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Is it better to get a high GPA with easier classes or a lower GPA with harder classes?

Hey everyone! I'm trying to decide whether to take more challenging classes and risk a lower GPA or take easier classes and maintain a higher GPA. Which one do colleges value more? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! This is a common question that many students face when planning their high school schedules. The answer, however, is not a clear-cut one. Many colleges and universities take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, which means they consider a variety of factors, including your GPA, the rigor of your courses, extracurricular activities, and more. In general, colleges like to see students challenging themselves academically and taking the most rigorous courses available to them. However, this should not come at the expense of a drastic drop in your GPA. It's important to strike a balance between taking challenging courses and maintaining a solid GPA. Some colleges also consider the concept of 'weighted GPA,' which takes into account the difficulty of the courses you've taken. This means that a B in an Advanced Placement (AP) course, for example, might be viewed more favorably than an A in a standard-level course. In short, it's a good idea to push yourself academically, but not to the point where it significantly affects your overall performance. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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