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Is Physics Really Necessary?

Question: Is physics really necessary if my daughter (a high school sophomore)  is better at AP Bio? It’s the only AP she thinks she can do well, and she has no other “rigor”. The counselors say colleges like to see physics but we thought she could take it senior year if really necessary. She is not a STEM.

 Plus, since she is at a well-known college prep school, don’t they realize the entire school has more rigor than other schools? What if she ends up with only one AP class?

Assuming that your daughter’s high school offers multiple AP classes, then having just one AP on her transcript will probably not make her a candidate for the more selective colleges. These institutions are looking for candidates who have challenged themselves academically and whose guidance counselors indicate on their applications that they have taken the “Most Demanding” course load available to them or at least a “Very Demanding” load.

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