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Are Dual Enrollment Classes and mostly honor classes impressive to UNC schools?

I am currently finishing 11th grade with 10 plus honor classes and by senior year I will have 8 completed dual enrollment classes. I have scored all A's in my dual enrollments and mostly A's and some B's in my honors classes. In my regular classes except for one class out of my three completed years of high school I have had a C. I never wanted to take AP classes because my school has a reputation for poor teaching when it comes to AP Courses. I just want to know if my dual enrollments can be impressive. I also have held a leadership position for two years and three years by the end of senior year and have been an active member for three years and 4 by the end of senior year.

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Generally, AP classes are considered more rigorous than dual enrollment by colleges. However, both will improve your weighted GPA and will help with admissions. I think you have a good chance, but it also depends on things outside academics. Despite what a previous poster suggested, colleges have a holistic application review process and look at many things besides just academics. Good extracurriculars, leadership positions, recommendation letters, etc. will help. Also, make sure you've taken physics and chemistry for UNC schools.

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5 months ago

Hello, as an early college student from North Carolina, I have asked this question plenty of times. I actually asked the UNC system and they gave me a pretty good response. They do not look at dual enrollment, honor classes, or AP classes any differently but they do recognize how difficult it is compared to regular high school classes. What they are looking for is how well you did in your classes and how rigorous your transcript/classes are. Keep in mind that academics is the only factor they are considering in the college application. My recommendation is to take some AP classes despite the reputation your school has. There are plenty of resources online that can guide you through these AP classes. Colleges will know what classes your school offers and they might think you are not taking advantage of the classes offered at your school if you didn't take any AP classes. I hope this helps!

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Honestly I think does but not as much as AP. AP requires more work while from my experience dual credit/enrollment is the same as a regular class but is usually honors. The only difference I've seen being in it is that I have an earlier deadline to complete all work as to my piers that aren't in it. If you really feel taking AP from your school is a bad Idea I would consider writing that in my app so that they don't take it as you didn't try to go above and beyond. If your school doesn't have a lot of AP it shouldn't matter that much. Overall dual credit is mainly to cut down the cost of college classes. Keep in mind that not all universities accept them and if they do they usually have a limit of how many they accept. My dream school's limit is four.

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