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 four 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 students attend a community college before transferring to their institution. (The University of Missouri systems [Mizzou, UMSL, MO S&T, and UMKC] require four years of math at the level of Algebra I or above.)