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Which grades do colleges consider?

How's it going, everyone? I'm starting to plan for my college applications, and I wanted to ask which grades colleges typically look at? Do they consider all four years of high school or just certain years? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hello! When colleges review your application, they generally consider all four years of your high school grades. This includes your cumulative GPA, which is calculated using all courses you have taken during your high school career. They'll look at the growth and trends in your academic performance, the rigor of your course load, and how you've challenged yourself over the years.

That being said, some colleges may place a greater emphasis on your junior and senior year grades since they're more reflective of your abilities as you approach college-level work. It's essential to maintain a strong academic performance throughout high school, but it's particularly crucial during your last two years.

In addition to looking at the grades themselves, colleges will also review your course selection throughout high school. They'll be interested in seeing how many advanced courses (such as AP, IB, or Honors) you have taken and whether you've pursued subjects that interest you or relate to your intended major.

So, while all four years of high school grades are considered, it's crucial to finish strong during your junior and senior years. Keep in mind that each college may weigh these factors differently, so it's essential to research each school's specific academic expectations. Best of luck with your college applications!

7 months ago

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