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Do the high school classes students take really affect their college application?

The classes your child takes in high school say a lot to admissions officers reviewing their college applications. Admission officers are looking for students who are eager to learn, embrace challenges, and are always looking for the next opportunity to expand their knowledge — not the student that is taking a class because it’s easy and all of their friends are in it.


There are a few key things that admission officers are on the lookout for when reviewing an applicant's high school course selection


Was there an upward trend of difficulty?


Did the student challenge themselves by taking rigorous classes?


Did the student maintain a favorable GPA?

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How can my child choose classes wisely?

Selecting high school classes can be overwhelming, especially when there are so many to choose from — AP, IB, Pre-AP, and more. Students are faced with the question, “Do I take easier classes for an easy A or do I challenge myself but run the risk of ruining my GPA?”.

That being said, students need to find the right level of difficulty for themselves. Often times high schools have periods at the beginning of each quarter, semester, or trimester where students can add or drop a class. This means that if a student feels like they aren’t being challenged enough — they can opt for a more difficult class. If a student feels like they are struggling — they can drop down a level.

Students should consult their high school guidance counselor to find out the details of their add-drop period.

How does course selection impact GPA?

When selecting courses, you should do so with an eye on maximizing weighted GPA. Almost all schools offer weighting – or extra grade points — for AP and Honors courses, and also calculate student grades and class rank based on these weighted grades.

Your child should be focusing on selecting courses with weighted GPA in mind rather than unweighted. Even if his or her high school sends transcripts to colleges with unweighted GPAs listed, college admissions officers will adjust grades in AP/Honors courses upwards before evaluating for admission.


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What types of courses should my child consider?

Honors Classes

These classes are usually specific to the high school, meaning they determine its standards.

AP Classes

These classes provide students access to a standardized level of challenging coursework.

College Prep Courses

These classes refer to the core requirements of a high school in order to graduate.


These are classes that aren’t the “core” subjects — English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, and History.


These classes, although highly regarded by college admissions officers, there are less than 2,000 high schools that offer them in the United States.

How does CollegeVine help underclassmen prepare for college admissions?

Our students are three times more likely to gain acceptance to a top college after completing one of our programs. For underclassmen, we have developed the Early Advising Program. This program helps students and their families build strong student profiles to increase their admission chances.


74% of CollegeVine students 
get accepted to 1 of their top 3 school choices

91% of CollegeVine families are extremely satisfied with their admissions outcome

10,000 families have worked with CollegeVine to achieve their admissions goals


Can you help my child pick their classes?

Yes! The program begins by pairing each student with an expert advisor that has graduated from a top 30 college. Each student receives a Profile Analysis. The analysis uses over 10,000 points of admissions data that we have collected from our students to recommend which courses to take, along with what extracurriculars to participate in and test scores to aim for.

We use this information to calculate how a student’s profile compares to past students that have been accepted to a specific college — this shows if the student is on track or behind. Advisors then create a custom plan for academics and extracurriculars to help the student improve their positioning or maintain their progress.

Throughout the course of this program students and their families receive guidance on

Summer Program planning and application assistance

High school course selection

Extracurriculars that will help them stand out

Standardized testing — including a diagnostic exam

Insider information 
to the admissions process and important milestones

If your student is in 9th or 10th-grade, schedule a call to discuss the different ways we can help guide them to admissions success!

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