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.)

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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