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How do dual enrollment classes look on college apps?

anna555333anna555333 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
I am currently a HS junior. I’m homeschooled so my course work is all over the map. I am curious how APs compare with dual enrollment classes. Last year I took AP Gov online and got a 5, but the online format was not very stimulating/motivating for me so now I am taking my classes at community college. The classes are pretty difficult, especially Physics 1 (science has never been my strong suit), but I am unsure that they look any better than APs on a transcript, (particularly considering how time consuming it is-3 hour lab!!). If I continue with this mode of schooling I plan on taking around 15-17 college classes before I graduate (# contingent on if I am able to get a serious internship for my senior year). This semester I am taking Honors Freshman English, Honors US History part 1, Calculus 1, and Physics 1 (plus homeschooling French 3 and Russian 1). Next semester I’ll be taking Calculus 2 and US History part 2, plus French, some fun English class and philosophy/sociology/peace studies class from a different college/higher ed institution (thinking Harvard ES or Tufts classes that are open to HS Students).
Overall I want to know how I can prove that these classes are legit and that I took a rigorous course load in high school (without having 10 APs).

Thank you!
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  • anna555333anna555333 1 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Oops, sorry for all the errors- I promise I can spell/type better than this!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 78232 replies690 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    AP calculus BC ≈ college calculus 1 and 2 (not the easier one for business majors)
    AP physics 1 ≈ college physics 1 for biology majors
    AP physics 2 ≈ college physics 2 for biology majors
    AP US history ≈ college two semester survey of US history

    In theory, either can show rigor for college admission purposes, although note that AP courses are sometimes slower paced than college courses (e.g. AP course covers in a year the material that a college course covers in a semester).

    However, for other than calculus or foreign languages, some (usually more selective colleges) may not accept the AP scores as equivalent to their own courses. However, they may not necessarily accept other colleges' courses as equivalent to their own courses either (and some private colleges limit or refuse acceptance of college courses taken while in high school).

    If you continue to take college courses that are more advanced than college frosh or AP level, then that may be somewhat of a plus if you do well in them.
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