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

Hey there, I'm a junior and I've been debating whether it's better to have a high GPA with easier courses or to take challenging courses and risk a lower GPA. What do colleges prefer to see?

11 months ago

Hi there! This is an excellent question and one that many students find themselves asking. From my own experience with my child's college application process, I can say that colleges generally prefer to see a balance of both a high GPA and challenging courses. They want to see that you're challenging yourself academically but also able to maintain a solid GPA. It's important to push yourself in your coursework, but not to the point where it's negatively impacting your overall academic performance. Additionally, colleges often consider the rigor of your high school curriculum when evaluating your application. So, taking challenging courses can help demonstrate your willingness to take on a more demanding workload. It's also important to remember that different colleges have different expectations, so researching the specific schools you're interested in can help you make the best decision. In summary, it's generally better to strive for a balance of high GPA and challenging courses in order to showcase both your academic abilities and your commitment to pushing yourself. Best of luck with your college journey!

11 months ago

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