From a Recent AP Program Survey AP course experience favorably impacts admissions decisions at 85 percent of selective colleges and universities. “ We look favorably on students who have taken AP courses. The presence of AP courses is a sign that a student has chosen to challenge him/herself.” AP Admissions Officer Online Bulletin Board
Keng, Dodd study conducted by University of Texas found:
AP students earn higher GPAs in the advanced college courses into which their AP credit allowed them to place, compared to students with the same high school class rank and SAT® scores who did not earn AP credit and who did not skip the entry-level college course.
AP students who place directly into a higher-level college course take more college courses in that same subject area, on average, than students who did not take an AP Exam in that subject area in high school.
Hargrove, Godin, Dodd study conducted by University of Texas found:
AP students statewide in Texas earn higher college GPAs and have higher four-year graduation rates when compared to students with similar SAT® scores and socioeconomic backgrounds who did not take AP courses and exams.
AP students whose AP Exam grades enabled them to skip into third-, fourth-, or fifth-semester courses outperform the students in those courses who had not skipped the prerequisite courses. (Morgan and Ramist, 1998)
When compared to non-AP students, students who took AP are twice as likely to take additional courses in those subject areas in college, and in some subject areas these AP students take double the number of additional courses. (Morgan and Ramist, 2000)