AP classes aren’t the only thing to think about, says admissions official

With more students filling out college applications than ever before, many high school seniors are feeling the pressure. A lot of students enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes to maximize their chances of acceptance at their dream schools, but there's more to think about when filling out college applications, according to one expert writing for Inside Higher Ed.

Stuart Schmill, the dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that although AP classes can be a great way for students to get a feel for college-level work and improve their academic resumes, they aren't the only thing to think about for seniors filling out college applications. After-school activities and strong admissions essays can be just as important.

Some areas of the country have seen increasing numbers of students taking AP classes. According to The Rock Hill Herald, the number of seniors taking AP classes at schools throughout York County, South Carolina, tripled between 2009 and 2011.

If you're thinking about filling out college applications, don't forget that while AP classes can be important, there's more to making your application more attractive than taking as many AP courses as you can manage.

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