SoCaDad--I think a lot of good schools are giving that same advice. Based on my own long ago experience and the experience of a number of kids I know, I agree that a high school AP class is not a substitute for a rigorous college class. I know two kids who graduated in the top 5 of their high school classes with 5's on AP science and math tests who opted out of intro math and science classes when they went to college. They both got crushed, they simply were not prepared for second semester/year college level work in subjects like calculus and chemistry--one switched from being a science major to a business major and dropped long time plans to attend med school, the other transferred at least in part because the acdemic experience was so difficult. I think the AP "system" does a lot of kids a real disservice in this sense.