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So you want to go to a college that doesn’t offer Advanced Placement credit [SLIDESHOW]

Recently, Dartmouth College announced that it will end the practice of awarding college credit to incoming first-year students who earn qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, beginning with the class of 2018.

“The concern that we have is that increasingly, AP has been seen as equivalent to a college-level course, and it really isn’t, in our opinion,” Dartmouth classics professor Hakan Tell told the Associated Press at the time.

In addition to Dartmouth, a handful of other schools around the country also won’t accept AP scores for college credit. Here’s an (admittedly incomplete) inventory of some of the other ones, as collected by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more commonly known as FairTest.

Every school has different policies, it seems. Check out the skinny in the slideshow below.

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  • Small, intense, ultra-elite Williams College boasts world-class facilities and a unique one-month January term that allows students to take extraordinary pass-fail courses. AP and IB exam scores will fulfill some major requirements. However, you'll still have to take exactly the same number of courses as everyone else. Also, AP exams won't satisfy the school's liberal arts distribution requirements. Photo - public domain/Daderot
  • The legendary California Institute of Technology offers a few hundred hardcore and overwhelmingly male nerds the opportunity to tackle a generally crippling curriculum. The mandatory core courses include a load of math and the hard sciences (as well as humanities and physical education requirements). Caltech does not grant credit for AP, IB, or similar tests. However, every student takes a math and physics placement exam before enrolling. If you do well enough on that test, you can get automatic credit for some lower-level Caltech courses. Photo - Facebook/CalTech
  • Tiny Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in the suburbs of Boston was established in 1997 and offers a project-based curriculum firmly oriented in the real world. All students receive annual scholarships worth $20,000. The admissions staff says the school is "very interested" in students who have taken Advanced Placement courses. However, credit for AP tests and similar tests isn't available (regardless of your score). Photo - Facebook/Franklin W. Olin
  • At Amherst College -- one of the Northeast's truly quintessential liberal arts colleges -- students can use advanced placement test scores to skip lower-level courses in some departments. The school doesn't offer credit for such feats, though. All students must still complete the requisite number of courses for a given major, and for a degree. Photo - Facebook/Amherst College
  • The Daily Caller's favorite great books bastion, St. John’s College, boasts campuses in Santa Fe, NM and Annapolis, MD. For four years, students immerse themselves in the greatest texts of Western Civilization, starting with Homer and hitting the Bible, Shakespeare and much else along the way. The curriculum is unique and wholly unskirtable. St. John's doesn't offer advanced placement credit, nor are you likely to get credit for any work done at other colleges. Photo - Facebook/St Johns College
  • In a nutshell, Harvey Mudd College is the math, science and engineering school of the Claremont Colleges -- a five-school consortium located on the eastern edge of the Greater Los Angeles area. The curriculum is tough and credit for AP or IB examinations isn't available. There are placement exams before classes start in the fall, though. Incoming students who do exceedingly well can test into higher-level courses. Photo - public domain/TythosEternal
  • The tuition-free United States Coast Guard Academy offers eight majors and a guaranteed -- and mandatory -- job after college as an officer. The opportunity to sail to thrilling ports of call all over the world is another perk. The Coast Guard Academy uses AP test scores to exempt students from lower-level coursework. There's no credit, though; you'll just have to take other courses -- probably in math and science. Photo - public domain/USCG Brown. Telfair
  • The Medical University of South Carolina is a small, private school in downtown Charleston that offers lots of graduate programs and some undergraduate programs. The school doesn't offer direct credit for advanced placement results. However, AP credit is allowed for transfer students when it is on official transcripts from previously attended schools. Photo - Facebook/Medical University of South Carolina
  • Dartmouth College will end the practice of awarding college credit to incoming first-year students who earn qualifying scores on AP exams beginning with the class of 2018. After the kind of years-long discussion that only a faculty could have, Dartmouth's professors recently voted to pull the plug on the practice. The reason: the 34 varieties of AP courses and their corresponding exams lack the rigor of Ivy League classes. Photo - public domain/Daderot