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Presented. 3-3-11 3-7-13. What do colleges look for?. From about.com http://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/a/ForeignLanguage.htm. Foreign Language Requirements. In general, competitive colleges require at least 2 or 3 years of foreign languages in high school.

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what do colleges look for

What do colleges look for?

From about.comhttp://collegeapps.about.com/od/theartofgettingaccepted/a/ForeignLanguage.htm

foreign language requirements
Foreign Language Requirements
  • In general, competitive colleges require at least 2 or 3 years of foreign languages in high school.
  • These classes should be in the same language.
foreign language requirements1
Foreign Language Requirements
  • When a college indicates “two or more” years of a foreign language, they are clearly signaling that study beyond two years would strengthen your application.
  • Life in college and after college is becoming increasingly globalized, so strength in a foreign language carries a lot of weight with admissions counselors.
what colleges look for
What colleges look for:
  • Rigor of secondary school record: Did you take challenging and accelerated classes, or did you pad your schedule with gym and easy “A”s?
  • Class rank: How do you compare to your classmates?
  • Academic GPA: Are your grades high enough to indicate that you will be successful in college?
  • Standardized test scores: How did you perform on the SAT or ACT? Do your general or subject tests reveal particular strengths or weaknesses?
  • Application essay:Is your essay well-written? Does it present you as a person who will make a good campus citizen?
  • Recommendation: What do your teachers, coaches, and other mentors say about you?
from pitt s website
From Pitt’s website
  • Academic Pluses
  • Factors that favorably reflect on a student's overall academic profile include:
  • Honors, AP, International Baccalaureate (IB), and College in High School classes. It's good to take a number of such classes, but don't take so many you can't do reasonably well in them.
  • Advanced level classes. The Committee is looking for a well-rounded curriculum from all applicants. Whenever possible, go beyond the bare minimum requirements. Four years of French and/or math, for example, looks better on a transcript than three.
once in college
Once in college:
  • Once in college, many universities require you to take a certain amount of foreign language credits and/or demonstrate proficiency in order to graduate.
  • “All students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Carroll School of Management must, before graduating from Boston College, demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language or in a classical language at the intermediate level”.
  • “Yale College has created a requirement designed to ensure that all students improve their proficiency in at least one foreign language. Exactly how many courses you have to take to fulfill the requirement will depend on your language experience prior to entering Yale, but for every student, some language study is necessary.”
once in college1
Once in college:
  • From Columbia University
  • Satisfactory completion of the second term of an intermediate language sequence.
  • Demonstration of an equivalent competence through the appropriate score on the SAT II Subject Test or Advanced Placement Tests.
  • Demonstration of an equivalent competence through the College’s own placement tests (consult the department through which the language is offered).
admission requirements
Admission Requirements
  • The following requirements were taken from the College Board website (The people that bring you the SATs
  • http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/
dickinson college carlisle pa
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Required units: 16 total

Electives2

English4

Foreign Language2

Math3

Science3 

Science Lab2

Social Studies2

Recommended units: Foreign Language3

lehigh university bethlehem pa
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

High School Preparation

Required units: 16 total

Electives3

English4

Foreign Language2

Math3 

Science Lab2

Social Studies2

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