20 Music Music education Music performance Nursing Occupational therapy Pharmacy Philosophy Physical education Physical therapy Physics Political science Prelaw Premed Psychology Public relations Religion Secondary education Social work Sociology Spanish Special education Speech pathology Urban studies Wildlife management Zoology Students need to be academically prepared Most colleges recommend that students take the follow- ingcollegeprepcoursesinhighschool:4yearsofEnglish, 3– 4years of math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II), 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, 2 – 3 years of the same foreign language, and 1 year of fine or performing arts. Students who haven’t taken all of these courses may be required to take additional courses once they are in college. Studentswhohaven’ttakenseveraloftherecommendedcollegeprepcourses may want to consider starting at a community college or at a four-year col- lege’s branch campus. The requirements for admission are less competitive, the classes are smaller, and there’s less academic pressure. Colleges have specific requirements for admission Collegeentrancerequirementsvarygreatly. Colleges with an open admissions policy accept any high school graduate who applies. Highly selective col- leges, on the other hand, look for students who have high ACT/SAT scores and high grade point averages. In order to be accepted at any college, students must take the right tests and complete the required forms. CollegeboundstudentsshouldtakethePSAT/NMSQTinOctoberoftheirjunior year and the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of their junior year. Information on these tests can be obtained in any high school guidance office or at www. collegeboard.org (PSAT/NMSQT and SAT) and www.act.org (ACT).