Four-year College or University Information
Relatively consistently, about a third of LHS graduates go directly to a four year college or university after high school. For our students who have the goal of graduating from a four-year college or university, the steps toward that goal really start in the 9th grade. During the 9th grade year and each subsequent year, counselors meet with students individually to discuss future educational and career goals and how those relate to the types of classes each student takes. At a minimum, it is recommended that four-year college bound students complete the following course work:
English: 4 credits
Mathematics: 3-4 credits (the state of Michigan requires 4 math credits for high school graduation).
Science: 3-4 credits (the state of Michigan requires 3, but 4 is often preferred by colleges)
Social Studies: 3.5 credits
Foreign Language: 2-3 credits
These are simply the minimum recommendations for admission to a four-year institution. Depending on the selectivity of the school, a student may need to take more core classes or more advanced and AP classes in order to remain competitive in a given pool of applicants. Keep in mind, though, that each college or university will have their own expectations of their applicants and that the best way to become familiar with those is to consult with that school directly either through the admissions office or their website. For example, an art school is going to have slightly different academic requirements and will most likely require some sort of portfolio for admissions consideration. We have compiled a College Admissions Fact Sheet with some basic GPA and ACT standards for many area colleges and universities that can be helpful when trying to determine chances of admission at any given school.
As Juniors, students should be finalizing a list of schools to which they will apply. During Economics classes at LHS, we complete a college search on Xello with all students. This is an online program that allows students to search for schools based on location, academic programs, size, and other criteria. From there, students can do further research directly on university websites.
At the end of the junior year and into the summer, students should continue researching and visiting their schools of interest in order to be ready to complete applications when they return to school in the fall. Most colleges and universities admit students on a rolling basis. All schools have limits on the number of freshmen admitted. For these reasons, early application submission gives the student the best chance for admission. Students should also be mindful of any scholarship deadlines individual schools have.
During the senior year, counselors will help students with their application process. Each fall, the counselors also lead visits for seniors to 4 colleges in the state. By this point, hopefully, many students will have already visited and applied to schools of interest have a good idea of where they will attend.