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How do colleges perceive this

EustruriaEustruria Registered User Posts: 34 Junior Member
edited May 2017 in High School Life
So, after around 2 months of signing up for classes, 3 of my classes (advanced biology, physics based calculus, and macroeconomics) happened to have been placed on the same period as each other with no other available periods. I could only choose one, and that had to be biology for requirement reasons.

As with previous years, I may sway the guidance counselors to grant me admission to classes on campus at the university of Connecticut, and for this case, I desperately want to take physics-based calc (I did terrible at advanced physics along with everyone else and I guarantee you, it's the teacher's fault) to show my potential. Not sure about your schools, but this courses seems pretty unique to other's course catalog.

So back to the question, do you think colleges would perceive taking a class as the only high schooler on a university sounds better/gives any benefit over taking the same class at my high school (and btw, we have this thing called "AD" where we get the college credit and high school credit if we take it here, whereas in my case, if I take it on campus, I only get the college credit)?


Replies to: How do colleges perceive this

  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 2,078 Senior Member
    It will look like dual enrollment so yes it will look good, probably no better than the equivalent AP Physics C class. Also, the phrase you're looking for is "calculus based physics" not "physics based calc"
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 38,849 Senior Member
    Many students dual enroll (the generic term for "'AD") and doing so at UConn would be seen as more rigorous than the typical Community College class. Since your goal is also to correct the impression left by that physics-based class. It'd definitely be better than taking it at your high school.
  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 Registered User Posts: 532 Member
    I don't know about your school but at my daughter's high school there are no college classes taught as part of high school. There are AP classes which are high school classes with a potential to give college credit. Here students take college classes (one a semester or do early college in which every class is a college class). The college classes taken here are regular college classes that college students take taught by college professors on a college campus.

    The high school kids taken them get both the college credits (transfer ability depends on the college you apply to) and a high school credit. The high school credits are weighed the same as AP classes and are averaged in with the high school classes on the high school end. However when it comes to applying to college you need to get the college transcript sent to each college since it is separate from the high school. For instance my daughter's high school report card says college English but it is the college transcript that says Composition 1 (whatever it is called).
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 2,895 Senior Member
    Taking a class on campus at a state flagship might look more impressive than taking a course at a local CC or within your own high school. Does the U of Ct really have a calculus based physics course available at night or whenever you would be able to take it?
  • Sportsman88Sportsman88 Registered User Posts: 1,581 Senior Member
    But your grade will matter. Make sure you are ready for this course. It trips up many a would be engineer in college.
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