The Importance of a College Prep Curriculum

Most colleges have a set of basic curriculum requirements for applicants. Almost all colleges prefer a traditional and college preparatory curriculum. As a Lake View High School graduate, your high school courses are considered as College Preparatory courses.

Listed below are course requirements for the four different types of colleges. Because college expectations may change from year to year, use the academic prerequisites only as general minimum guidelines and obtain specific information directly for the college.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION

Units

Subjects

4

English (Literature and Writing)

3

Social Studies (U.S. & World History and Government)

3

Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra/Trig)

3

Science (All Laboratory Science)

2

Foreign Language (2 years of same language)

2

Music, Art or Vocational Education

2

Physical Education

Four Types of College Requirements

Public Universities

  • English - 4yrs
  • Mathematics - 3-4yrs
  • Science - 3yrs
  • Social Studies - 3yrs
  • *Academic Electives - 2yrs

Private 4 Year Colleges

  • English - 4yrs
  • Mathematics - 4yrs
  • Science - 3-4yrs
  • Social Studies - 3-4yrs
  • *Academic Electives - 2 yrs
  • Foreign Language - 2-4yrs
  • Social Science - 3-4yrs
  • *Academic Electives - 2yrs

Highly Selective Colleges

  • English - 4 yrs
  • Mathematics - 4 yrs
  • Foreign Language - 4yrs
  • Lab Science - 4yrs

Community Colleges

Varies from open-door admission policy to selective admission for particular courses as specified by different departments.

* Academic Electives can be Art, Foreign Languages, Music or Vocational Educational Courses.