Let’s Talk Briefly about AP Courses
Many high school students and their parents are often asking how many AP classes should be taken throughout the four years of high school. The answer is different for each student, but according to a recent article by Hollis Bischoff, here are some important things to consider.
First, think about what your interests are. Taking AP courses in areas that are important to you will best show your college readiness and demonstrated interest in your future major.
So, if you are fired-up about being a nurse or going into engineering, consider AP Physics and Calculus. And if you are contemplating majoring in history or politics, think about taking AP European History, U.S. History, and Government. Is a career in business and/or finance on your agenda? Then look into AP Economics and Calculus.
It is also important to know what specific AP courses your high school offers. Colleges want to see that you have taken advantage of everything your high school offers, both academically and socially. So, if your high school only offers a few AP classes, consider taking them. However, if your high school offers a wide variety, focus on what your interest is.
What exactly are colleges looking for? Each college really wants to see that you are an engaged, academically challenged student. If you are going to apply to a highly competitive university, you should seriously consider having significant involvement in AP classes.
UCLA says that nearly 60% of its admitted students have tenor more AP and Honors courses, with five of more being AP classes.
If you are going to apply to a less competitive university, taking at least of couple of AP classes will show your college readiness.
It is a good idea to research the college you are thinking about applying to and see what it expects from incoming students as far as courses you take in high school. In addition, you can call and talk to a college admissions representative and simply ask what they are looking for in a student when it comes to AP courses.
If you have questions about course selection or anything else that might have an effect on your college admissions, just let us know. We’re here to assist you!