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Do colleges really look at the 'Courses and Grades' section in the Common App?

Quick question, does the 'Courses and Grades' section of the Common App really make a difference? I mean, they already get our transcripts, right? Why do we have to fill this out too?

8 months ago

Absolutely, the 'Courses and Grades' section in the Common App is important! It's true that colleges will receive your official transcript, but this section allows you to present your academic record in a format that's consistent across all applicants. This consistency makes it easier for admissions officers to quickly understand your academic history, especially in relation to the other parts of your application. For instance, if you've taken an unusual course not found at most high schools or if there are any discrepancies in your transcript, you can clarify these in the 'Courses and Grades' section. Moreover, it gives context to your grades by showing the rigor of your coursework, which can be just as significant as the grades themselves. So, while it might seem a bit repetitive, taking the time to accurately fill out this section can only benefit your application!

8 months ago

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