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Math requirements for college admissions – how many years?

Okay, so I’m halfway through high school and just hit a roadblock in planning for college – how many years of math are usually required for college admissions? I’m not a big fan of math, so it'd be cool to know if I can get by with the minimum or if I've got to stick it out all four years.

8 months ago

Understanding the math requirements can indeed feel daunting, but it's great that you're planning ahead. Most colleges recommend, if not require, that students complete at least three years of mathematics, including algebra and geometry. However, for the most competitive colleges, four years of math, including math taken in your senior year, is often expected. The reason being, they prefer to see students maintaining a strong course load through their final year of high school.

If you're not intending to major in a math-intensive field and you're looking at less selective colleges, three years might suffice. That said, even if it's not your favorite subject, powering through to a fourth year could strengthen your application and ensure you meet the expectations of a broader range of institutions. Plus, keep in mind that taking math all four years can help keep your skills sharp for college-level coursework. Whatever you decide, make sure it aligns with your future academic and career goals. Good luck!

8 months ago

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