Incoming students may be granted up to 20 credits on the basis of their IB coursework. Credits are awarded for Higher Level IB courses based on the student receiving a score at or above the level approved by the department that evaluated the course (in no case less than a score of five). In order to grant credit, Rider’s Office of Undergraduate Admission must be sent an official IB transcript.

The process for evaluating new, or revised IB courses shall be: (1) the Office of Admissions sends IB courses to the appropriate Dean’s office, (2) the Dean’s Office sends the course to the appropriate department chair, (3) the department evaluates the course and determines equivalence, minimum score needed to receive credit, and number of credits to be awarded. This information is shared with the Dean’s Office who reports it back to the Office of Admissions.

Note: A maximum of 30 credits will be awarded based on a combination of all assessment procedures (AP, CLEP, and IB). CLEP credit will only be awarded for courses where the college offering the course awards credit through CLEP. In exceptional circumstances (such as highly qualified prospective students or second degree seeking students) and with permission of the dean of the academic unit from which the courses were being offered, students may be allowed to transfer more than 30 advanced standing credits.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses

Department Exam Title (parenthetical notations refer to examination year) Minimum Score Course Credit Course Equivalency
Proposed and Approved by Departmental Chairs
Biology Biology 5 8 BIO115, BIO116
Chemistry Chemistry 5 3 CHE115
Communication Film (2006-2009) 5 6 COM131, ENG226
Communication Film (2010-) 5 6 COM131, ENG226
English /
Foreign Language
Language A1 (more than 60 languages)
  English A1 5 6 CMP120, ENG205
  Chinese A1 5 6 CHI100, CHI101
  French A1 5 6 FRE100, FRE101
  German A1 5 6 GER100, GER101
  Italian A1 5 6 ITA100, ITA101
  Russian A1 5 6 RUS100, RUS101
  Spanish A1 5 6 SPA100, SPA101
  Other Language 5 6 100, 101 (For. Lang. core)
Foreign Language Language A2 (16 languages)
  English A2 5 6 CMP120, ENG205
  Chinese A2 5 6 CHI100, CHI101
  French A2 5 6 FRE100, FRE101
  German A2 5 6 GER100, GER101
  Italian A2 5 6 ITA100, ITA101
  Russian A2 5 6 RUS100, RUS101
  Spanish A2 5 6 SPA100, SPA101
  Other Language 5 6 100, 101 (For. Lang. core)
Foreign Language Language B 5 6 100, 101 (For. Lang. core)
Foreign Language Classical Languages (2003-2009)
Latin and Classical Greek
5 or 6 3 LIT250
Foreign Language Classical Languages (2003-2009)
Latin and Classical Greek
7 6 LIT250, LIT251
Foreign Language Classical Languages (2010-)
Latin and Classical Greek
5 or 6 3 LIT250
Foreign Language Classical Languages (2010-)
Latin and Classical Greek
7 6 LIT250, LIT251
History History (2003-2009) 5 3 HIS151
History History (2010-) 5 3 Route 1 – HIS150
Route 2 – HIS151
History Islamic History 5 3 HIS25x (upper-level History major course, except HIS281)
Mathematics Mathematics 5 4 MTH105
Philosophy Philosophy 5 3 PHL115 or PHL202
Physics Physics 5 4 PHY100, PHY101L
Psychology Psychology (2005-2010) 5 3 PSY100
Psychology Psychology (2011-) 5 3 PSY100
Sociology Social and Cultural Anthropology (2002-2009) 5 3 SOC110
Sociology Social and Cultural Anthropology (2010-) 5 3 SOC110
Other Geography (2005-2010) 5 3 Liberal Arts Elective
Other Geography (2011-) 5 3 Liberal Arts Elective

Fine and Performing Arts Courses

Department Exam Title (parenthetical notations refer to examination year) Minimum Score Course Credit Course Equivalency
Proposed and Approved by Departmental Chairs
Fine Arts Dance 5    
Fine Arts Music (2002-2010) 5 6 MUS110, MUS111
Fine Arts Music (2011-) 5 6 MUS110, MUS111
Fine Arts Theatre 5    
Fine Arts Visual Arts 5 3 ART103

Please carefully note any difference in policy for WCA students.

Business Courses

Department Exam Title (parenthetical notations refer to examination year) Minimum Score Course Credit Course Equivalency
Proposed and Approved by Departmental Chairs
Management Science Computer Science (2010-) 5 3 Business or free elective
Management Business and Management (2009-) 5 3 CBA-110
Other ITGS (Information Technology in a Global Society) 5 3 Business or free elective
Other Design Technology 5 3 Business or free elective
Economics Economics 5 6 ECO200, ECO201