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How much do AP courses affect college admissions?

Hello all, I'm a junior and I'm wondering how much taking AP courses impacts college admissions. I've taken a few, but I'm not sure if it's enough. Should I be loading up on more AP classes? Thanks for your help, and CollegeVine, your resources are fantastic!

9 months ago

Hi there! I'm glad to hear that you're thinking about how AP courses can impact your college admissions journey. From my experience with my own child, I can tell you that AP courses can definitely play a role in the college admissions process. Colleges like to see that students have challenged themselves with rigorous coursework, and AP classes are an excellent way to demonstrate that. However, it's important to find a balance. Taking too many AP courses can lead to burnout and may cause your grades to suffer. It's better to focus on a few AP classes that you're truly interested in and can excel in, rather than trying to take on too many. Also, remember that colleges look at many factors when evaluating applicants, so it's essential to maintain well-rounded involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and community service. Best of luck in your college admissions journey!

9 months ago

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