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Should I take APUSH

krvin12krvin12 41 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 49 Junior Member
I have a pretty heavy courseload at a New England’s boarding school. In my junior year, I’ll be taking:

AP Physics C, Multivariable Calculus, English (AP Literature), Post-AP computer science.

I am deciding between normal US history vs APUSH. My courses are already difficult, so I’m not sure whether I can handle it. Our school generally over-preps you for our APs, so I’m a little worried about grades. Thank you!
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  • 4gsmom4gsmom 675 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 699 Member
    Are you interested in it?
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  • MoonKnightMoonKnight 377 replies9 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 386 Member
    AP US History classes tend to have lots of work that a student needs to do. With your course load, it might be better to stick with regular US History. However, that is just my opinion. If you think you can handle it and manage your time well, then go ahead and take it.
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  • LyfeWaterLyfeWater 23 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    If you are interested in history, take it. If not, don’t put yourself through too much just to impress colleges or raise your GPA if it’s weighted.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 32782 replies350 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 33,132 Senior Member
    edited July 4
    It is NOT whether you're interested. Top colleges want 3-4 years of history. The basics are USH, Euro, and World. The competition will have 4 years, incl AP, if available. And they want balanced rigor in cores, not just what you like.

    Sheesh. If you're in a BS, why aren't you using your GC?

    And why is this my 3rd thread today where a stem wannabe specifically wants to avoid USH in favor of more stem? Odd.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 37973 replies6574 discussionsSuper Moderator Posts: 44,547 Super Moderator
    edited July 4
    they want balanced rigor in cores, not just what you like.
    To be fair to the OP, the question was not APUSH vs STEM; it was APUSH vs non-APUSH. @lookingforward . And the OP really has provided too little info. The answer may be different if s/he took other AP history classes vs. no AP history classes. The answer may also be different if the OP had provided the 4-year curriculum plan and discussed post-HS plans.

    Although the point that the BS college counselor would have advice tailored to the OP is valid.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 32782 replies350 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 33,132 Senior Member
    AP in non stem cores was my point. No, we dont know more. But I'd guess OP does. Or, I'd hope..
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