Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 185 What Colleges LOOK FOR 1.Take college prep courses Four-year colleges generally recommend that students take the following college preparatory courses in high school: 4 years of English 3-4 years of math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) 3-4 years of science 2-3 years of the same foreign language 3 years of social studies 1 year of fine or performing arts Competitive schools and programs consider the above to be the minimum requirements. They also recommend that students take advanced courses whenever possible. Colleges use some, if not all, of the information listed below when determining whether or not to accept an applicant. Grade point average (GPA) Strength of courses ACT / SAT scores Class rank Recommendations Special talents / awards Activities Essays Interviews Demonstrated interest When colleges look at your high school record, what will they see? To have an impressive high school record, here are four things you need to do. 4