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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 5 months ago

Is it really that big of a deal to not be in college prep level classes in high school if you want to go to college?

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  • Stoo
    Lv 7
    5 months ago
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    Depends - where I'm from not being in the right stream of high school means you don't have the right courses for college admission. Ask your guidance counselor what the difference is between levels of courses and how that would affect college applications.

  • 5 months ago

    It's a very big deal, especially for the elite universities (tiers 1 and 2). Why? Because all the other applicants for those top-drawer schools will have had those college-level courses. And they're your competition for admission.

    CalTech [tier 1], for example, admits under 10% of the applicants, and they each have essentially over 4.0 gpa and near-perfect SAT/ACT scores...plus a load of extracurricular activities pertinent to the intended CalTech courses. [See source.]

    Source(s): The average GPA at Caltech is 4.22. This makes Caltech Extremely Competitive for GPAs. The acceptance rate at Caltech is 7.7%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 7.7 are admitted. [https://www.prepscholar.com/sat/s/colleges/Caltech...
  • drip
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    University Admissions aside. Taking honor, AP and IB classes better prepares for university level work. The most prepared you are the easier it will be for you.

    There is a lot to adjust to when you go off to college. New found freedom, and responsibilities. Living away from home for the first time. Making new friends. Being able to handle the academics makes the whole adjustment easier for you.

  • 5 months ago

    What Stoo said. Where I'm from, CP (College Prep) is the -lowest- level of academic classes. Then there are honors classes (which most students planning to go to college enroll in at least a few) , and AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) for the hot-shots.

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  • 5 months ago

    If you aim for the better universities, it makes a big difference in your ability to compete for admission. But even if you don't aim for more demanding universities, the more rigorous college prep, honors, and AP classes better prepare you to do college-level work. Get used to lower standards in high school, and it can be much harder to adjust to college-level expectations.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    No the main thing is that you pass admission tests

  • ?
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    No, so long as you focus on your courses when you actually do get to college.

    • oldprof
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      You don't get into the elite colleges without good grades in the advanced HS courses . CalTech, for example, takes under 10% of the applicants, and they have essential 4.0 gpa and perfect SAT/ACT scores...plus a load of extracurricular activities pertinent to the intended CalTech courses.

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