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12/12/2020 at 06:03PM[edited]

How does taking Advanced Mathematics at a University reflect on admissions to top tier institutions?

I began taking math classes at 15 at our local University (super lucky). I have always been a strong math student. I have completed Calc 2,3, Linear Algebra, and Diff EQ. I will take 2 more semesters of advanced math before I graduate from H.S. I love being able to continue to study math and am wondering if taking these classes will either positively or negatively be viewed by top tier institutions. Currently, I have a 4.00 GPA, including the University classes. (I am a competitive swimmer) I was accepted into SAMS at CMU last summer but due to COVID, it was canceled. I will be applying to another summer program for this summer. I am just beginning my college search and am looking at colleges with Division III swimming programs. Colleges like Carnegie Mellon, Skidmore, Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, Williams, Stanford, and the University of Chicago (this is not a chance me question, these are the schools that have DIII programs and also academically rigorous).

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12/12/2020 at 06:35PM

College Vine does a very good job at taking course rigor into account in their Chancing reports. You seem like a very well-rounded student and I'm sure that high level advanced classes don't go unnoticed when applying to any institution Ivy League or not.

(CV has a policy against "chancing" questions in the Q&A section. Your question is getting pretty close to that... Just sayin'...)

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@squigit112/13/2020 at 10:18PM

Thank you.... I wish I knew more students who were on this path and I could talk to them about how this affected their college path. Especially, if they had to retake the classes. I don't think it will be problematic to retake them. I just don't want it to look bad when I began applying to college.

12/12/2020 at 07:27PM

As Yoinkz says this definitely borders on chance me. But for the schools you are looking at taking math at a university is definitely impressive especially when going into STEM.

These would be considered going above and beyond normal APs so the impact these have is greater. But in response to your question it does have a positive impact.

The info on GPA and lifeguard doesn’t serve a purpose except chance mes.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@squigit112/13/2020 at 10:15PM

I was trying to put my study of math in context to my life. I am not interested in "chance me" I am more interested in how colleges review this in their students. I had a counselor tell me that this might be a mark against because it might be considered too pointy and not well rounded. Not that this will change what I am doing. I like taking these courses.

@DebaterMAX12/13/2020 at 10:25PM

The reason it bordered on chance FYI was some of the information wasn’t related to the question about taking maths at university. You definitely need to not be a one trick pony but don’t do everything and anything. Have one pillar in this case live of mathematics then have some supporting pillars that coexist with math such as (made up) helping others through xyz and you use math. Hope this helps.