I'm in 11th grade now and have opted for Commerce course study in 11th and 12th grades. I'm planning to apply to the Ivy leagues for a Computer Science major. Since I'm not doing any sciences now, will that hurt my application to colleges?

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    Kim Dixit
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Kim Dixit Answered a year ago

You did not mention whether you are studying Commerce with Math. If you do not have Math it will be difficult to be admitted in Computer Science. Furthermore, even selective liberal arts colleges, such as Wesleyan in Connecticut ~14% admit rate), report that 85% of admitted applicants (in all majors) have studied Bio, Chem and Physics. So while science isn't required in all four years of high school, limited exposure to the sciences may impact your chances at the most selective universities. 

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered a year ago

Hi! Most top US colleges will want you to have a minimum of two, preferably three, years of science. It may not be a problem if you have taken sciences in grades 9 and 10. Have you taken any computer science courses? I recommend to all of my students that they have a well-rounded list that includes schools beyond the Ivies. Make sure that you have schools that are targets and safeties as well. Let me know if you have any further questions! 

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