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What colleges look for 4 years of science in high school?

Hey everyone! I'm in the process of narrowing down my college list and I'm realizing that I'm not sure if the schools I'm interested in require 4 years of high school science. Does anyone here know how common it is for colleges to look for four years of science and have any tips for how to find this info?

7 months ago

Hey there! Many colleges appreciate students who have taken four years of science in high school, as it demonstrates a strong academic foundation especially if you're aiming for a STEM major. However, not all colleges require it. To find out specific requirements, you should check each college's admissions website or the common data set if available. Look for the section on high school course requirements or recommendations. If it's not clear, don't hesitate to reach out directly to the admissions offices – they are usually very helpful in clarifying these kinds of questions. Keep in mind some schools might require specific sciences like biology, chemistry, or physics, so make sure to get the details down.

As a general rule of thumb though, I would say most top colleges expect applicants to complete four years of science. Especially if you are aiming for Ivies or schools of that caliber, take the fourth year of science to stay competitive with the rest of the applicant pool. Good luck with your college list!

7 months ago

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