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Low # of AP classes...help

FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
edited November 2012 in Yale University
Hi guys I am a senior this year. I have a 4.0 gpa and a 33 ACT. The weakness with my app is that I have only taken 3 AP classes junior year... Got a 5 on calc AB and a 4 on chem. I didn't take the AP Lit test for some reason. This year, I am in three AP classes. I see everyone taking like 10 AP classes by junior year. How much will this hurt me to schools like Yale Harvard Princeton and WashU...
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Replies to: Low # of AP classes...help

  • gibbygibby Posts: 7,300Registered User Senior Member
    First off: Inhale, breathe, relax, exhale!

    All selective colleges, including Yale, judge you in the context of your school. If the maximum number of AP's offered at your school is 3 your junior year and 3 your senior year -- you're fine! However, if everyone else at your school (not College Confidential) has taken 10 AP's since freshman year, then your schedule, in comparison, is going to look weak. I doubt that is the case, so you should be chill! BTW: Your teacher recommendations are far more important than your number of AP courses!
  • rapidezrapidez Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    Awesome advice^ As long as you've maintained a competitive schedule, not having 24 APs won't kill you :) Good luck!
  • FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
    Thank you guys! Makes me feel a lot less stressed!
  • Kdog044Kdog044 Posts: 1,452Registered User Senior Member
    I agree with the above advice. It all depends on how many AP classes are offered and what percentage you took. My son, a current sophomore only took 5 AP classes but his school only offered 6.
  • entomomentomom Posts: 23,661Registered User Senior Member
    On the SSR, your HS GC will mark whether your course schedule was: most demanding, very demanding, demanding...for your school, that's what counts.
  • FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
    My school has offered quite a lot of AP classes though. I just hate history so I didn't take those... I'm just worried the college won't accept me cause I haven't taken the most rigorous schedule... Ughhh
  • FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
    Bump............
  • gibbygibby Posts: 7,300Registered User Senior Member
    https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Docs/DownloadForms/2013/2013SchoolReport_download.pdf

    Inhale. Relax. Breathe. Exhale.

    I would suggest that you have a conversation with your guidance counselor, as s/he completed the Secondary School Report above and ranked the rigor of your schedule as compared to all other college bound students in your school. See page 2 of the pdf, top upper right hand corner.

    With a 4.0 and a 33 ACT, I have no doubt that you will be accepted to a great school! It may, or may not, be Yale. In any case, you should read a few caring words from Jeffrey Brenzel, Yale's Dean of Admissions: http://admissions.yale.edu/after-colleges-accept-you
  • FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
    My school offers APs in every subject. I should have taken the AP English one this year instead of regular... Damnit. She already sent in the forms and probably put demanding or very demanding. Probably not most demanding.
  • gibbygibby Posts: 7,300Registered User Senior Member
    She also could have given you the benefit of doubt and have written 'Most Demanding." Ask her; that's the only way you will know.
  • FutureDocSauveFutureDocSauve Posts: 347Registered User Member
    Is that information she would be willing to tell?
  • gibbygibby Posts: 7,300Registered User Senior Member
    It depends on your relationship with your guidance counselor and the way you phrase the question. If you ask "I'm just curious, do you happen to remember if you checked the "most demanding" box on my SSR?" She may remember, she may tell you, she may not.
  • maxwellXCmaxwellXC Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    I'm concerned about the same thing, low number of AP courses. I only had two junior year (well maybe they'll count it as three because I we have micro/macro econ as one AP course). And this year, I again have two.

    Would they weigh this against me being in 2 varsity sports and being a firefighter?
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