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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in the US has voted to increase the number of students who can receive credit through Cambridge International AS & A Level examinations. With the board's approval, 39 public institutions in Virginia will now award credit to students earning an E grade in their examinations.
SCHEV's review process involved a rigorous review of syllabi and curricula, research findings, and supporting materials developed by Cambridge International. With this policy change, Cambridge International AS & Level courses have credit parity with other advanced courses offered to students.
Every year both local and international students with Cambridge qualifications attend universities across the USA. Many institutions offer advanced credit to students holding Cambridge International AS & A Levels, which means that Cambridge students are already ahead in their undergraduate programme before they begin their college enrolment and can reduce the cost of their studies.
"We believe that efforts to increase college access and affordability for well-prepared students is more important now than ever before. This decision by the State Council of Higher Education gives Cambridge students the opportunity to earn credit for their hard work in high school, dramatically improving their chances to graduate with a college degree on-time," said Mark Cavone, Cambridge International Regional Director, North America. "The Cambridge curriculum challenges students with rigorous learning activities that allow students to develop critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills."
More than 700 institutions in the US formally accept Cambridge qualifications, including all members of the Ivy League, all Virginia public higher education institutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Duke University, New York University and University of Washington – with many more institutions accepting Cambridge qualifications on application.
Find out more about applying to universities in the US with Cambridge qualifications, and search our database for a list of formal recognition statements from US institutions.