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11 months ago
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Dose graduating early harm my chances of being accepted into college?

I am a sophomore but I'll be graduating my junior year since I would have all my credits. But even though I think is a good choice I am unsure if it would look bad when applying to colleges. Since I would not have 7 of my credits till I actually graduate.

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11 months ago

I don't believe that it should hurt. It shows initiative and determination. However, I would advise that you consider some other aspects of this. On the social side of things, you may still want to remain with your class (or maybe you want to get far far away from them) and graduate with your friends. You might not want to take on a bunch of new responsibilities at an accelerated rate. Not graduating early would ease you into those at a steady rate (or at the least put them off until later).

If you don't mind these results of graduating early, I suggest considering the benefits of staying in high school. If your school offers it, you could dual enroll, that is take college courses in high school. Many high schools cover some or all of the cost to do this, so you could start earning college credit at a greatly reduced cost. If your school doesn't offer this, or if it doesn't appeal to you, you could also consider AP courses to get college credit for a low cost. Additionally, these both look good on an application and show that you are taking advantage of the opportunities given to you.

I will also say, you have a lot of time ahead of you. Don't feel rushed to graduate early. I don't know all the reasons you're considering this option, but if it's simply because you have the credits to, I might rethink this. If this is something that you really want to do, go for it! I don't think that it should hurt college admissions. I wish you luck!

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11 months ago

I'm not 100% sure, especially depending on the college, but I don't think it's a problem. As long as you have all your credits by the time you graduate, I don't see why a school should care that you were in school less than the usual amount of time (especially if you got good grades and have good extracurriculars). I really don't think it would be an issue as long as you have your diploma. Colleges might even be impressed.

Good luck!

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