High School Coursework and College Entrance Requirements
Colleges generally require that you complete specific high school courses to qualify for admission. These requirements vary from school to school, so you should talk with your high school guidance counselor to determine where to focus your studies. If you have specific colleges in mind, contact those schools and ask what they require for admission.
The more types of courses you take in high school, the more you'll get to know what really interests you, which makes your choices in college easier too. You may discover that, while you do just fine in English, you're really passionate about biology.
Taking advanced courses in high school better prepares you for college, regardless of your college's admission requirements. If you take advanced placement courses, you may be eligible to receive college credits for them, which will reduce your future tuition costs.
The following chart shows the high school courses generally required if plan to attend a four-year college or university.
||Minimum state graduation requirements*
||Minimum requirements for public four-year colleges and universities**
||Recommended courses for highly selective college and universities|
|Visual or Performing Arts
|Health and Fitness
* May vary by state. Also, your school's requirements may be higher than the state minimums.
** Students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
*** Must be Algebra II or higher.