Grades 9 & 10
Arrange your class schedule so you will complete the following college preparatory classes during high school:
- English (with substantial writing) – 4 Units
- Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Formal Geometry, and additional math beyond Algebra II) – 4 Units
- Natural Science (2 of the 3 units must include a laboratory) – 3 Units
- Social Science – 3 Units
- Foreign Language (two sequential years in the same language) – 2 Units
- Total Units – 16* Units
* The university recommends that you complete at least four additional units of electives in these core disciplines. The more academic units you complete, the more competitive your application.
* Start taking academically challenging courses such as Honors and AP, Pre-IB and IB, Pre-AICE and AICE, or Dual Enrollment.
- Explore careers and jobs you find interesting. Talk with professionals in those fields and find out what kind of education is required, as well as what colleges offer those majors.
- Attend a college fair to gather information and talk with representatives from several schools. Ask your counselor for a schedule of college fairs in your area.
- Begin your college research. Where would you like to go? What would you like to study? Consider admission requirements, tuition, facilities, degree programs and the student body profile. Visit each college's website.
- Take the PSAT or PreACT tests if offered. The PSAT and the PreACT are great ways to prepare for the SAT and ACT, respectively.
- Talk to your parents about your plans for college.
- If you are a Florida resident, ask your counselor for information about the Bright Futures scholarship.