College Admission Guidelines

  • COLLEGE ADMISSIONS GUIDELINES

     

    Extremely Selective

    (Stanford, Harvard, Northwestern, Notre Dame)

    • Honors/AP coursework required
    • 4 years of English
    • 4 years of Social Studies
    • 4 years of Math
    • 4 years of Science
    • 4-5 years of a Foreign Language
    • 1 year of Fine Arts
    • Leadership in co-curricular activities
    • Volunteer/community service
    • ACT composite of 30 or higher
    • Class rank in top 10%

    Very Selective

    (St. Olaf, UW-Madison, U of MN, UW-LaCrosse)

    • Honors/AP coursework recommended
    • 4 years of English
    • 4 years of Social Studies
    • 4 years of Math
    • 4 years of Science
    • 2-3 years of Foreign Language
    • 1 year of Fine Arts
    • ACT composite of 26 or higher
    • Class rank in top 20%

    Moderately Selective

    (State Universities, St. Thomas, Hamline, UW-Stout)

    • Some Honors/AP classes helpful
    • 4 years of English
    • 4 years of Social Studies
    • 3-4 years of Math
    • 3-4 years of Science
    • 1 year of Fine Arts
    • 2 years of Foreign Language
    • ACT composite of 21 or higher
    • Class rank in top 50%

    Open Enrollment

    (Community Colleges, Technical Colleges)

    • High School Diploma
    • No specific class rank or GPA required
    • Placement testing provided by the college
    • Students should take the most difficult classes that they can be successful to prepare them for college-level courses