Since entrance requirements for colleges vary according to the specific school, students and parents should become familiar with the different college requirements. Students, in collaboration with their families and counselors, should begin early to determine college requirements and plan to build these into their course of study. Counselors have many resources to help parents and students with this task. College Board, Naviance and other Internet sites can be valuable tools in helping to develop a plan.

    Beyond specific course requirements, most colleges emphasize the following important factors in making decisions on applications for admission:

    1. Quality and rigor of classes taken
    2. Grades in academic classes
    3. Rank in class
    4. Scores attained on the college entrance examination tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT)
    5. Appraisal of the applicant’s personal and academic qualities by his teachers and School Counselors
    6. Extra-curricular record

    Minimum requirements for students pursuing post-secondary placement is 16 academic courses (often referred to as Carnegie Units).  More selective/competitive colleges recommend that students have 20+ academic courses.

    Recommended Core Courses for more selective/competitive colleges:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3-4 years of Social Studies
    • 4 years of Science
    • 4 years of Mathematics
    • 3+ years of the same World Language
    • AP & Honors Level Courses

    Recommended Core Courses for less competitive/selective colleges:

    • 4 years of English
    • 3years (or more) of Social Studies
    • 3 years (or more) of Science (including Biology and Chemistry)
    • 3 years (or more) of Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II)
    • 2 years (or more) of the same World Language