College Readiness

  • The Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education has approved the following minimum recommended 24-unit core curriculum requirement for admission to public two-year colleges and public four-year colleges and universities.  Specific high school course requirements vary from institution to institution.  Be sure to check with the schools you're interested in to see what they recommend or require. 
     

    CBHE-Recommended High School Core Curriculum

    English/Language Arts - 4 units
    Social Studies - 3 units
    Mathematics - 3 units
    Science - 3 units
    Fine Arts - 1 unit
    Additional Coursework - 3 units *
    Electives - 7 units **

    * Missouri public high school students are required by the State Board of Education to complete units in practical arts (1), physical education (1), health education (1/2), and personal finance (1/2)

    ** All students should complete at least 3 elective units total in foreign language and/or other courses within high school core content areas defined below. Two units of a single foreign language are strongly recommended.

    Senior-Year College Timeline

    August
    Review your career plans.
     
    Determine the type of college you  are looking for.
     
    Collect information about colleges:
     
    • College Fairs
    • Guidance and Counseling Office
    • Internet college searches
    • Request admissions information and school catalogs
    • Review college Web sites
    • Attending college rep visits at your school
    September
    Attend College Fairs
     
    Register for College Exams:  ACT and SAT and take the SAT Subject Tests (if required by your college).
     
    Make arrangements and visit college campuses.
     
    Ask employers, teaches, and guidance counselors for letters of recommendation to include with your application.
    October
    Take the ACT and/or SAT
     
    Attend College Fairs
     
    Applying to Colleges:
     
    • Narrow college choices to 5 or 6 schools and complete applications.
    • Meet with guidance counselors or MCAC Advisors to mail transcripts and answer questions.
    • Note admission deadlines, pay close attention to Early Action/Decision requirements and deadlines, and financial assistance deadlines.
    • Meet with college representatives when they visit your school.
     
    Work on admissions essays.
     
    Finalize portfolios, auditions, writing samples, or other evidence of talent if required.
     
    Begin scholarship search.
    November
    Attend college fairs and financial assistance nights.
     
    Follow up to ensure letters of recommendations and transcripts have been sent. 
     
    Contact the college financial aid offices to determine which forms are required.
     
    Take or retake College Entrance Exams (ACT or SAT)
     
    Take SAT Subject Tests if required by your college.
    December
    Finalize your admissions application.  Make sure all applications/transcripts are sent to colleges before the holidays.  Keep a copy of all forms you submit.
     
    Collect Information for Financial Aid Applications.
     
    Register for PIN at www.fafsa.ed.gov
     
    Research and apply for other financial assistance such as local or private scholarships.
    January
    Ask your parents to file their tax forms as early as possible.
     
    Submit Mid-Year Reports for Private Colleges (if required).
    February
    Attend Missouri FAFSA Frenzy or  Tax Preparation/FAFSA Nights at your school site.
     
    Submit your FAFSA to the processor as soon as possible.  Complete the form on-line at fafsa.ed.gov.
     
    Submit college's own financial aid forms.
     
    Finalize scholarship applications.
     
    Research taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. 
     
    Rank your preferred colleges.
    March
    Narrow your college choices and make campus visits.
     
    Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR) after you file your FAFSA.  Carefully check your SAR and make any corrections online.
    April
    Watch the mail for school acceptance and financial aid letters.  Review, sign, and return appropriate correspondence. 
     
    Final decisions should be made and all colleges notified of decisions.  Make any deposits required.
    May
    Complete applicable AP exams. 
     
    Tie up loose ends:
     
    • Financial aid/scholarships
    • Housing
    • Entrance requirements