Advanced Standing (graduating in 3 years)

<p>The AP section says that having 24 AP credits (equivalent to 8 courses at BC) allows someone to apply for advanced standing. But im confused since it also says AP’s do not give actual credit, just allow someone to surpass a pre req. or what not…</p>

<p>any1 know more about this? I would really like to graduate in 3 years since i don’t want to be in too much debt</p>

<p>Here is the quote you've seen on the BC website; the phrases that I have capitalized tell the story: "IN MOST CASES, students do not earn actual credit, rather, they fulfill corresponding requirements in the Core Curriculum. Students who have taken multiple AP examinations and have earned the equivalent of 8 or more Boston College courses may apply for ADVANCED STANDING. IF GRANTED, CREDIT FOR THESE COURSES WOULD BE APPLIED to the student's transcript, accelerating his/her date of graduation by one year. Students, therefore, who accept this option would graduate in three years.”</p>

<p>Most of the time, AP credit just lets you waive a core requirement (for example, a 4 or 5 on the AP English Lang& Composition exam lets you skip the Freshman Writing Seminar). That frees up a slot in your schedule that you then have to fill with an elective (since you still need to earn enough credits to graduate and the AP waiver doesn’t give you any credit.). In a few cases, the AP credit lets you place into a higher level course (for example, a 5 on the Calc BC exam lets you skip both Calc II and II and go directly into MT202, Multivariable Calc), but again, you get no credit for the skipped courses.</p>

<p>If you do receive Advanced Standing, however, then the school does actually give you credit for those core requirements you would have otherwise just waived. That’s how you get enough credits to graduate in three years under that particular program.</p>

<p>You might want to search the CC archives, as there have been a number of threads pointing out some of the disadvantages of Advanced Standing. Here are two of them:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/702464-advanced-standing.html?highlight=advanced+standing%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/702464-advanced-standing.html?highlight=advanced+standing&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/537021-advanced-placement-thru-ap-credits.html?highlight=advanced+standing%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/boston-college/537021-advanced-placement-thru-ap-credits.html?highlight=advanced+standing&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>can i do advanced standing and then get my MBA in the fourth year? so basically instead of doing the 5 year MBA program in finance, can i get the MBA in 4 by applying for advanced standing (cuz i have 24 AP credits).</p>

<p>Are you asking about BC's MBA program? </p>

<p>It's a 2-year full-time program, so it would take you a total of 5 years with Advanced Standing (3+2) and 6 years without (4+2).</p>

<p>You should talk to CSOM staff about the feasibility of trying to do this. It's rather unlikely that they would let you, since BC recommends having at least 2 full years of work experience before applying to its MBA program. (The average work experience of accepted students has been running around 4.5 years.) Only a very small number of students have been accepted directly out of undergraduate school.</p>

<p>Where did you get the stat that the average is 4.5 years?</p>

<p>Directly from the CSOM website:</p>

<p>FAQs</a> - Boston College</p>

<p>Click on the 4th Q down, "Do I need to have work experience....?" and you'll see it in the answer.</p>