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Readiness Tips for College-Bound High School Students

What comes with planning ahead are the courses you want to take care of that will not only help take your knowledge to the next level, but set yourself up so you are in a comfortable position your first year of college.

Getting Ready for College Courses

  • When you get to college, you will need to meet English and Math entrance requirements so really work on your math and English. Get help with your writing when you can, even consider taking English 101 over the summer.

  • Start with A-G courses the minute you start high school (Algebra 1, Biology, a foreign language, English and History). Take Honors and AP classes if you can, the credits will help in the long run, (especially with money), the less GE courses you need to take in college, the more money you will save and be able to put toward your upper level classes

  • Feel free to take classes at your nearby community college(s). IF YOU HAVE TIME. They are free for high school students (in most cases). You can take electives, such as psychology, sociology, art history, and more. These credits accumulate and can aid toward the classes you need to take when you are in college. Get more information from your counselor, and in order to enroll you will need a counselor’s signature/approval. 

  • Take enrichment programs around your academic and arts interests. Similarly, take after-school, Saturday, and summer programs.

  • Really get to know your teachers and ask to work on more projects or assignments. With that, teachers write recommendations for private colleges, some public universities, and scholarships. Creating a good relationship with a professor will pay off in this way and others.

  • SAVE YOUR BEST WORK EACH YEAR. Some colleges look for graded papers or essays.      


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