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07/01/2020 at 10:56PM

Will taking 7+ AP Courses be worthwhile if I'm attempting to reach MIT?

Hi, I'm a Mexican-born student situated in TN. My goal is to make it to MIT to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. I have a 4.4 GPA, near the top- if not the top- of my class. Next year, I will be taking AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP Lit, AP Macroeconomics and AP US Gov. I am contemplating adding 2-4 more AP Courses to boost my GPA further. I am also a Company Commander for the NJROTC Unit among several other leadership charges. I'm participating in two Virtual College programs with ND and USC, and I'm awaiting response from a third.

I already have a hectice schedule, but I can remove some free time to make room:)

Is it worth it?

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07/01/2020 at 11:06PM[edited]

The rule of thumb is that for elite schools, once you reach that threshold of 8 or so AP classes the number above it doesn’t matter. I would say a goal of 7 is great unless it is really stressful and impacts your mental health and gpa negatively. Try to maintain that competitive edge by taking more AP classes than your peers do / than the school average. Yes, it is worthwhile IMO.