The Importance of AP

Advanced Placement courses, otherwise known as AP classes, are a common crossroad for high school seniors. Common courses include, but are not limited to: AP Euro, AP Stats, APUSH, and AP Language.

Should I take an AP course my senior year, or a more relaxed schedule?

Let me tell you, AP is worth every minute of studying. And here’s why.

1. AP classes save you thousands of dollars.

Literally. AP classes are free to take at high school (with the exception of the AP exam fee) and are thousands of dollars to take at a university. Save yourself money now, as you will definitely need any spare change once you get to school. Plus, AP classes tend to be easier than college general education courses.

2. The work you put in now, during high school, allows for more flexibility in your college schedule. 

The fewer general education courses you have to take your freshman year, the better (fewer 600-student lectures).

3. It helps to come into college with as many credits as you can. 

Aside from the fact that you need a minimum amount of credits to graduate, having credit hours shows that you are hard-working, determined, and a good student. Credit hours show how prepared you are for college, so gather as many as you can!



Class of 2020
I am studying Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Social Sciences and Literacy in the College of Education. Although I now reside in Champaign, I am originally from Vernon Hills, a Northwest suburb of Chicago.


  • Will admissions look at or consider AP test scores if sent. If scores are really good should they be sent?

  • Hi Jon,
    We will consider AP courses when it comes to the admission decision. However, students should wait to send their AP test scores until after they’re admitted. If AP test scores are high enough, they will then be used toward college credit. Scores of 3 or higher will be accepted. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 217-333-0302 or by emailing