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17 days ago
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Purpose of taking non credit/ credit college courses

In the college vine profile under Honors and AP there is another criteria- “ coursework taken at a community or four year college. I wanted to know whether this is of value if the course is non credit. As a junior I will graduate with about 7 honors and hopefully one AP and I wish I had done more. Should I find some engineering/ computer course to take at my local college.There is a one week course in UMAs Lowell. I also saw a one month course somewhere else. If there is non credit will I get a certificate to show that I fared well? How will the college know how I did?

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13 days ago

Hi @Skazi,

This depends on your local colleges policies. To answer your question about if you should take it, I'd note the following:

This could be a really valuable opportunity if it's a means for you to experience your future college or career path. However, if you're only doing it as a resume booster, chances are you won't be engaged and you won't get the most valuable experience out of the course.

If you network with the professor that is running the course, you may be able to get a letter of rec from them or find other opportunities, like in research. If anything, you'll be connected with a professional in that field, which could come in handy down the line.

You may also have unique experiences that you can then write about in your college essays, which could be another reason in favor of taking a course.

At the end of the day, if you find something that you're interested in, and you want to spend more time on it - I say go for it! Especially if your schedule allows and you think maintaining your grades won't be an issue with this additional responsibility.

Hope this helps and best of luck!

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