Question: Many colleges require three years of math for admission. I took algebra before freshman year, geometry freshman year, and algebra II sophomore year. Do I have to take one more year of math (pre-cal) to be admitted to colleges?
Unless you are applying to a college (or program within a college of university) with a math or science focus, you'll find that there are rarely rigid requirements, only â€œrecommendations,â€ and your algebra, even if taken before 9th grade, should â€œcountâ€ toward these. Just make sure that it appears on your high school transcript. It should, even if you took it at a different school, not the high school you currently attend. If not, ask your guidance counselor to add it.
While itâ€™s not imperative that you continue your math career beyond algebra II, if you are applying to the most competitive colleges, itâ€™s not going to be to your benefit to stop your math with sophomore algebra II. Youâ€™ll be up against other candidates whoâ€”even if not aspiring math majors, scientists, or engineersâ€”have taken AP calculus.
If, however, you have taken some challenging science courses in your junior and senior years, elite-college admission officials will be more likely to overlook your math deficiency. Less competitive places should be satisfied with what you have accomplished so far.