AP Courses in High School

<p>Just wondering....is there a specific number of AP courses that a high school student should take in order to be considered for admission to Amherst College? And does it matter if the AP's are taken junior or senior years or spread over the students four years in hs?</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>I am positively sure there is no absolutely requirement, wavywonder :). You are encouraged to take the most rigorous courseload available to you, and that can mean one AP course, five AP courses, or ten AP courses, depending on your school. How many AP classes do the top students at your high school take? That's how many you should aim for.</p>

<p>And does it matter if the AP's are taken junior or senior years or spread over the students four years in hs?</p>

<p>Well, colleges will be able to see the scores of APs taken junior year, but they will also look at what classes you're taking senior year, so both are important.</p>

<p>Some schools like mine don't even offer AP courses for the first two years of high school so I personally don't think it matters if they are spread out over all four years of HS. I only took 4 AP classes and that's quite a bit less than most people I've read about on CC though about on par with the number the val took at my school. I agree with xrCalico23 about the 'most rigorous courseload', especially if people that attend your same HS are applying to Amherst as well.</p>

<p>*absolutely requirement -> absolute requirement</p>

<p>Adding to what spiritualwitch said, I only took one AP class by the end of junior year but was nevertheless admitted to several of my reach schools, most as difficult to get into as Amherst.</p>

<p>Ditto. However, it would look good if you self-studied in some areas and took the tests. My D's roommate did just that, and graduated a year ago.</p>

<p>Thank You very much for responding to my post. I have a much better idea of how I should structure my AP courses over the next two years.</p>