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Since 1955, the AP® Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while still in high school. AP has grown to offer 38 courses across multiple subject areas, each culminating in a college-level AP Exam recognized by colleges and universities across the United States.

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Discover the Benefits of AP

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.1
  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.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.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.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.

1. The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.
2. Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.
3. The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2011, Figure 1.
4. The College Board, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, 2008.

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