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Advice on the number of honors classes for a competitive college app?

I'm currently a junior, starting to look ahead at college applications, super stressed but excited! How many honors classes would be ideal for someone targeting top-tier schools, especially the Ivies? I've heard mixed things from everyone and anyone's insight would be much appreciated!

8 months ago

I understand how this can be a source of anxiety, but let’s take a moment to breathe and break it down. For competitive colleges, particularly the Ivies, it’s important to challenge yourself with honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. However, there’s no magic number that applies to everyone. You want to strike a balance between rigorous classes and what you can handle without overwhelming yourself.

Consider your strengths when selecting honors classes and aim for a mixture that supports your academic 'spike' or specific area of interest. For example, if you shine in STEM, honors courses in math and science will be particularly beneficial. Remember, it’s not just about the number of honors classes, but also performing well in them and showing an upward trajectory in your academic performance.

Additionally, involvement in extracurriculars that demonstrate leadership and personal interests will also play a significant role. Start a conversation with your counselor to devise a plan that suits your goals and capacity!

8 months ago

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