College Admission Requirements

Four-Year College Requirements

Many colleges and universities have course requirements beyond the minimums for
high school graduation. While college entrance requirements vary from one college to
another, a student preparing to enroll in a four-year institution after high school
should complete the following:

  • English - 4 years
  • Math - 3 years, preferably 4(through at least Algebra 2)
  • Science - minimum of 2 years (some schools require 3 years ; including at least 1 year of lab science. Chemistry is often specified.)
  • Foreign Language - at least 2 years of same language
  • Social Studies - 3 years
  • Fine, Visual or Performing Arts or additional academic electives - 1 year

It is highly recommended that students take challenging courses such as honors and
International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, additional electives from two or more of the
above core areas, (and that they complete a course in computers or keyboarding).
Students interested in a career involving math and/or science should plan to
complete four years of college preparatory math and science. Counselors can be of
assistance in planning a four-year program to meet the needs of individual students
and their college choices.

Tech Prep Program

Tech Prep is a program which links CHS courses in the Business, Family & Consumer
Science, Technology, Science Departments and New Market Vocational Skills Center
with programs at South Puget Sound Community College. It is designed to teach
students the skills required in a modern workplace. Students who do well may
receive college credit and advanced standing toward their associate degree at no cost
while still in high school. For more information contact teachers in the appropriate

Running Start

Running Start is a program that allows eligible juniors and seniors to enroll in college
level classes at South Puget Sound Community College to receive both high school
and college credit. In order to qualify for the program students must comply with all
college requirements including placement testing and maintenance of acceptable
academic standing.