College Entrance Requirements


Students who plan to attend two- or four-year colleges must fulfill specific academic requirements for entrance. Families should consult college catalogs and websites at their earliest convenience to ensure students are taking the appropriate classes to meet entrance requirements. The College Board website is a great resource and tool for students and families to help plan for college. Here is some general information:

Applying to College

Apply early!

Admission is offered to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Many colleges and universities use priority application dates. All materials must be postmarked by the priority application date to be considered for priority admission. Those students applying for priority admission will be admitted first. 

Provide your transcripts and test scores

Usually you will need to have the high school send your official transcripts and have your SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing have your SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency to the college or university’s Office of Admissions.

To apply to a university (4-year program) you must complete the following high school courses. All are prerequisites for admission: 

  • English—four years, including at least three of composition and  Literature
  • Mathematics—one year each of algebra 1, geometry, and advanced algebra; an additional (senior) year is recommended
  • Science—two years, including one year of lab science (biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • Foreign language—2 years of a single foreign language
    or American Sign Language
  • Social Science—three years, including at least one year of history
  • Arts—one year in fine, visual, or performing arts or an additional year of the courses listed above

  * These requirements are higher than what is required for high school graduation. As an example, foreign language is not required to graduate from high school or to attend a two-year college such as Spokane Community College.

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