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Does Dual Enrollment with Community College count as a similar weight to the AP/IB classes?


I will be a senior in the fall. I am currently technically homeschooled as I am in a very rigorous trainee ballet program. All of my classes, however, are done with my local community college. When filling out my profile on collegevine, it said that my course rigor was questionable because I had zero AP/IB but I was under the impression that college classes were just as good, if not better. Can somebody clarify this? Thanks!


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I actually haven't heard what the other respondent has answered. I've been told colleges typically prefer AP classes over Community College classes because of more standardization in the difficulty. They're probably fairly equal but I highly doubt they're seen as more valuable than AP classes because they can't account for the rigor. I would trust CVs chancing because they're the experts and they know what the data says. I will say however that since you're homeschooled, Dual-enrollment is probably the highest possible difficulty in your context and colleges will account for that.

Thank you for your input! I think it is important to note that in my state, there is a partnership between state schools and community colleges, and all credits are accepted. I believe that this keeps the schools accountable for a certain level of rigor and would raise the prestige of CC classes. But you do raise a good point! Thank you!
Yeah that's how it is in my state as well. I think it's generally elite private schools that are more hesitant.
Yes it really depends on how well credits transfer Washington state is i believe the innovator if same numbered classes for easy transfer. I say it’s kinda more impressive almost sorely because of all classes are college credit eligible. I know almost everywhere you can not take a whole lot of APs freshman year as my high school that offers I believe all of the AP classes and as such it is almost as if summersledje skipped high school.
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So CVs system is a bit wonky but yes dual enrollment is (generally) more impressive than AP IB classes. But did you put them under the dual enrollment classes if that is not working I’d recomend you add 20% to total number of dual enrollment classes and put it under AP IB classes so you get a better chancing algorithm

Not sure where you've gotten your info on this, but that's not true. Dual enrollment classes are looked at similarly to Honors classes by most schools. AP/IB courses are more valued in admissions because of their standardized curriculum. This person is in an interesting situation and their chancing may not be entirely accurate because of that, and if they're aiming for state schools that have agreements with CCs then—beyond admissions—things like transferring credits should be fine.
I was basing this off of the presumption of an all college credit curcirulum and AP can not offer that and the problem is with transferring credit and I know an out of state school more or less has a database of common community colleges EX Chicago community college for Indiana Bloomington and if they know how they transfer it. I do not see a big problem as summersledje will nearly or get an associates degree. Though I may be entirely wrong
It's generally a lot more complicated than that. For purely admissions purposes, AP/IB > Dual Enrollment courses for the reasons I mentioned. With transferring courses, in-state public schools will typically have agreements with CCs, but out-of-state public schools and private colleges almost never do, and it's typically harder to apply dual enrollment credits to those schools.
Also, having that many DE credits as an applying student (or having an Associate's degree) may mean that you have to apply as a transfer student rather than an incoming freshman, which makes the admissions process more difficult *unless* that community college has an agreement with the school. Again, not a problem for in-state public schools, or OOS ones who have an agreement with that school. But it can be a significant problem for schools outside that range.
Anyway, a lot of people come to forum threads like these for generalized advice, so I want to make sure that specific info that only applies to a particular situation doesn't give the wrong impression. For @SummerSledje, they're probably roughly equivalent, but for a fairly big number of students they will not be.