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Is it better to have a high GPA with fewer AP classes or a lower GPA with more AP classes?

Hi everyone! I'm currently debating whether I should take more AP classes next year, even if it might lower my GPA. In your experience, is it better to have a higher GPA with fewer AP classes or a slightly lower GPA with more AP classes? Thanks for any advice!

10 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're thinking about your academic plan for next year. In my experience with my own child, striking a balance between a strong GPA and challenging coursework is important. College admissions officers look for students who are well-rounded and have taken a rigorous course load, but they also want to see that you can maintain a good GPA. So, it's really about finding that sweet spot between challenging yourself and maintaining your academic performance.

If you're confident in your ability to handle more AP classes without sacrificing your GPA too much, it might be worth considering. However, if you think that taking more AP classes will significantly lower your GPA, it might be better to focus on maintaining a strong GPA with fewer AP classes. Remember, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and community involvement are also important factors in college admissions, so don't forget to dedicate time to those as well. Ultimately, you know your capabilities best, so choose the path that you think will showcase your strengths and help you reach your goals. Best of luck!

10 months ago

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