SUNY New Paltz offers its students opportunities to receive credit for college-level learning gained in advanced high school courses or independent reading and study.

Credits earned by examination are generally specific equivalent credits. That is, they represent the successful completion of a SUNY New Paltz course as defined in the policies regarding the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). A maximum of 30 credits may be earned this way.

The following general regulations apply:

  • A student cannot take an examination that corresponds to, or stands as an equivalent to, or is at a level below a course in which he or she is enrolled or has already earned credit.
  • Credit earned by examination may not be applied to the total residency credits required (30).