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Current or Most Recent Year Courses

Hey guys, I'm trying to figure out which classes to take next year to improve my college chances. Where can I find a list of the current or most recent year courses that colleges are looking for? Any help would be awesome!

6 months ago

Hi there! While there isn't a specific list of courses that colleges are looking for, they definitely appreciate students who challenge themselves with a rigorous curriculum. Colleges consider the level of the courses you've taken such as honors, AP, or IB classes, and how that compares to what's available at your school. Here are some general guidelines to help you choose your courses and improve your college chances:

1. Core subjects: Focus on taking courses in the core subject areas - English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. Make sure to take the required number of credits for each subject, as outlined by your high school, and aim for at least three years of each (four years is even better).

2. Advanced courses: Aim to take honors, AP, or IB courses when available, as they demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence. However, only take on as many as you can handle without compromising your performance in other classes. Balance is essential.

3. Electives: Choose electives that align with your interests and potential major in college. For instance, if you're interested in engineering, consider taking advanced math and science courses or courses in computer programming.

4. Consider your strengths: Focus on the subjects where you excel and try to take challenging courses in those areas. Colleges appreciate students who demonstrate academic strengths and have a well-rounded curriculum.

5. Consult with your counselor: Schedule a meeting with your high school counselor to discuss your plans and get personalized advice based on your school's course offerings, your academic performance, and your goals.

Remember, it's crucial to maintain a balance between challenging yourself and maintaining a strong GPA. While it's important to take rigorous courses, make sure you can handle the workload without spreading yourself too thin. Good luck!

6 months ago

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