Is it advisable to take dual enrollment while I enter the senior year of highschool?
Is it advisable to take dual enrollment while I enter the senior year of high school?
My school doesn't offer many AP classes, and I'm trying to challenge myself academically. Is it advisable for me to take community college classes during my senior year, and how will affect my college apps?
My school doesn't offer many AP classes, and I'm trying to challenge myself academically. Is it advisable for me to take community college classes during my senior year, and how will it affect my college applications?
If you are looking for a challenge or want to get ahead in your college education, I strongly recommend taking classes at a community college. Taking classes at a community college will stand out in college applications because it shows motivation to excel. This also comes with other benefits, such as reducing the number of core classes you must take in college, which could save you money.
The equivalent of an AP class is a college-level class. While a senior in AP and community college classes reap the same benefits by creating a way to obtain college credits without college, taking community college classes to prepare you for college life. This may make the transition a whole lot smoother.
As long as you feel confident and comfortable that you could handle the course load, taking college courses during your senior year of high school would definitely make you stand out as a college applicant. And depending on how many college courses you take, it could potentially allow you to graduate from college early.
Best of luck!
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This very much depends on exactly what your plans are for college. Since you mentioned that your school doesn't offer "many" AP tests, I'd very much recommend you exhaust those options before considering dual enrollment.
I was unanimously advised by my high school teachers and counselors to opt for AP or IB tests over dual enrollment courses. Why? AP and IB tests are more widely accepted for college credit than dual enrollment. This is because they are standardized, and the college granting the credit knows exactly what education you received in that subject. With dual enrollment, every institution teaches & assesses the subject a little bit differently, so colleges tend not to "trust" dual enrollment credits as much as AP/IB.
Another possible advantage to AP/IB: it is possible to self-study and get college credit without taking the class. The colleges you apply to will look at one thing only: your score on the AP test. Technically, this means you would only need to take the AP test (and do well!) to earn the credit. While I do NOT recommend this 99% of the time, I have to mention it because I did it myself for one course. My high school did not offer AP English Language, only English literature. Having been an editor by passion for several years up to that point, I decided to sign up to take the AP Language test without taking the class. I DID self-study with the Baron's prep guide, though, just to make sure I didn't go in totally blind. It was quite funny, because I was the only person in the testing room and the test proctor was very confused. When I explained to her that the school didn't offer the class, she kind of laughed to herself, probably thinking I must be one of those really stuck-up know-it-all types. (The joke was on her, though, because I got a 4 on the exam, and ultimately 6 college credits for that AP test alone.)
Other upsides to AP over dual enrollment: no worrying about travel to/from class, you get to take a challenging course and have the support of peers you already know, lots of test prep & online resources available, etc.
Hope this helps! I'm curious what AP courses you high school does offer, even if it isn't very many. However few, they will likely still be worth it!
If you are looking to get ahead I defiantly would. It can be challenging but also very rewarding. It will take discipline and motivation to get through it. I think it is great. I did it and I know a few others that have and they were able to get to their career faster. I think it will be a great idea.
My high school did dual credit with out local community college. If your school doesn’t offer this you could speak with either the advising, student services, or register departments at a community college. They can help provide you with the necessary steps towards dual enrollment. I remember for our school we had to pass a certain test before we could officially be in the class.
For what it's worth...20 years in financial aid at a university...look at what major you want to pursue in college. If it's a niche position (like medical or law) think about the schools you wish to attend. There is often an emphasis on ACT/SAT/GRE scores when it comes to in-school scholarships.
As for community college classes...it will show you are motivated...and transfer credit will help and save money in the long run. But again...depends on what your endgame is.
Sorry I can't be more helpful - but the fact that you're asking this question shows that you're on the right path. I wish you the best of luck.
You can do this!
I strongly recommend you take classes at community college if you can. It will definitely look great on college applications, and it will show them that you are able to take on a huge workload and still excel as a student. Taking this path will also help you in saving a lot of money as college is very expensive. There are still a lot of other things that you have to take into account, but as long as you think you can handle the workload definitely go for it! Good luck!