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Do colleges actually care?

lavaoutpourlavaoutpour Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
edited September 2012 in AP Tests Preparation
Do colleges actually care if I self-study ap classes my senior year?

1. how will they know?
2. Do they care?

I am only applying to UC schools
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Replies to: Do colleges actually care?

  • Question0Question0 Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    I am not sure if Ucs care about self studying, but they will know if you tell them in the "additional" information section on the application.
  • SchokoladeSchokolade Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
    My guess is that colleges won't care.

    Many colleges say that they consider AP results only for class placement, not for admission. Also, anybody can claim he or she is self-studying several AP courses; there is no way for the college to confirm that, and a student can just change his or her mind and not take the AP exam.

    My son is considering self-studying a subject that interests him, that was my college major and that his high school doesn't offer. I will be happy to help him if he chooses to follow through with it, but I will be just as happy is he decides that his 5 current AP courses, college applications and time-consuming ECs are enough.
  • gopanthersgopanthers Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    they don't really care.
  • napalm2013napalm2013 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    They most definitely do care. I am planning on self studying the following courses this year (my senior year). I notified the University of Alabama about this, and they already accepted me! Self studying shows independence and drive, in addition to setting you apart from the unwashed masses. Also, for the most benefit, consider sending a transcript outlining your work.

    Art History
    Calculus BC
    Chinese Language and Culture
    Computer Science A
    English Language and Composition
    English Literature and Composition
    Environmental Science
    European History
    Government and Politics: Comparative
    Government and Politics: United States
    Human Geography
    Music Theory
    Physics B
    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    Physics C: Mechanics
    United States History
    World History
  • Twiggy22Twiggy22 Registered User Posts: 429 Member
    Damn ! thats alot of Ap's to self study !! .. is tht all of them !?!
  • elf4EVAelf4EVA Registered User Posts: 1,592 Senior Member
    ^^ 24 APs your senior year? Do you value sleep?
  • napalm2013napalm2013 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    yeah i just want to show i'm still dedicated. also, yolo
  • garfieldlikergarfieldliker Registered User Posts: 1,992 Senior Member
  • napalm2013napalm2013 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    yep i've already taken chem, due to some personal issues i couldn't study properly for the test though and i didn't get a 5 so i need to brush up on the material and retake. i'm trying for state ap scholar
  • Twiggy22Twiggy22 Registered User Posts: 429 Member
    You can show your dedicated by studying like 4-5 of them .. but i mean u do what u want .. good luck i think you'll need it. Lmaoo ! @elf4eva do u value sleep ! :D
  • BigIsBigIs Registered User Posts: 1,057 Senior Member
    UCs are looking at numbers, not at "dedication." Do well in the stuff you are taking.
  • pixelspixels Registered User Posts: 446 Member
    "I notified the University of Alabama about this, and they already accepted me!"

    Obviously this guy is a ****.
  • thenewguyintownthenewguyintown Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    napalm = ****, watch out!
  • asdasd77asdasd77 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    Colleges mostly "care" in the sense that if you do well enough on your AP exams, you can place out of certain classes.
  • napalm2013napalm2013 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Not every lighthearted post signals a ****, chill out. :p I mean really, was copy pasting the list of every AP test not obvious enough?

    Anyway no colleges won't know so they won't care. If you tell them they will know and probably not care since there's no proof or any indication you're doing what you say you are.
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