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Is it better to take more AP classes or focus on a higher GPA?

Hey guys, I've been stressing out about scheduling for next year. I'm not sure whether I should take more AP courses to show rigor or focus on maintaining a higher GPA with less challenging classes. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences, and if Collegevine has any guidance on this, that'd be great too! Thanks in advance.

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking ahead and considering the right balance for your schedule. Both AP courses and a high GPA are important for college admissions, but it also depends on the colleges you're aiming for and your own personal strengths and interests. If you're targeting highly competitive colleges, they typically appreciate seeing that you've taken challenging courses and can handle the workload. If you can get a B or above in the advanced class, you should take it.

On the other hand, it's crucial to maintain a strong GPA since it's an indicator of your academic performance. The key is to find a balance that works for you. You might consider taking AP courses in subjects you're passionate about and excel in, which could help you maintain a good GPA while still demonstrating rigor.

Keep in mind that it's better to have a slightly lower GPA with challenging courses than a perfect GPA with only easy classes, as colleges value students who challenge themselves. Ultimately, it's about finding the right mix for you and being able to manage your time and stress levels effectively. Good luck with your scheduling decisions!

10 months ago

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