Quick Look at College Credit for English Courses

Students often have questions regarding their potential to earn college credit as they evaluate which senior English course to take. This chart shows what credit some local universities currently award for AP Language, AP Literature, and W131.

A few reminders as you review this information:

  1. The preparation you receive in these courses is a wonderful foundation for success in your college-level courses. Even if you will not be exempt from a specific English class at the college or university you attend, it is still advantageous to take these courses.
  2. Most colleges have a policy that if you are awarded college credit from another university (100-level course or higher earning a C or better), you will receive transfer credit. There are exceptions to this.  Additionally, these credits sometimes come in as elective credit, but a certain number of elective credits are required for graduation as well.
  3. Colleges and universities change their policies and the specific credit awarded on a very regular basis. Often, faculty review committees or new Provosts or Deans can change the requirements over the summer. It is important to opt into or out of a class based on the knowledge acquired and experience gained rather than always trying to work ahead at a specific college of university.
  4. This information was compiled via various inquiries to registrars, admissions offices, transfer credit evaluation sites, and academic deans. There may be exceptions based on the major to which you are applying, etc. It is best to contact the college or university’s Registrar if you have questions or are trying to decide whether to enroll in a course.

AP Language AP Literature W 131
Ball State University ENG 103 (3 or 4)

ENG 103 & 104 (5)

ENG 206 (3, 4, or 5) ENG 103
Butler University EN 185 (4 or 5) EN 185 (4 or 5) General elective: 100 level credit
Indiana University W 131 (4 or 5) X 101 (3, 4, or 5) Grade is taken in GPA
Marian University ENG 101 (4 or 5) ENG 101 & ENG 112 (4 or 5) ENG 112
University of Notre Dame WR 13100 (4 or 5) No credit transfers No credit transfers
Purdue University ENGL 10600 (4 or 5) ENGL 23100 (4 or 5) ENG 10300