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Four AP Classes for Future Speech Pathologist?

Sally Rubenstone
Written by Sally Rubenstone | Aug. 29, 2015

Question: This upcoming year I will be in my sophomore year and I am taking one AP, AP Gov, which is the only AP allowed for sophomores.  However, throughout my high school career I currently have 4 AP classes I want to take.  I am afraid that this might not look challenging enough.  The APs I plan on taking are AP Gov, AP Spanish Language, APUSH, AP Psychology and maybe an AP math (Calc or Stats).  What do you recommend that I take?  I wanted to take an AP Science but in my senior year I am taking Anatomy and Physiology because I want to major in Speech Language Pathology.  I would appreciate any guidance to what I should take. Thanks so much.

It’s impossible to answer this question in a vacuum … i.e., without a lot more information about you, and especially about your college goals. But, based on what “The Dean” has been told, here are some thoughts:

If you are aiming for the most selective colleges and universities (those that admit roughly 20 percent of all applicants or fewer), then your “competitor applicants” may be submitting transcripts that are chock-full of AP classes which, in turn, could make your own application seem less impressive.

BUT … the majority of colleges that offer a Speech Pathology major don’t fall under the hyper-competitive rubric. So, if your academic and career plans don’t change, you should be absolutely fine with the program that you have mapped out so far … assuming, of course, that your grades and standardized test scores (where required) are within the typical admitted-student range for the colleges on your list.

Hope you have a great year ahead.


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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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