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Plan out a challenging program of classes to take.
- Colleges care about which courses you're taking in high school. Remember, you will have more options if you start planning now for college and do your best to earn good grades.
- The courses you take in high school show colleges what kind of goals you set for yourself. Are you signing up for advanced classes, honors sections, or accelerated sequences? Are you choosing electives that really stretch your mind and help you develop new abilities? Or are you doing just enough to get by?
- Colleges will be more impressed by respectable grades in challenging courses than by outstanding grades in easy ones.
- Do your high school course selections match what most colleges expect you to know? For example, many colleges require two to four years of foreign language study.
- Establish your college preparatory classes; your schedule should consist of at least 4 college preparatory classes per year, including:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math (through algebra II or trigonometry)
- 2 years of foreign language
- At least 2 years of natural science
- 2 years of history/social studies
- 1 year of art
- 1 year of electives from the above list
- Enrolling in algebra or geometry classes and a foreign language class for each semester (most colleges have math and foreign language requirements)