The Advanced Placement (AP) program is administered by The College Board. The program consists of a series of college-level courses taught in selected high schools throughout the country. All are full-year courses, which culminate in the administration of a nationwide Advanced Placement Examination. Quality and standards are established by college faculty who serve as consultants in each program. The State University of New York's policy requires that a student achieving a score of 3, 4 or 5 on any Advanced Placement Test receive credit at its institutions.

If a student desires to take a course for which AP credit has been granted, he/she may do so but will lose the AP credit that might have been given.

See the university's Advanced Placement Course Equivalencies for courses that have been assigned equivalency at New Paltz. Any course not listed will be evaluated for the appropriate transfer equivalent.