College Prep Curriculum

   Your first step in preparing for the college search -- and for college itself -- is to pursue a rigorous curriculum at your high school.

Basic Requirements

   Keep in mind that most colleges have a set of basic curriculum requirements for applicants. This typically includes four years of English, three to four years of Math, three years of Sciences, and three years of Social Sciences. Studying a Foreign Language is encouraged as well. These basic requirements can vary from school to school, so it's a good idea to find out what the requirements are at the colleges you might be interested in attending.

Diversity

   A diverse curriculum not only allows you to explore your interests and talents, it will also help you stand out when you begin applying to colleges. Students who demonstrate a wide range of academic skills will have a better idea of what they wish to pursue in college, and typically find it easier to adapt to college courses.

Advanced Placement

    Advanced Placement (AP) courses are an excellent way to prepare for college. Colleges realize that the typical workload in an AP course is much closer to the college experience than an average level course, so students who excel in AP courses may have a better chance of getting into a competitive college. Also, the college credit you can earn from taking the AP Exams may allow you the flexibility to double major, add a minor, or simply pursue a more individualized education at college.

Remember...

   Colleges aren't just interested in your academic performance; they consider your extracurricular activities, character, and motivation just as much as they consider your grades. Commit yourself to a rigorous college prep curriculum, but try to leave yourself time to pursue your interests outside of the classroom as well.

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