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What are the advantages of taking AP classes in high school for college apps?

Hey peeps, I'm totally stressing about my course load next year. What AP classes did you take that you think helped strengthen your college application the most? I want to make sure I'm challenging myself but also not overwhelming myself.

7 months ago

Definitely understand the stress of balancing a rigorous course load while also taking care of your well-being. Taking AP classes can certainly strengthen your college application because they demonstrate your willingness to engage with college-level material and also indicate that you're challenging yourself academically. Colleges look for students who have taken a rigorous curriculum relative to what's available to them. So if your school offers AP classes, it's beneficial to take some, particularly in subjects that you're interested in or that might be related to your intended major.

For instance, if you're aiming for an engineering program, AP classes like Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry could be particularly advantageous. On the other hand, Humanities programs might value APs in English, History, or Languages.

Remember though, it's not just about the number of APs, but also how well you can handle them. It's better to get good grades in fewer AP classes than to overwhelm yourself and not perform as well. Prioritize your interests and strengths when choosing APs, and try to find a balance that lets you show off your academic chops without burning out.

7 months ago

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