Rigorous High School CurriculumMarch 21st, 2018 by Jim Bell
One of the key factors (along with GPA) colleges seek in the admissions process is a strong rigorous High School curriculum. Colleges look at the high school profile sent from your school and compare it with the classes you selected through your high school career and compare the two. They will be looking to insure you took the most challenging classes your high school offered and determining if you took advantage of that challenging curriculum. Therefore, it is important to choose courses which are difficult to you academically and adequately preparing you for the college classroom. Some definite no-nos during this process are opting out of math your senior year, taking an easy load your senior year or simply selecting on-level courses to try and boost your GPA or class rank. We will talk more about this in our next article on managing your GPA. AP classes are usually the best option, if your school offers them, because they have a widely accepted academic standard which is monitored through training and an approval process through College Board. As a result, universities understand and are familiar with the level of academic rigor of AP whereas, they may or may not be familiar with the academic consistency of the community college/university which offers your dual enrollment credit. You need to check with the university you are attending to see what dual credit courses they will accept and how those courses will apply toward the core credit requirements of your anticipated degree. Some universities offer a credit calculator which allows you to place the course number from your college and see how it is accepted at their university. Be very intentional in your course selection process starting your freshman year and push yourself to be the best you can be. It will not only help your chances of being accepted to the college you want to attend, but it will also adequately prepare you for university level courses.