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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.


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Chibueze Onwunaka '15

Environmental Marketing
Union, N.J.

This scholar mentor discovered he could be a role model when he helped first-year students adjust to college life.

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