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Do colleges prefer a higher GPA or more challenging courses?

Hi fellow high school students and collegevine experts! I'm a junior and I've been taking a mix of honors and AP classes throughout my high school career. My GPA is pretty good, but I'm wondering if colleges would rather see a higher GPA or evidence of taking more challenging courses? I'm trying to decide what classes to take in my senior year, and I'm not sure if I should prioritize my GPA or take more challenging classes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great to see that you're being proactive about your college applications and thinking about the balance between GPA and course rigor.

From my experience with my own child's college application process, I can tell you that colleges generally like to see both high GPA and challenging courses, as it shows that you're not only academically capable but also willing to push yourself.

However, it's essential to strike a balance. While taking challenging courses may impress admissions officers, make sure not to overwhelm yourself to the point where your grades suffer significantly. It's important to maintain a good GPA while also taking some advanced courses.

My suggestion would be to evaluate your strengths and interests when choosing classes for your senior year. Pick a few challenging courses in subjects you're passionate about and believe you can do well in. This way, you can demonstrate your dedication to learning without compromising your GPA too much.

Additionally, consider reaching out to your guidance counselor for advice, as they may have more specific insight into your situation and your school's course offerings.

Good luck with your decisions, and I hope this helps!

9 months ago

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