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Can you please shed some light on the AP credit/ dual enrollment credit options at both colleges. I am interested in knowing if it is possible to knock off a year due to having enough AP's or DE credit. I've looked on their sites and found some information but not enough. Thanks

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https://registrar.stanford.edu/students/transfer-credit

 

Did you see this? There is also a menu on the left side of this page listing specifics for AP and transfer credit. Ds did not try to get transfer credit for the two college level courses taken in high school, so I can't speak to that specifically. I am guessing that would be less cut and dry than awarding AP credits. I might be worried about foundation courses for upper level courses in the same discipline taken elsewhere. Ds got AP credit for calculus and chemistry. They also provide it for physics and CS. AP foreign language credit can fulfill the foreign language *requirement*, but I don't think credits are awarded. I don't *think* AP courses can be used to fulfill any gen Ed requirements. They may be used as electives or in the major where allowed. This site says that a max of 45 units can be used. Since 45 per year is the required number to get the minimum number necessary to graduate, I suppose it would be theoretically possible to knock off a year if you had 45 credits. The feasibility might depend, however, on how many credits were required for your specific degree. For one with a heavy number of required units there is less room for electives. Even with fewer AP or DE credits, one could up the number of units taken per quarter and cut out some time. Not sure if that would be advisable. I have known students who have opted to take off a quarter for one reason or another. That is very doable. Most students graduate with more credits than needed because there are so many interesting courses to take. And, I don't think most are eager to leave The Farm early anyway. :)

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Yes to what Cynthia said above. DD received 28 credit units at Stanford from AP courses in chemistry, comp sci, calc BC, and physics C. Her other 8 AP classes didn't count for credit, though she placed out of her gen ed foreign language requirement with her AP Latin score.  She went on to major in Classics. Students there still have to take placement exams before registering for foreign languages courses, regardless of AP results.

 

Dd did not have dual enrollment courses apart from one Stanford EPGY math class, which (after much trouble, haha!) transferred over as 3 credits.

 

None of the above moved her along toward her degree any faster, as she elected to take the honors sequences in mathematics and computer science. She ended up with a major in Classics & minors in math and CS, and she managed a semester abroad at a Classics program in Rome without any worry about whether or not the classes there counted toward graduation. She was not eager at all to leave early; there were so many fun & interesting experiences and courses... I think she did mention one friend who finished a bit early due to finances. Not easy to do, though!

 

My son at MIT entered with as many APs as his sister, but he received credit for physics, bio (no longer allowed), and calc only. In addition, he sat for their physics 2 and multivariable math end-of-courses exams & received credit for those, too. The rest of his APs went into an "elective credit" bucket, which was fairly useless toward meeting graduation requirements. He had no dual enrollment.

 

All it did for him was allow him to start at a higher level.  He skipped all but one of the freshman GIR classes, and he entered the sophomore EECS sequence as a first semester freshman. There was still plenty to learn and experience! He had no desire to graduate early. He loved his dorm (full of math and CS types; plenty of Olympian kids), and I don't think that I ever heard of anyone taking an early graduation. What he was able to do was comlplete a thesis based Master's program in five years, including 12 months on site at a Silicon valley firm where he did his research. Invaluable, as it led to his current employment.

 

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Great. Thank you so much Hoggirl and Kathy for the information. A friend and I were just throwing out ideas to see if it is possible to finish in 3 years mainly due to finances or do 4 years with over a semester as internship.

 

I had seen the page Hoggirl linked but I wanted to hear from parents with kids there because sometimes they say you can earn up to this amount but it is all going towards general education requirements and does nothing for your majors. Thanks again

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My son's AP scores were all in humanities. I think his AP Latin earned credit but it didn't matter because it doesn't take anything away from his degree requirements.

 

I was very surprised at how generous aid was. Most FAFSA schools considered us full pay. Stanford awarded $25k. Also they subtract aid from the total price not just tuition. So their grant kicks in after DS' s Navy ROTC scholarship pays tuition and fees.

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Great. Thank you so much Hoggirl and Kathy for the information. A friend and I were just throwing out ideas to see if it is possible to finish in 3 years mainly due to finances or do 4 years with over a semester as internship.

 

I had seen the page Hoggirl linked but I wanted to hear from parents with kids there because sometimes they say you can earn up to this amount but it is all going towards general education requirements and does nothing for your majors. Thanks again

My son at MIT had a teammate who graduated in three years.  He took a heavier than normal load each semester and also took classes for credit during the month of January each year. 

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Back in the day I used AP credits to graduate in 3 1/3 years. I could have done it in 3 except there was 1 class I needed to finish my major that was only offered in the fall quarter.

 

DH used AP and DE credits to double major in 4 years including an engineering degree that was way more credits than my psychology major.

 

 

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Thank you. That's good to know. We are trying to see about graduating in 4 years but using the extra time to do internships and coops might also work better. Thanks all again

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Thank you. That's good to know. We are trying to see about graduating in 4 years but using the extra time to do internships and coops might also work better. Thanks all again

One reason I majored in psychology and minored in human biology rather than the other way around was that HumBio required an internship while psych did not. The classes I took were mostly cross-listed (I did the bio-psych concentration) so I was taking pretty much the same sequence.

 

In retrospect, I should have majored in the science rather than the social science because it would have avoided the stigma of psychology being an easy subject. The classes I took were NOT easy but employers who only saw the degree name and not the full transcript would not know that

 

 

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Generally it still takes 4 years to graduate. At many of these schools most everyone comes in with quite a few credits from AP and duel enrollment. 

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Sometimes  students “stop out†and do a quarter/semester at one of their home-state universities – just an idea.

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