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Considering a Four-Year College? Do's for 11th Graders

  • Do take chemistry. (Selective colleges take the sciences very seriously.) Already taken chemistry? What about physics?
  • Do take pre-calculus and/or trigonometry. Finished these, too? Move on to the next level this year.
  • Do continue with a foreign language.
  • Do take advantage of Advanced Placement courses. Colleges realize that AP courses are more difficult and they will be glad to see that you have challenged yourself.
  • Do take the PSAT, the SAT and/or the ACT.
  • Do visit all the colleges to which you plan to apply.
  • Do visit a variety of local colleges to get a sense of the culture and atmosphere.
  • Do consider selective colleges even if you got off to a rocky start in high school. Colleges look for improvement in performance as a sign that you can and will do the work.
  • Do continue your involvement in activities and consider a leadership position, but do not assume this participation will compensate for lackluster grades

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

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