisite to the next level course at Rutgers.  

Please note that alone cannot be used to determine course equivalencies for courses taken at NJ community colleges while the student is in high school or for courses taken at the high school and recorded on a college transcript. Many courses with Rutgers equivalents in may transfer as general elective credit or may not transfer at all if taken while the student was in high school. All transcripts of college-level coursework must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Programs for a complete evaluation. These evaluations normally take place in the first semester at Rutgers; evaluation will not occur prior to first year students incoming fall semester.

Dual-enrollment courses reported on a college transcript will be considered for Rutgers credit, subject to the following requirements:

  • No More than five dual-enrollment courses (not to exceed 16 credits) may transfer into the RBS-NB.
  • Minimum grade that must be earned is a B-.
There will be no exceptions to these dual-enrollment policies.

International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB). Degree credit may be awarded for International Baccalaureate Higher Level scores of 7, 6, and 5 in non-business courses. Credit is not given for grades of 4 or lower or for Subsidiary/Standard Level exams.

A-Levels. A-Levels degree credit may be awarded for Advanced Level exam scores of A, B, C, or D in non-business courses.

Credit is not awarded for grades of E nor Ordinary nor Subsidiary Level exams.

Writing Classes for First Year Students. All first year students at Rutgers-New Brunswick are required to take Expository Writing 101 in the fall of the freshman year unless they have submitted an Advanced Placement test score of 4 or 5 in English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition, which would exempt a student from said course.

External English Composition courses (i.e., dual enrollment county college courses) will NOT be accepted in lieu of Expository Writing 101 at Rutgers. 

Some students may place into a writing course slightly below Expository Writing. All students are required to continue taking writing courses every semester until Expository Writing has been completed with a passing grade (C or better).

After Expository Writing, there will still be 2 more writing courses to complete prior to graduation, as part of the SAS Core Curriculum: a revision-based writing course and a discipline-based writing course.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP). RBS-NB does not award any academic credit for CLEP tests. This policy is in effect for all students who started RBS in the fall of 2010 or later.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: One Stop Student Services Center.

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