The Classes You Need to Take

Planning Ahead

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If you are interested in attending college — any college — you need to know that admissions committees closely consider high school records when choosing who will be accepted in a given year. The courses you take, your grades and class rank are all important factors in predicting academic success. Lutheran colleges and universities, like most selective private colleges, do not require a specific pattern of high school courses for admission. However, students who have a high school record that generally follows this pattern are better prepared for college:

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of a foreign language
  • 3 years of math (through advanced algebra or calculus)
  • 3 years of social studies
  • 1 year of arts and music

It makes sense to do some curriculum planning during high school to ensure you are well-prepared.

You Will Find a Good Match!

The 38 Lutheran colleges and universities vary in size, selectivity and the kinds of students they serve. If you successfully complete the above pattern of courses, it is likely that you can find a Lutheran college or university that is a good match academically.

Lutheran colleges and universities also recognize the curriculum limitations of some high schools, where courses in a second language may not be available or where scheduling problems force choices between college preparatory courses. Students not following all the above curriculum who are otherwise well-prepared will still be considered for admission.

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