College Recommended Courses

Four-year colleges recommend that students complete a rigorous academic course of study in high school. College bound students are advised to select the most advanced academic courses that he/she can handle. Research indicates that the more English, math, science, social studies, and foreign language classes a student takes, the higher the ACT or SAT scores will be. Students who want to have several options for their choice of college are recommended to take 4 years of English, math, science, and social studies and 2 to 4 years of foreign language.

Each college sets its own requirements for admission. This is only a guide. It does not guarantee admission to all 4-year colleges. All state and private colleges have differing guidelines. In a few cases, a student may be admitted without one required course for admission and the student will be required to attend a summer program or take remedial courses to make up for the deficiencies. Other colleges may suggest that a student attend a community college before transferring to their institution. (The University of Missouri systems [Mizzou, UMSL, MO S&T, and UMKC] require 4 years of math at the level of Algebra I or above.)

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  • Recommended Course List

    I. University of Missouri System Universities
    UMSL, UMKC, Mizzou, MO S&T

    4 English
    4 Mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
    3 Social Studies (SFBRHS requires 4 for graduation)
    3 Science; one must be a lab
    2 Foreign Language (2 years of the same foreign language)
    1 Fine Art

    II. Other Missouri Public Universities
    Examples: University of Central Missouri, Southeast Missouri State, Missouri State, Northwest Missouri State, Truman State

    4 English
    3 Mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
    3 Social Studies (SFBRHS requires 4 for graduation)
    3 Science
    1 Fine Arts

    III. Highly Competitive Colleges
    Examples: Ivy League Schools, Washington University, University of Notre Dame
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    4 English
    4 Mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
    4 Social Studies
    4 Science
    4 Foreign Language

    IV. Competitive Colleges
    Examples: Saint Louis University, Loyola University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Creighton University
    4 English
    3 or 4 Mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
    3 Social Studies (SFBRHS requires 4 for graduation)
    3 Science
    2-3 Foreign Language

    V. Less Competitive Colleges
    Examples: Columbia College, Maryville University, Webster University, Fontbonne University, Westminster College, Rockhurst University
    4 English
    3 Mathematics (Algebra I and higher)
    3 Social Studies (SFBRHS requires 4 for graduation)
    3 Science
    3 additional core (2 Foreign Language recommended)

    VI. Community Colleges
    Examples: East Central College, St. Louis Community College

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College Super Match

Finding a college or university that you are compatible with and a campus you feel comfortable on are very important. Try to match your abilities and needs with the college’s or university’s requirements and expectations. Consider all of the following when seeking a college “match.” Also try College Match on Naviance.

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    1. Academic demands: Select a school that challenges you academically to reach your full potential.
    2. Type of institution: Institutions may be co-ed or women only, a college (2 or 4 year) or a university, and public or private or have a religious affiliation.
    3. Majors offered: If you have chosen an intended major, ensure the institutions you are considering offer it.
    4. Instructors: Some large institutions have graduate students teaching courses; be sure to ask if the professors teach the classes.
    5. Geographic location: Do you prefer an urban, rural, or small town campus? Keep in mind the cost of travel and distance from family members.
    6. Social standards: Is the school conservative or liberal? Consider the rules, how much cultural diversity the school offers, and what organizations are available.
    7. Size of enrollment: Do you want to blend in or know everyone? How large are the classes? What is the student/teacher ratio? What is their retention rate?
    8. Campus facilities: What do you prefer for dorm rooms, dining areas, classrooms, libraries, computer facilities, labs, studios, and campus security?
    9. Extracurricular activities: Consider interscholastic versus intramural sports, Greek life, and student organizations.
    10. Assistance: Consider the advisory, counseling, medical and dental facilities, and career counseling and placement.
    11. Special programs: Research the institution’s honor colleges, study abroad opportunities, co-op, and early admission to medical/law programs.
    12. Cost: Meet with the financial aid office to discuss the costs of tuition, room and board, supplies, transportation, books, and personal expenses.

Post Secondary Planning

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