What math classes did you take in high school before getting into an Ivy League school?

<p>I want to get into Princeton, but I'm not sure if the amount of math that I'm taking in high school is enough. I'm planning to take:
Freshman - Algebra 2
Sophomore - Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry (it's combined)
Junior - AP Calculus AB
Senior - AP Calculus BC
Is this enough math experience to get into Princeton or they don't really care?</p>

<p>Does your high school offer anything higher?</p>

<p>No college expects you to take classes your high school doesn’t offer. If you’ve taken the most challenging classes your school offers, you’ve met that “requirement” and they’ll move on to other parts your application (extracurriculars, test scores, recommendations, essays, interview, demonstrated interest, etc.). </p>

<p>Basically, taking math classes above Calculus BC isn’t necessary nor is it sufficient. </p>

<p>If you want to take a higher-level math class in high school, though, I don’t see why you can’t take AP Calculus BC junior year and multivariable calculus (or linear algebra, differential equations, discrete math, etc.) senior year. Does your school require you to take AB before BC?</p>

<p>Our school does it like this:
9th - Algebra 2
10th - Pre-Calculus + AP Stats
11th - AP Calc BC
12th - Higher Math (Multivariate Calc, etc.)</p>

<p>And I believe we’ve had a couple of people go on to Princeton.</p>

<p>All selective colleges like 4 years of math (and English, science, social studies, and foreign language). Just stay on the highest track you can for 4 years.</p>

<p>If you just want anecdotes, I’ve had friends go to MIT and to Yale taking that exact four year track.</p>

<p>Brown admit: Geometry (8th grade) - Algebra II (9th grade) - Trig/Pre-Cal (10th grade) - AP Calculus BC (11th grade) - AP Stats (12th grade)</p>

<p>Yale admit: Geometry (8th grade) - Algebra II (9th grade) - Trig/Pre-Cal (10th grade) - AP Calculus AB (11th grade) - DE Calculus III (12th grade)</p>

<p>What I’m doing is Geometry-9th, Algebra 2-Summer, Pre-Calc/Trig-10th, AP Calculus BC-11th, AP stats and AP Computer Science-12th</p>

<p>I’m going to be going to Cornell next year. As someone else said, they won’t expect you to take more than the school offers. Just look at me. I feel so deprived, my school goes like this:</p>

<p>8th grade: Algebra I
9th grade: Geometry
10th grade: Algebra II/Trig
11th grade: Precalc
12th grade: Calculus I</p>

<p>I totally feel like I could have handled more (and really wanted to), but my school doesn’t exactly have the greatest resources (no APs), and my guidance counselor didn’t do much for advanced students. After the initial algebra I, everything else has been a cakewalk for me, including calculus.</p>

<p>Our school has exactly the same sequence as bro5596’s, no AP math courses, and my daughter also got in to the CAS at Cornell. I wonder if bro5596 might go to the same school, lol. </p>

<p>I know someone who got into Cornell with Calculus AB at 12th grade. That was the highest his school offered though.</p>

<p>2018 Harvard admit:</p>

<p>09: Geometry
10: Algebra II
11: College Algebra
12: Calculus AB</p>

<p>That’s as much as her high school offers, and the last two are dual enrollment.</p>

<p>I’m going to Brown.</p>

<p>Geometry (regular), Alg. II (regular), precalc (honors), AP Calc AB </p>

<p>Cornell admit: </p>

<p>9th: Trig
10the: Precalculus
11th: College Calculus
12th: MVC & DE </p>

<p>Well it really depends on your major, if you a hum kid then you could get by with only Calc AB or BC. However if you intend to major in math you should at least have multivariable. And if you major in something like physics you probably need at least BC.</p>

<p>Brown admit (and 90% sure I’m going there).</p>

<p>Geometry (honors), Algebra II (honors), Pre-Calc (honors), AP Calc AB.</p>

<p>That is the highest/toughest course sequence at my school. </p>


Not true at all, unless your school offers multivariable. </p>

<p>Columbia admit, currently taking calc III. I’m not sure how much post-BC math helps, especially since you will likely have to retake it</p>

<p>Thanks SO MUCH for the answers! Supposedly, the toughest math course at my high school is Calculus BC, and the math classes that my school has are:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math Analysis/Trigonometry, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science
It also seems like my school requires us to take AP Calculus AB before taking AP Calculus BC. I’m probably going to check on that with my counselor. </p>

<p>Simply taking advanced classes won’t get you in an ivy league. They want unique people with crazy achievements and passion in specific subjects. Don’t even bother thinking about ivy leagues. Amazing students with 4.0s and great test scores get rejected. The schools are a bit overrated anyways in my opinion. </p>

<p>Admitted to Dartmouth, attending Rice.</p>

<p>9th-Honors Unified Geometry
10th-Honors Algebra II/Trig
11th-Honors PreCalc
12th-AP BC Calculus</p>

<p>Someone I know Admitted to Dartmouth</p>

10th-calc ab
11th-calc bc
12th- differential eq</p>

<p>Some I know Admitted to Stanford
8th- alg 2
10th- precalc
11th- calc ab
12th-calc bc.</p>