College Admissions: How Important Are AP Exams?

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As high school juniors are preparing for their AP exams, many are wondering how important are they!

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AP Exams are important!” – Dr. Paul Lowe

The depth and breadth of a student’s high school curriculum is very important – work done at the accelerated, honors and AP levels will matter in how the admissions committee evaluates your overall transcript – rejection or acceptance.

Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities (and BS/MD programs) expect students to enroll in AP classes unless they have enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program or if their school does not offer AP classes.

Students who are applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities (and BS/MD programs) on average enroll in 8 – 12 AP courses. It’s important that you do well in the AP courses, as admissions officers want to see that you have been challenged and that you are doing well despite the challenging and demanding curriculum.

Students not taking advantage of AP courses offered at their schools are generally not looked at favorably during the admissions selection process. “Several admissions officers at the Ivies have told me that they’re more likely to admit students who have taken several APs.” – Dr. Paul Lowe

AP exam scores are self-reported.  We recommend that you should report scores if you receive a 3 or higher.

Dr. Lowe advises his clients which AP courses they should enroll in as it relates to their college student profile thereby helping them stand out during the admissions process.

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Dr. Paul Lowe, Admissions Expert

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.  For colleges and universities that recommend or require videos: College Admissions Video Productions.

Colleges With the Biggest Endowments in 2020

A colleges endowment is intended to support current and future generations of their scholars with the resources needed to advance knowledge, research, and innovation. As such, endowment funds are used for the school’s normal operations and activities, including education, research, campus renewal, faculty work, and student financial aid.

Here are the biggest endowments (as reported by each college – fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019):

  • Harvard – $39.4 Billion
  • Yale – $30.4 Billion
  • Stanford – $27.6 Billion
  • Princeton – $26.1 Billion
  • M.I.T. – $17.5 Billion
  • U Penn – $14.6 Billion

This data is from a 2019 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) -TIAA Study of Endowments.

What does this mean for these colleges/universities and their survival through the COVID-19 college crisis? These universities are going nowhere! Additionally, they continue to maintain their prestige and brand!.

Princeton is offering a 10% discount on tuition for students studying remotely to account for changes in the college experience. However, the key here is that you first have to be accepted to Princeton.

As a result their endowment, the Ivies even in the midst of COVID -19 remain highly competitive.

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Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty? – Dr. Paul Lowe

We provide our clients access to our specialized knowledge! – Dr. Paul Lowe

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   The admissions affiliate: Ivy League Admissions Advisors specializes in admissions to Ivy League and highly selective colleges,  Dr. Lowe also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools: College Application Rejected. and student who wish to transfer to another college:  College Transfer Admissions Advisors.

Colleges with the Biggest Endowments

A colleges endowment is intended to support current and future generations of their scholars with the resources needed to advance knowledge, research, and innovation. As such, endowment funds are used for the school’s normal operations and activities, including education, research, campus renewal, faculty work, and student financial aid.

Here are the biggest endowments (as reported by each college – fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017):

  • Harvard – $37.1 Billion
  • Yale – $27.2 Billion
  • Stanford – $24.8 Billion
  • Princeton – $23.8 Billion
  • M.I.T. – $14.8 Billion
  • U Penn – $12.2 Billion

A published research paper: “Why University Endowments Are Large And Risky” by Professors Thomas Gilbert and Christopher Hrdlicka of Washington University’s Foster School of Business, shows that over the past 30 years, universities have chased higher returns on their endowments, leading them to take greater risks. More than 75% of assets in university endowments are now in risky investments, including but not limited to: equities, hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, non-campus real estate, natural resources and distressed debt.

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Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network. He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, Ivy League Admissions Advisors help students gain admissions to Ivy League and high selective colleges and universities.