Students at Brown are required to accumulate the equivalent of eight semesters of enrollment credit and a minimum of 30 courses in order to graduate. Students may advance their standing, and thus complete the degree in fewer than eight semesters, if they have approved Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores, international certification scores, or college credits from an approved program of study either at Brown Summer School or at another institution.
Students who earn from three to six course credits through pre-Brown college-level work are eligible for one semester of advanced standing and one semester of enrollment credit. Students earning seven to ten courses are eligible for two semesters of advanced standing and two semesters of enrollment credit. Credits for international exam scores, AP scores, and pre-Brown college courses may be combined if all the credits are earned prior to matriculation at Brown.
Exam scores from approved international certification programs carry both course credit and enrollment credit. Advanced Placement (AP) credits do not count toward the minimum 30 courses needed to earn a Brown degree. This means that students who use AP credits for advanced standing are required to complete thirty courses in a shorter amount of time than the standard eight-semester sequence.
Deadlines to Apply for Advanced Standing
In order to allow adequate time for students to familiarize themselves with Brown and to examine the impact of advanced standing on their academic plans, students may not apply for advanced standing before their third semester in residence at Brown. (Transfer students may request advanced standing in their second semester at Brown if circumstances warrant doing so.) Requests for two semesters of advanced standing must be received no later than the end of the fifth semester standing. Requests for one semester of advanced standing must be received no later than the end of the sixth semester standing. These deadlines apply to all requests for advanced standing based on credits for international exam scores, AP scores, and pre-Brown college courses.