Shannon Brady, M.Ed
Founder of TheCollegeMIND • Director of Academic & College Counseling, Brady College Counseling

Academics – What do colleges want to see?

Though many universities boast in looking at the holistic aspects of the overall student, academic rigor is a huge component in college admissions. The first thing an admissions officer will do is review your high school curriculum, what’s offered, and what you took advantage of throughout your high school career. 

You want to strive for FIVE academic classes all FOUR years: English, Math, Science, History, and Foreign Language.

As the spring approaches, now is a great time to meet with your counselor to discuss your options!

How Can You Build Rigor? 3 key items to look at are:

  • Take honors/AP classes in subject areas you are able to challenge yourself in, even if that means getting a lower grade. Colleges would prefer to see you take it to the next level.
  • Look at outside academic opportunities at your local community college, virtual high schools, or summer experiences on a college campus.
  • HOMEWORK: Be sure to review your high school’s curriculum and create a 4-year plan. Start with some goals on what classes you would like to land with as a senior. List out courses that you have a strong interest in as well.

In Module 1 of TheCollegeMind course, we help you understand your course selection and rigor, how to create your academic plan, and how to seek out outside academic opportunities. 

The CollegeMIND is a filled-to-the-brim guide that contains everything you need to nail your college admissions. Whether you’re a senior on the verge of panic or a sophomore trying to get ahead, this program will replace your stress with confidence and get you into a college that aligns with you and sets you up for a bright, successful future.

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