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03/20/2020 at 04:50AM

What's the average number of APs, Honors and college classes a UC attender takes?

My high school doesn't allow any student to take APs until they reach junior or senior year, I had to be one of the exceptions in which I skipped chemistry and took AP Biology in sophomore year. To load up on APs, I'm taking 4 in junior year (and self-studying 1) and between 3-5 in senior year. In total, that's around 9 at the least, 11 at the most. Collegevine says that people who get into UC Barbara and others have a much higher academic profile, so how many more should I take?

Thanks for your help!

@Cadence03/21/2020 at 04:01AM

Same here! I'm in CA too, my high school has the same AP policy. I took 3 APs now (but 4 weighted this year) and am taking 3 more AP's senior year (next year)! UCSB is my dream school :) Low key wondering if we go to the same school...

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2 answers

03/20/2020 at 06:05PM

Colleges will look at your APs and coursework in context with what your high school offers, and in particular whether you've taken the most challenging schedule available to you. CV can't really adjust for that since every high school is different, so it just looks at an average number. Basically, you should take as many as you can fit into your schedule if you're aiming for top 30-ish schools like UCSB. Your chances on here might then be a little lower than they are in reality because of that, but everything else should still be accurate.

03/25/2020 at 02:27PM

It's hard to give an average since so many schools offer a different number of APs, honors, and college classes. Like @jcdenton said, UCSB will look at your profile in context of what is available at your school. Just make sure you're taking a challenging course load and maximizing those classes as much as possible and UCSB will recognize that when looking at your profile.