Some common requirements for college admission include a completed amount of certain academic courses in high school, a minimum grade point average and a minimum score on the SAT and ACT exams. Other important requirements are essays, letters of recommendation and a completed application.
Most colleges require a minimum academic course load that includes four years of English, three to four years of math, two years of science, three years of history and two years of a foreign language. Some colleges ask for a year of visual or performing arts, while others require advanced placement coursework. Depending on the college, an incoming student must have a minimum grade point average, or GPA, and must sustain that average even after admission is secured. While score requirements vary, most colleges require that each applicant take the SAT and ACT exams.
Most college applications have a section of essay questions from which the applicant must choose. Essays are thoroughly edited, and students should utilize teacher feedback during the writing process to ensure the essay is strong. Some applications require letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors who know the student. The best choices are teachers or mentors who work closely with the student and understand his personality, work ethic and interests. Every college requires the completion of an application by a specific date to be considered for the fall semester following graduation.