<p>I am planning to take Economics 320 at UNC Chapel Hill next fall. If I do well(A or B), then how will that look to schools? My GPA is quite low (~3.4) but will a really strong upward trend and very rigorous course load. </p>
<p>Does anyone know how colleges will interpret this and if it is worth taking? </p>
<p>@Love4Law: since @TigerCC2014 is mistaken (for regular decision, colleges will evaluate your first 7 semesters of HS, including your 1st semester as a Senior), the decision to take the UNC course depends on you. Will this deter from your ability to knock out stellar grades in your HS? If so, then I highly advise against it. You’re correct in that your main focus should be your GPA. Knock out all As next smstr and it’ll be very meaningful. The Econ class is good, but not as important as your normal schoolwork.</p>
Thankss!! My main motive is to show my interest and passion toward economics. My EC’s are all geared toward summer econ programs and clubs. I fee like this is my redemption for my previous grades. If i prove to them that i can handle an econ course AT a college then my potential to excel will be proven, right? Please correct me if I am wrong. </p>
<p>Have you taken Econ 101 at UNC-CH? It’s a prerequisite for 320 (as well as Calc2 or more, and one college-level statistics class).
In addition, I STRONGLY advise against taking a sophomore/junior-level class as a high school student.
If you can take Econ 101, sure, do so as long as you’re certain to get at least a B. But it’d be better to take Econ 50 in the Fall and Econ 101 in the Spring.
If you already took Econ 50 and 101, take 231, 234, or 267. Ask the professor first.</p>
<p>A 2 in AP Micro/Macro WILL NOT prepare you for 320. In fact it will not prepare you for 101…
Ask for one of 101’s finals, see if you can take it and how well you do. If you can’t get a B on it, then take 101.<br>
Try to take Econ 50 (the freshman seminar for Econ majors) It’ll already be pretty hard. If not, then try one among 231, 234, or 267, depending on whether you have AP Euro, AP Comparative Gov, etc.
How much math have you had? For a 200 level class, you’d need Calc BC and AP Stats.</p>
<p>As a current senior who has taken many dual enrollment classes, I just want you to know that colleges WILL look at those grades and some, in fact, require them. You won’t be able to apply anywhere early action because colleges run on a semester schedule, not a quarterly one. You’ll probably get your grades in early to mid December. I don’t know if this will be a problem for you or not, but I wish someone would have told me! Best of luck! :)</p>
<p>@MYOS1634 LOL, I think you misunderstood me. I’m sorry, I should have been more clear. I got an A in AP Micro and AP Macro at my high school. I will take the AP Exam in May and I need a 3 or higher to place out of Econ 101 and 102 in each of the exam. I am confident I will ATLEAST get a 3 which will then give me exemption. My goal is a 5 in both. In addition, I took AP Calculus AB and BC as a sophomore and I got a 5 on the BC and a 4 on the AB. I have taken AP Stats and will be giving the exam in May along with AP Macro and Micro. </p>
<p>I DO NOT plan to get a 2 on the exams(lol). I am sorry you misunderstood me. What I meant to say is that you need higher than a 2 to achieve exemption, and I am very confident that I will exceed those expectations. Now, can I have your recommendations on which class I should take? </p>
231, 234, or 267 would all demonstrate not only interest in economics, but great ability if you manage to keep a B or more. Choose based on which AP classes you’ve already taken (Euro, World, Comp Gov, etc.)</p>