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.
Other resources you might find useful:
- Mapping Your Future
- Prepare for My Future
- Illinois Career Resource Network
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Occupational Outlook Quarterly Online
- Employment Projections
- Study Skills & Learning Styles assessments for online learners
- Is online learning a good option for you?
- Glossary of US Educational Terminology
- IPEDS Glossary