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Not Vigorous Enough Course Load? Help Out an Anxious Senior

sunnysura128sunnysura128 0 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
So I want to major in business administration, and I am thinking of applying to schools like UC Berkeley, NYU, USC, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Boston U, Bucknell, U of Miami, U of Virginia, U of Washington, and Cal Poly SLO. I did a little too much reading into what a vigorous senior course load should be, and I made myself a little too anxious.

My current course load is: AP Gov/Econ, AP Psych, AP Stats, Yearbook, Lit Comp 12, and Animation. I wanted to take Business skills but it doesnt fit in my schedule, same with AP Spanish. At this point, school has started so I can't exactly change my schedule. I guess I really just need some reassurance about the classes I am taking. I really want to be able to get into one of my top schools, and I am hoping that taking Yearbook or Animation won't affect my applications too much.

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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27439 replies143 postsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    edited August 15
    What was your course schedule for the last three years? Did you increase your HS course rigor each year? How many AP courses are the top students at your school taking for Senior year?

    Application review criteria UC’s, USC and Cal Poly SLO below:
    UC’s and SLO:
    Very important: Academic GPA, Application essay, Rigor of secondary school record , Standardized test scores
    * Important: Character/personal qualities, Extracurricular activities, Talent/ability, Volunteer work, Work experience
    * Considered: First generation college student, Geographical residence, AP/IBHL exam scores
    * Note: GPA, test scores, course work, number of and performance in honors and AP courses most important. Strong senior program important. Extracurricular activities, honors and awards also reviewed.

    No specific curriculum is prescribed or required, though students offered admission typically pursue the most rigorous program available to them in English, mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language and the arts. Careful attention is paid to preparation for the intended major.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77196 replies672 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Have you completed precalculus and calculus? CPSLO's MCA formula supposedly gives lots of extra points for completing up to 4 semesters of advanced math (precalculus and calculus).
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  • GumbymomGumbymom 27439 replies143 postsForum Champion UC Forum Champion
    SLO’s MCA points calculation gives bonus points for courses taken beyond the CSU required minimums and this includes Math/Foreign Language taken in Middle school. Below is what CSU’s require vs. what SLO’s would like to see for the bonus points. AP Stats will be considered for the Math bonus points if you have taken Pre-Calc but you have no Science or Foreign Language Senior year so you will not get maximum points unless you completed Foreign Language up to Level 4 by Junior year?


    Bottom line is how does your Senior classes compare in rigor to your Junior year classes?
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28780 replies56 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Your senior course load does not cut it for most selective schools so know unless you’ve run out of offerings.

    Selective Colleges don’t like it when you take a light load senior year. You do not have a vigorous enough load.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41585 replies447 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Have you completed all levels of Calculus? Spanish 4? AP Lang?
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  • happy1happy1 22672 replies2225 postsVerified Member Senior Member
    In addition to calculus and Spanish 4 have you completed a sequence of bio, chem, and physics?

    Agree that competitive colleges definitely look at course rigor in 12th grade. You should not eliminate a core course for the sake of taking an elective. The best person to discuss schedule rigor with is your guidance counselor as rigor is relative to what is offered in your HS.

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