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What math classes should I take in high school to impress colleges?

Hey everyone! So, I'm trying to map out my high school math curriculum and want to make sure I'm on the right track for college admissions. What sequence of math classes would be considered rigorous enough for top universities? And should I go beyond Calculus if possible, or is that overkill?

7 months ago

Hello! It’s fantastic that you’re planning ahead for your high school math curriculum. Most top universities are looking for students who have taken rigorous courses that challenge them. A typical sequence would include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Precalculus, followed by Calculus. Now, if you have the option and are comfortable with the challenge, taking AP Calculus AB or BC demonstrates a strong command of advanced math.

Going beyond Calculus, like into Multivariable Calculus or Differential Equations, is impressive, but only if you're genuinely interested and can handle the workload without compromising your grades in other subjects. Remember, it’s all about balance and showing that you can excel in challenging courses. Good luck!

7 months ago

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