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How should I answer the question about the highest math class I will have completed by high school graduation?
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Some of the undergraduate colleges at Cornell ask applicants to report the highest math class they will complete by the time they graduate from high school. If you are applying to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, or the College of Engineering, you will be required to answer this question. Here are some guidelines that may be helpful in doing so:

 

  • If your highest math class does not include material covered in a typical pre-calculus course, you should select “My highest math does not include pre-calculus” as your response. For example, if your highest math is algebra, algebra two, or trigonometry, you should select this response.
  • If you will complete one class that includes pre-calculus material as your highest level math class, you should select “Pre-calculus.” For example, if your highest math is titled “Pre-calculus” or is a course that does not cover calculus topics in depth, you should select this response.
  • If you will complete one class that includes calculus topics, you should select, “The equivalent of one calculus class.” For example, if your highest math class is Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB, or the equivalent, you should select this response.
  • If you will complete two classes that include calculus material, you should select, “The equivalent of two classes in calculus.” For example, if your highest math is Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, or the equivalent, you should select this response.
  • If you will complete three classes that include calculus material, you should select, “The equivalent of more than two classes in calculus.” For example, if your highest math class is titled Calculus 3 or Multivariable Calculus, you should select this response.
  • If you will complete more than three classes that include calculus material AND you will also complete a more advanced math class, you should select “I have moved beyond calculus.” For example, if your highest math class is Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, or Number Theory, you should select this response.
     
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