Applying for College
Everything you need to know about finding a college, submitting your application and applying for financial aid.
A: Most colleges require that applicants have taken four years of English, three years of history/social science, three years of math, three years of science, two years of a foreign language, and one year of fine arts. The difficulty of courses that you take is also important. Admissions offices are looking for students who have taken challenging courses, not those who have skated by on the easiest courses available to them.
Q: Do colleges really care about your senior year grades?
A: Absolutely! Many colleges will not make a decision until they receive first semester senior grades. They expect to see a performance that indicates you are ready for college-level work. It is not at all rare for a college to withdraw an offer of admission when grades drop significantly over the course of the senior year.
Q: How much time should I give my teachers to write letters of recommendation for me?
A: Teachers should always receive a minimum of two weeks notice, prior to the postmark date. Be sure to ask in a way that allows a teacher to decline comfortably if he/she does not have time to do an adequate job. Give the teacher a stamped envelope addressed to the college, along with any recommendation form provided by the college.
Q: How many times should I take the SAT® tests?
A: Some students are satisfied with their SAT scores the first time they take it. Many students take it twice - in the spring of the junior year and the fall of the senior year.