Are You Taking the Right Courses?

Depending on which colleges are on you radar, you’ll need to pick your courses carefully. Many students make the mistake of planning their high school curriculum too late. Suddenly, they find themselves pressed to take more competitive course load to meet the criteria of their target schools. Here’s a look at three typical schedules depending on whether you’re thinking about an average, competitive or very competitive college.

High School Course Guide by College Type

Grade Average College Competitive College Very Competitive College
9th Algebra (1st yr)
English (1 yr)
Algebra (1st yr)
English (1 yr)
Foreign Lang (1st yr)
World History/ Geography (1 yr)
Geometry (1 yr)
Foreign Lang (2nd yr)
English (1 year)
World History/ Geography (1 yr)
10th Algebra (1st y)
or Geometry
Foreign Lang (1st r)
Biology (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English
Geometry (1 yr)
Foreign Lang (2nd yr)
AP Biology (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
Algebra (2nd yr)
Foreign Lang (3rd yr)
AP Biology (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
European History
11th Algebra (2nd yr)
or Geometry
Foreign Lang(2nd yr)
U.S. History (1 yr)
Chemistry (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
Algebra (2nd yr)
Foreign Lang (3rd yr)
AP Chemistry (1 yr)
AP U.S. History (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
Trig/Math Analysis (1 yr)
AP Foreign Lang (4th yr)
AP Chemistry (1 yr)
AP U.S. History (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
12th Algebra (2nd yr)
Foreign Lang(3rd yr)
Gov’t/ Economics (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
Trig/Math Analysis (1 yr)
AP Gov’t/ Economics (1 yr)
Physics/ Science Elective (1 yr)
Elective (1 yr)
English (1 yr)
AP Calculus (1 yr)
AP Physics (1 yr)
AP Gov’t/ Economics (1yr)
Elective (1 yr)
AP English (1 yr)
AP Foreign Language

 

Content provided by Dr. Kat Cohen, founder of ApplyWise:

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