No Physics for Ivy Engineering Aspirant?

Question: We live in a rural community without a lot of AP courses. My son is taking all of the AP classes he can, but we found out that AP physics is no longer being offered, nor is a physics class. My son wants to go into Engineering at an Ivy League University, but I feel that he is at a disadvantage in both the lack of physics courses, and the lack of AP courses. Will he be as competitive as other students that have many AP choices? Should we steer him away from applying to these top tier schools, or will he be able to compete at that level with the little he is able to take in school, he has over a 4.0 gpa, and does all of the extracurricular activities, etc., etc., but not a lot of variety in course offerings..

Thank you!

Colleges evaluate students based on what is available to them at their high schools and don't penalize them for what is not …. well, at least in theory. If your son is applying to Ivy engineering programs and has not been able to take physics in high school, he would be wise to seek out a physics course online or via a summer enrichment program. (The latter can be pricey although some do offer financial aid for those who qualify. Perhaps there is also a community college within a commutable distance where your son can take physics over the summer or in the evenings in the fall.)

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