Hey everyone, I was curious on how many classes I should take senior year. I am a straight A student and I took 3 APs last year without much difficulty and scored well on the exams, on top of several EC commitments. My tentative schedule for this coming year is as follows:
1. AP Calc BC
2. AICE English
3. Spanish 4 Honors
4. AP Gov
5. Engineering elective (honors)
6. AP Physics
7. AP econ
But I was wondering if I should potentially double up on math and do AP stats as well, since I already did Calc AB last year (HS made me do AB first). What I would do is do AP stats online in addition to my other classes, but I would have 8 classes total in a 7 period schedule. My school allows this, as I can simply do the online class on my own time, but I was curious how good of an idea this is, as the main reason for doing this is to improve my admission odds and make my schedule look better, as well as making sure colleges don't think I am 'cruising' through senior year by taking BC after AB, as there is not much more material in the former. What do you guys think I should do?
Hi, thank you for asking your question! When it comes to senior year coursework, you should keep a few things in mind. 1) Choose classes that align with your major of interest. 2) The average competitive applicant to Top 40 US schools has about 7 AP-level classes in their course load. 3) An upwards trend in course rigor is impressive to admissions officers, but maintaining or increasing GPA is more important. 4) If you are going to enter engineering or another math-intensive STEM major then opt to take higher level math courses (like Calc BC, Engineering elective, and AP Physics) this will really prep you for freshman year courses in undergrad and potentially allow you to opt out of the basic 101 level courses, if you want.
That is a heavy and impressive load.
Tell me, how are your SAT/ACT levels? and your ECs? and make sure you get your recommendation requests out as soon as school starts.
I think it varies from person to person. I think you should push yourself as much as you can handle, but what is a good amount of difficulty for you and me would probably be different.
You are already taking three other AP courses and two honors courses. You'll be fine! You have to make sure your grades stay excellent and focus on your college applications. I don't think you should take AP Stats since your grades, health, and college applications are more important. Hope this helps, and best of luck!
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