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Advanced Standing

Our new policy on Advanced Standing

Students who seek admission to Harvard College are advised that the current Advanced Standing program will change beginning in Fall 2020. Admitted students who enter the College as freshmen in Fall 2020 (the Class of 2024), and all subsequent classes, will not be eligible to receive Harvard College degree credit for pre-matriculation credentials earned in secondary school.

This means that Advanced Placement examinations, the International Baccalaureate diploma, and international credentials will no longer be recognized for Harvard College credit toward the degree beginning with the students who enter the College in Fall 2020. These examinations will continue to serve as valuable placement tools, and certain examinations may still fulfill the College’s language requirement. 

As to the existing fourth-year Master’s degree option, the Faculty are looking at new models that would enable future students to apply for a concurrent degree to be completed in the fourth year. Decisions about the details of the new options are expected by the Fall of 2020. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Students who are currently enrolled in the College, and those who will enter prior to the Fall of 2020, will continue to have the option of activating Advanced Standing while they are enrolled if they are eligible. They also will be allowed to apply for entry to a fourth-year master’s program using Advanced Standing if they choose to do so.

For more information, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Education website.


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