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AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Taking AP classes benefits students in a number of ways:

Favorably Impacts College Admission

  • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous course work.Jump to footnote [1]
  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.Jump to footnote [2]

Offers Financial Benefits

  • Students who take five years or more to graduate can spend $21,500 for each additional year in college, to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, transportation and other costs.Jump to footnote [3]
  • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.Jump to footnote [4]

Builds Skills and Confidence

  • Students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
  • Students dig deeper into subjects that interest them, and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

Jump to footnote [1] referrer. The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.

Jump to footnote [2] referrer. Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.

Jump to footnote [3] referrer. The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2011, Figure 1.

Jump to footnote [4] referrer. The College Board, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, 2008.