Undergraduate Admissions

College Credit Earned in High School

CCS recognizes the achievements of students who have successfully completed tests such as the Advanced Placement, Cambridge A-levels, or International Baccalaureate and those who have earned College Credit while in High School (i.e. Dual Enrollment). Students may be awarded up to 30 credits (10 courses) through a combination of Credit by Examination (CBE) and Dual Enrollment (DE) coursework.

The College for Creative Studies will award advanced placement credit for AP subject exams:

  • The student requests their Advanced Placement program exam results from the College Board .
  • The exam results are sent to the Office of Academic Advising at CCS.
  • The results are posted to the student's academic evaluation and notification is sent to the student's Academic Advisor.
  • A grade of 4.0 or higher is required in all subjects to receive credit. See the corresponding AP grid to find out exactly what CCS credit is awarded.
  • To request a copy of their AP score report, students should request their test score be sent to CCS electronically (our shool code is 1035) or contact AP/College Board at (888)225.5427.
Art, History of4DAH 2003
Art, Studio – Drawing 4DFN 101 with portfolio review3
Art, Studio – 2D Design4DFN 117 with portfolio review3
Art, Studio – 3D Design4DFN 118 with portfolio review3
Biology4DNS 3003
Calculus AB4DNS 3003
Calculus BC4DNS 3003
Chemistry4DNS 3003
Chinese Language & Culture4General Elective3
Computer Science A4General Elective3
Computer Science AB4General Elective3
Economics – Macroeconomics4Liberal Arts Elective3
Economics - Microeconomics4Liberal Arts Elective3
English Language & Composition4DEN 1083
English Literature & Composition4DEN 1083
Environmental Science4DNS 3003
French Language & Culture4General Elective3
French Literature4Liberal Arts Elective3
German Language & Culture4General Elective3
Government & Politics, U.S.4Liberal Arts Elective3
Government & Politics, Comparative4Liberal Arts Elective3
History, European4Liberal Arts Elective3
History, U.S.4Liberal Arts Elective3
History, World4Liberal Arts Elective3
Italian Language & Culture4General Elective3
Japanese Language & Culture4General Elective3
Latin4General Elective3
Music Theory4General Elective3
Human Geography4Liberal Arts Elective3
Physics 14DNS 3003
Physics 2 4DNS 3003
Physics C- Mechanics4DNS 3003
Physics C- Electricity & Magnetism4DNS 3003
Psychology4Liberal Arts Elective3
Research4DFS 1013
Seminar4DFS 1013
Spanish Language & Culture4General Elective3
Spanish Literature4Liberal Arts Elective3
Statistics4DNS 3003

College level courses completed while attending high school as part of, or an addition to, high school graduation requirements are considered ‘Dual Enrollment’. Students who have completed dual enrollment coursework will need to submit a copy of their transcript from the credit-granting institution for a review of potential transfer credit.

If you completed CCS's PreCollege Summer Experience or Dual Enrollment courses at CCS we will review and place any eligible credit earned toward you degree program at CCS.

Students who have earned their High School diploma in a Middle College or Early College program (completing college level courses to fulfill 2-4 years of their high school graduation requirements), will apply as first time freshman. However, their college history will be evaluated for all potential transfer credit and is not subject to the 30 credit hour cap noted above for Credit by Examination and Dual Enrollment.

CCS recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma as well as individually completed IB courses. Equivalents listed on our IB chart are for Higher Level coursework unless specifically noted. Scores below a 4 are not accepted for credit. Note, CCS does not place studio courses with IB.

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CCS International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalency

Group 1
Studies in Language and Literature

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
[English] Language A at SLDEN107 Compostition I4
[English] Language A at HLDEN108 Composition II4
[Non English] Language ADLE--- General Education Elective4

Group 2
Language Acquisition

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
Classical Languages (available in: Greek, Latin)Elective General Elective4
Language B in English* ELS107* Composition for Non-Native Speakers 5* for ELS107 (*Language B in English will default to Elective credit if score is 4)
Language B Non-English (i.e. German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, etc.)Elective General Elective4 for Elective

Group 3
Individuals and Societies

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
Business and ManagementDAS213 Business Practices4
EconomicDLE--- General Education Elective4
GeographyDLE--- General Education Elective4
Global PoliticsDSS (DLE---) Social Science4
History HL: Africa and the Middle East, Americas, Asia/Oceania, EuropeDHS (DLE---) History4
Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)DLE--- General Education Elective4
PhilosophyDPL (DLE---) Philosophy4
PsychologyDSS221 (DLE) Introduction to Psychology4
Social and Cultural AnthropologyDSS (DLE---) Social Science4

Group 4

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
BiologyDNS 345 Earth and Environmental Science4
ChemistryDNS (300) Natural Science Requirement4
Computer ScienceDNS (300) Natural Science Requirement4
Design TechnologyDNS (300) Natural Science Requirement4
PhysicsDNS (300) Natural Science Requirement4
Sports, Exercise, and Health ScienceElective General Elective4

Group 5

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
Further MathematicsDNS230 (DNS300) Math Skills4
Mathematics: Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Sets, Relations and Groups, Statistics and ProbabilityDNS230 (DNS300) Math Skills4

Group 6
The Arts

IB Subject NameCCS Equivalent CourseExam Score Required
DanceElective General Elective4
FilmDVC--- Visual Culture Studies4
MusicElective General Elective4
TheatreElective General Elective4
Visual ArtsElective General Elective4

Required Core Components of the IB Diploma

Core CCS Equivalent Course Exam Score Required
(CAS) Creativity, Action, ServiceN/A no credit granted---
(EE) Extended Essay (4,000 words)DFS 101 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studiesgrade of 'C' or higher on both EE and TOK
(TOK) Theory of KnowledgeDFS 101 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studiesgrade of 'C' or higher on both EE and TOK

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 examinations. CCS uses the credit-granting scores recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Download CLEP exam (608 KB PDF) information or visit www.collegeboard.com/clep.   

CCS may grant a maximum of 3 credits per CLEP exam with a minimum score of 50.

If you have not yet taken a CLEP exam, please consult with an admissions counselor or (if a current student) your academic advisor prior to testing to make sure any test[s] you are planning to take will meet our requirements.

World Language CLEP tests are not applicable for credit.

If you are an incoming student and have questions regarding CLEP tests and our general education requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions at 313.664.7425, current student should contact the Academic Advising and Registration Office 313.664.7672.

CCS welcomes students with Cambridge International A-Levels and AICE qualifications. Credit will be considered for A-level courses on a case-by-case basis for new students. Incoming students are encouraged to contact their admissions counselor for answers to questions.