Does it matter to not take rigorous classes?Answered
I am in 11th grade and I would like to major in film and media/graphic design. I have a lot of ECs that relate to this passion such as participating in summer as well as school year application needed film programs. I also have short films and such that I have created. As for GPA I have a 3.8 unweighted, I have a few honors classes and AP classes, however, there are very few. I also take classes that are 1-2 years above my grade level. Would I have a less likely chance due to having not so great coursework or does it not matter as much since I want to have an art major? I've been stressing about this lately and would like some clarity to ease my anxiousness. Thanks.
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Taking rigorous courses will always give an advantage! You have pretty strong other factors though. And, schools understand the difference between someone who took 7 out of their school's 12 AP's, versus someone who took all 5 of their school's. They understand each school's situation.
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The answer depends on (1) the schools you're applying to and (2) the number of honors and AP classes that are available at your school. In my school, for example, I'm taking 3 out of the 4 total honors classes that my school has. That would look pretty good in comparison with a student who has taken 6 AP classes out of the 24 that their school offers because the college always looks at you in the context of your situation. In terms of being an arts major, it depends whether you're looking at "regular" colleges, like Rollins College or URich or Harvard or specifically designated arts colleges. "Regular" colleges are more likely to care about this academic stuff, while arts colleges will likely be more concerned with your arts porfolio as long as you're generally a pretty good student. Hope this helped!
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