college classes vs AP

<p>do college classes or AP classes look better?</p>

<p>I'd say college classes because anyone can digest a barron's book and get a 5 on an AP but college classes require understanding of a concept that cannot be taught by paying $20 at Barnes and Nobles.</p>

<p>Don't they do the same thing? AP let's you bypass the class with credit.</p>

<p>I'm not sure, they're usually viewed around the same level, I'd think. I took a couple APs, before moving on to focusing on college classes at the local state college. I'm able to graduate with my Associate's degree in December (I could have in August, but spaced my classes out more and never called in my AP credits), but I may wait until May to get another semester in. Public and private schools in my state (FSU, UF, UM) will take up to 60 credits (I'll have a little more than 60), so I'd only have to spend two more years on my BA. However, I don't think I will. For out of state, it varies: NYU takes 32 credits (one year), but Harvard, predictably, takes none. Though I don't know how much most take. Harvard does allow for at most a year of "advanced standing" from AP (with certain requirements), so that may mean they view that as better. Or maybe they respect someone who takes college classes, just don't want them getting Harvard credit for them. Either way, I'm sure both look good. "The most advanced curriculum available to you."</p>

<p>Both are viewed on the same level in terms of course rigor, but AP classes are more widely accepted for university credit.</p>

<p>yeah cause i wanna take some college classes, but then i cant take many AP courses cause of how are school does it, we can take college classes in place of the AP, so im not sure what to do , and i have 2 weeks to choose</p>

<p>Here's an idea, iwantyale, try asking a Yale admissions officer how they view it. If it's one over the other, there you go. If they're the same, do what classes you'd rather take.</p>

<p>Take AP. That's what they're made for.</p>

<p>Depends on the college and hs you're talking about. AP classes at my school are much harder than the classes at the nearby colleges so I stick with AP.</p>

<p>College classes are only better than AP if youre going to a graduate school. Alot of graduate schools dont except AP credit.</p>

<p>^Why on earth would a graduate school accept AP credit? They wouldn't take local college credit, either. Those things are for undergrad. Granted, if you go to a local college, those transcripts get sent when you apply to grad school, too, but that's it.</p>

<p>yeah ill def ask some admission officer..thanks for advice billymc</p>

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<p>This is a silly question, college classes. That being said I take lots of APs because it's just more of a hassle to go to my local community college for credit</p>

<p>if you wanna go for a certain major, should i take classes solely on that my senior year?</p>

<p>Probably not just that subject. You'll need 4 math classes, 4 English classes, 4 science classes (take any at the college with labs), humanities/histories, and social sciences. You don't want to focus a whole year on just one subject. Like I'll end up with 7 history classes (my intended major at most schools I'm applying to), but also 7 or 8 English classes (2 high school, one college composition, 2 or 3 literature, one writing, one creative writing), 5 science classes (3 high school, Astronomy + Lab, and a marine science + lab), 4 maths (haha, bare minimum), and subjects like philosophy, psychology, sociology, government, economics, etc. Granted, I can only manage this over a number of years and without any high school classes (they count for high school credits, though), so for colleges that prefer AP, I'm not doing so well. But the point is, you need to take a variety of classes, be they high school or dual enrollment.</p>

<p>Out of curiosity, what major do you wish to pursue?</p>

<p>Oh i got you,</p>

<p>I wanna apply for a communications major</p>

<p>not sure if i should take college communication courses instead of other things..i wanna aim for northwestern's medill</p>

<p>If you will be taking college classes, taking one or two in your major is a good idea, to get a feel for it. However, make sure it isn't to the exclusion of all else. Otherwise, it seems like you've got some good opportunities.</p>

<p>yeah thanks, and yeah hopefully</p>

<p>where are u looking into school?</p>

<p>Haha, lots of places. FSU, UVA, Catholic, Georgetown SFS, Fordham, Harvard, and Boston College is my list of places I'm most likely applying. Then I have a bigger list of "maybes". I should get a fee waiver, though, so I suppose I can apply where I like.</p>