Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Planning for College

Planning for college starts early. The courses that you take in high school may affect the costs of a college education and the time it takes to graduate.

These are the courses that you should take in high school in order to start at one college after high school graduation and later transfer to another in order to complete a degree.

  • 4 years of English (written and oral communications and literature)
  • 3 years of social studies (history and government)
  • 3 years of mathematics (introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or computer programming)
  • 3 years of science (laboratory sciences)
  • 2 years of electives in foreign language, music, vocational education, or art

If you don’t meet these minimum requirements, community college courses can prepare you for admission.

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