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sqdwfe13
Posts: **1,261**Registered User Senior Member

Would it hurt me a lot at selective colleges if the highest-level math course I took was Precalculus before I graduated?

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## Replies to: Highest-level math course

1,877Registered User Senior Member2,497Registered User Senior MemberIt certainly won't help.

541Registered User Member1,174Registered User Senior Memberand to graduate u have to have 4 years of math, and she already maxed out all the math available seeing ap calc bc is the highest level

so she applied to ap stats to fulfill the requirement

and results came out thursday as who got in, or was waitlisted for ap stats

and i was like uhh jinzhao it says here u are waitlisted

and she was like WAHTTTTTT HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE (SPASM)

then i was like jk

ok that was random lol

1,261Registered User Senior MemberIt's going to be reeeally hard for me to fit in AP Calc BC because I'd have to sacrifice a lot of other things I am doing.

But if I was well-rounded in every other way, would a selective college actually REJECT me for not taking Calculus?

2,497Registered User Senior Memberrequirementthough). What that set of math classes tells colleges is that math may not be your strongest area. So then SAT I/II scores come into play, i.e. if you did well you should be okay.1,261Registered User Senior Member154Registered User Junior MemberThat said Econ is becoming an increasingly quantitative field. Hopefully, other parts of your application convey some strength in mathematics.

91Registered User Junior MemberI took (just fyi): Geometry, Algebra 2, Functions/Trig/Statistics, and AP Statistics.

The first three classes were all basically "easy" math classes - but I just don't understand math well, so I didn't see the point in struggling (and probably getting Cs no matter how hard I worked) in a different track. AP Stat is a challenge for me but I'm doing well. It makes a lot more sense to me than other math classes have. :)

1,437- Member391Registered User MemberAt our school precalc is the fourth year:

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

Precalc

"and she already maxed out all the math available seeing ap calc bc is the highest level"

Is this common at most schools? At our school you can go to multivariable calc as the highest level. Plus we have to take Algebra AB to take Algebra BC, except for special circumstances.

391Registered User MemberLike others have said, including GCs I've talked to, taking Calc in high school is pretty important. Schools do frown upon not taking it, and yes it could hurt you.

I'm not trying to scare you or upset you but give you the honnest truth. Mostly it depends on the type of schools that you are applying to. Most of the schools that "stereotypical" CCers apply to think it is important.

Good luck with everything.

2,047Registered User Senior Member1,003Registered User MemberThere is Calc AB in my school (as of next year). However, it will only be offered as AP Calc AB

online, and I don't believe a single student has signed up to take it next year, not even the few students who like math.Personally, I don't believe colleges will discount me because I chose not to take an AP online course for

Calculus. Most of the seniors who've applied to college this year (most of which are in Pre-Calc now or who took it last year and no math this year...because there was none above PreCalc this year) have been accepted to most of the places they applied to.I don't think the colleges that I'll apply to next year will toss my app because I didn't take Calculus. Then again, I don't know about the Top school because I'm not a future Ivy applicant and such.

I actually have a full course-load next year (6 classes, because DE classes are two periods). I don't believe colleges will think I'm slacking off at all.

Maybe it depends on the college? Probably. Some won't care as long as you've completed your requirements and have good grades and rank and GPA. Some are pickier.

17,472Super Moderator Senior MemberDavid Bressoud's Launchings from the CUPM Curriculum Guide

for the number of students who have taken more advanced math courses. Different colleges look for different student characteristics, but it's not a bad idea to challenge yourself in math.