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What are the benefits of taking college classes while in high school?

Hi folks! I'm a junior and I've heard a lot about taking college classes during high school. Can someone explain the advantages of this? How does it affect college admissions and is it looked upon favorably by admission officers?

7 months ago

Taking college classes in high school, often referred to as dual enrollment, can have several benefits. Academically, it demonstrates to college admissions officers that you're capable of handling more rigorous, college-level coursework. This can be especially impactful if you're taking classes in subjects that interest you or align with your intended major, as it shows initiative and a readiness to delve deeper into your field of interest.

Succeeding in these classes can contribute positively to your Academic Index, which is an assessment tool some especially selective schools use to evaluate the overall strength of your academic record. If you want to know more about this tool, you can read more about it on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-is-the-academic-index-how-is-it-calculated.

Moreover, taking college level coursework environment will prepare you to handle the increased rigor of a college academic environment. So, having a few college classes on your transcript will give admissions officers confidence that you're ready to thrive as soon as you step on campus.

Lastly, on a more personal level, these classes can also give you the opportunity to earn college credits, potentially allowing you to graduate from college early, specialize your studies sooner by skipping intro level classes, or take a lighter course load to concentrate on extracurricular passions. Practically speaking, this could mean less tuition to pay and/or the option to double major, study abroad, or participate in internships.

It's not a guarantee, but showing that you've already succeeded at the college level can be a positive in the admissions process, and also brings personal benefits which shouldn't be discounted. Good luck with deciding whether or not dual enrollment would be right for you!

7 months ago

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