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Four years of science necessary for college admission?

Stressed junior here! I'm trying to balance out my academics and extracurriculars but I’m not sure if I need to take a fourth year of science. Do most colleges require four years or can I get by with three?

7 months ago

Hello there! It's wonderful to see you taking charge of your academic planning. The requirements can indeed vary by institution, with some schools suggesting four years of science, especially if you're aiming for top-tier colleges or STEM fields. Nevertheless, the general recommendation is three years of laboratory science. A fourth year can bolster your application, showcasing commitment and rigor, but it's not strictly necessary for all colleges. Since you're also juggling extracurriculars, reflect on the balance and what might best serve your interests and stress levels. If your extracurriculars are related to science or your intended major, that's a compelling way to demonstrate your passion in the field even if you don't take that fourth science class. Be sure to check the specific admission requirements for the colleges on your list to find out whether they require 4 years of science though. Good luck, and remember to prioritize your well-being alongside your pursuits!

7 months ago

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