a year ago
Admissions Advice

Should I explain AP course availability in supplemental

I'm trying to figure out whether or not I should explain more about my HS courses in a supplemental. My HS technically offers 21 AP courses in its catalog, but in reality usually only offers 15-16 each year because of lack of sufficiently enrolled students or availability of teachers. In addition, some AP courses are taught in same time block so it is schedule-wise impossible to take at the same time. By time I graduate I will have completed 9-10 AP courses (waiting to find out if spring one will be offered) and 2-3 concurrent enrolled courses in local community college. There isn't any way in terms of schedule I could have taken more AP courses than what I am have/am scheduled to take. Per CV chancing profile, it looks like I only took 9 out of 21, but that's not really accurate. I wonder if my info will be put in admissions algorithm at a college and held against me so should I try to explain all this in supplemental or will that look bad? If I should explain it, how should I make it as easy as possible to understand?

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@DebaterMAXa year ago

Ask your counselor if they send a leaflet/pdf of course offerings and requirements. If not be brief and professional and include in extra info not as an essay

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a year ago

Most school counselors will send a summary of what's offered at your school, and admissions officers understand that it's impossible to take all (and that not all are offered yearly). Beyond that, some may not even be interesting to you, or applicable to you (like AP languages - you can't take all of them unless you study tons of languages in HS).

Taking 9-10 AP courses and 2-3 dual enrollment courses is fantastic for top schools. As long as you have good grades and test scores (if you're applying with them), you should clear the academic threshold just fine for top schools. You don't need to explain this in an essay or additional information section at all.

Do you feel that your CV chancing is off? Did you input any honors classes? We're trying to fix a glitch where the engine is unusually harsh if you input 0 honors classes. If you have 0, try changing it to 1 to see how your chances change.

Hope this helps, and best of luck!

11 months ago

I certainly think that it wouldn't hurt! Admissions officer's are great at assessing the opportunities someone had to view their application holistically, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.


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