Taking AP classes can help students:
Build skills and confidence.
- AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
- They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.
Get into college.
- 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 coursework.
- 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.
Succeed in college.
- Research shows that students who receive a score of 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher graduation rates than their non-AP peers.
Save time and money in college.
- Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time—which means they avoid paying for, for example, a fifth year of tuition.
- Most colleges and universities nationwide offer college credit, advanced placement, or both for qualifying AP Exam scores. This can mean:
- Fulfilling graduation requirements early
- Being able to skip introductory courses or required general-education courses
Recognized by Universities Worldwide, AP is a global credential.
Universities around the world recognize AP when making admission decisions, course requisites, and awarding university credit.
Qualifying AP Exam scores earn university credit in nearly all universities in the United States and Canada and are recognized in 60 other countries worldwide. Scores of 3 or 4 on AP Exams fulfill admission requirements in many universities in UK and Europe.
Each college and university determines its own policies regarding AP Exam scores. For detailed information about the AP recognition policies of universities, use the searches below:
2017 AP Districts of the Year Videos
Educators and students at three of the 2017 AP Districts of the Year share how AP classes have provided life-changing experiences.
AP District of the Year 2017: Gwinnett County School DistrictEducators and students at Gwinnett County School District share how AP classes have provided life-changing experiences.
AP District of the Year 2017: Lynwood Unified School DistrictEducators and students at Lynwood Unified School District share how AP classes have provided life-changing experiences.
AP District of the Year 2017: Joliet Township High School District 204Educators and students at Joliet Township High School District 204 share how AP classes have provided life-changing experiences.
Jump to footnote  referrer. The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.
Jump to footnote  referrer. Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.
Jump to footnote  referrer. Linda Hargrove, Donn Godin, and Barbara Dodd, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences (New York: The College Board, 2008). Chrys Dougherty, Lynn Mellor, and Shuling Jian, The Relationship Between Advanced Placement and College Graduation (Austin, Texas: National Center for Educational Accountability, 2006.
Jump to footnote  referrer. The College Board, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, 2008.