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How important are high school course rigor and class rank?

Hey there, I'm a junior and I'm wondering how much weight college admissions officers place on course rigor and class rank. I've taken some challenging classes, but I'm not sure if it's enough. Should I prioritize taking more difficult classes to boost my application, or focus on maintaining a high GPA? Thanks for any advice!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're already thinking about college admissions as a junior. Both course rigor and class rank can play a significant role in the admissions process, but it's important to strike a balance between the two. Colleges like to see that you've challenged yourself with a rigorous course load, but they also want to see that you've performed well academically. If you can manage to take difficult classes and maintain a high GPA, that's an impressive combination. However, don't overwhelm yourself to the point where your grades suffer. It's better to have a slightly less rigorous schedule with a high GPA than to struggle in many challenging courses and have a lower GPA. Ultimately, it's about demonstrating your ability to handle college-level coursework and excel academically. Keep in mind that extracurricular activities, personal essays, and letters of recommendation are also important factors in the admissions process. Good luck with your college journey!

9 months ago

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