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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.

2016 AP Districts of the Year Videos

Educators and students at three of the 2016 AP Districts of the Year share how AP classes have provided life-changing experiences.

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 Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.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.