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Considering a Four-Year College? Do's for 12th Graders
- Do take physics or an AP science course.
- Do take a challenging mathematics course. Selective colleges favor students with four or more years of mathematics.
- Do consider another year of foreign language. Language proficiency can be a real asset in college and beyond.
- Do more than complete your high school’s minimum course requirements to graduate, by taking at least four academic courses.
- Do write an application essay that describes you, not what you think an admissions counselor wants to read. Selective colleges seek diverse and interesting people.
- Do adhere to application deadlines. Many colleges will not accept late applications.
- Do keep an open mind and try not to rule out a college based on cost. Colleges have financial aid available for talented and deserving students who demonstrate a real need. Many offer merit scholarships for outstanding academic achievements or other accomplishments.
- Do continue to enjoy your school activities, but you don't need to join every club under the sun. Colleges look for a continued and genuine interest in activities and evidence of leadership.