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How many summer community college classes are too many (and which class to take)?

waitingforcalwaitingforcal Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in College Life
I can take AP Gov/AP Econ at my high school, but this causes a lot of scheduling difficulties and might be too big of a course load (when paired with AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics, my school is on a block schedule and AP Gov/AP Econ is one class) OR I can take Economics at a community college over summer. Econ at the community college is about half the cost of the AP test and obviously, I'll get college credit for passing it. Should I do the more convenient college class or the AP class? What would colleges like to see? Also, if I should take the community college class, there's Macro and Micro at the community college. Will two classes be too many? Which one should I take? (I'm planning on being a business major btw, in case you were wondering.)
Thank you.
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Replies to: How many summer community college classes are too many (and which class to take)?

  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    It depends on whether it's important to you that the credits transfer to your college. If you attend an in-state school, comm. college classes should easily transfer. If private college, the CC classes are likely to not transfer (the APs might not count either, depending on the school and your AP score).

    In either case, CC classes and APs both demonstrate that you can do college level work and will 'look good'. If you have some combo of the 2, so much the better.
  • DontPanic1DontPanic1 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    If you go with CC classes, I'd take two general eds such as economics and history (I think those are the 2 classes that my D took the summer between Jr/Sr year). The counselors at the CC can help you with that. Probably avoid classes that are in the area of your major - save those for your full-time college.
  • Psycho'78Psycho'78 Registered User Posts: 273 Junior Member
    DontPanic1, economics is a class for the waitingforcal's major (business), so like you say, he should probably avoid it for now.

    I have completed community college courses over the last 2 summers. On both occasions, I worked part-time. The first time it was 6 units (2 courses); the second time it was 5 units (2 courses). It seemed good. I could have probably done an extra class, but I wanted to devote more time and energy to fewer. As a result, I've earned As in my summer courses. All my summer courses have been GEs.

    If you want to take an economics course, as you pointed out, there is Macro and Micro. My college places Macro before Micro. I've completed both courses. Macro can become more difficult than Micro, in my opinion. Summer may be good for Macro since you can devote more time to it, and classes almost everyday, so you forget less/remember more.

    Overall, my opinion would be to enroll in GE courses for the summer. Most people do, and some of the time it prevents you from taking a semester of communication/art class that really does not require a whole semester. On the other hand, you can take a science course. I did this and it was great, except for the 4+ hour lecture/lab, back-to-back thing. It was better than a crazy semester with an awkward schedule, though!
  • waitingforcalwaitingforcal Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    Panic, I'm going in-state (California) and I've done comm. college classes before, so I know how it all works.

    I took just a Sociology course last summer and I felt like I did alright. I got a B in the class, so I'm wondering if I really can pull off an A in two classes.
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