Is it better to have a high GPA or challenging courses on my transcript?

Hey guys, I'm a junior and I've been wondering if it's more important to have a high GPA or to take challenging courses when applying to college. Should I prioritize maintaining a high GPA or should I focus on taking more challenging classes even if it might lower my GPA? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

7 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking about your college applications early on. I faced a similar question with my child when they were in high school. The answer really depends on the schools you're planning to apply to and your individual strengths. Generally, colleges like to see that students have challenged themselves throughout high school by taking rigorous courses. However, they also understand that not everyone can excel in every subject, and maintaining a high GPA is important too. If you can handle the workload, I'd recommend taking challenging classes in subjects you're passionate about and feel confident in. This will allow you to demonstrate both your academic abilities and your willingness to push yourself. On the other hand, if you think taking on too many challenging classes might significantly lower your GPA, it might be better to strike a balance between the two. Remember, your extracurricular activities, essays, and recommendations also play a significant role in college admissions, so make sure you're devoting time to those as well. Good luck!

7 months ago
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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SAT: 720 math
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