Colleges look for a student who has pursued a rigorous, college-preparatory program. The admissions requirements vary from college to college, particularly based on their entrance difficulty. The college entrance levels are generally divided into four tiers: most difficult, very difficult, moderately difficult, and minimally difficult.
The most difficult entrance level, including Amherst College, Brown University, Colgate College, Cornell University, Harvard College, MIT, New York University and Tufts University, will require 4 years of English, may require 4 years of math, 3 or 4 years of a laboratory science, 3 or 4 years of history, 3 or 4 years of a world language, in addition to being in the top 10% percent of their graduating class and high SAT/ACT scores.
Very difficult entrance levels, including Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, College of the Holy Cross, Northeastern University, Stonehill College and Wheaton College, will require 4 years of English, may require 4 years of math, 3 or 4 years of a laboratory science, 3 or 4 years of history, and 3 or 4 years of a world language.
Moderately difficult entrance levels, including Assumption College, The Catholic University of America, Champlain College, Clark University, Endicott College, Hofstra University, Johnson & Wales University, and Xavier University, will require 4 years of English, 2 or 3 years of a laboratory science, 3 or 4 years of math, 3 years of history and 2 to 3 years of a world language.
Minimally difficult entrance levels may not require a world language at all. In addition to major subjects, all colleges look for students with a well-rounded course of studies in high school, including courses in the areas of Art, Music, Science and Technology are highly recommended. Knowledge of computers/word processing will prove necessary to college students. With a program such as that outlined above you would be ready for any college.
In summary, determine your needs, discuss your choices with your parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and friends, make sure of requirements and proper sequence of courses, and then explore your interests through a choice of electives. If you are already interested in any particular colleges or universities, look at their entrance difficulty level and admissions requirements. Good sources for this information include College Board as well as The Princeton Review, Peterson's, Peterson's on Twitter, and Peterson's on Facebook. Individual guides to college admissions such as Peterson’s Guide for Four-Year Colleges and The College Board’s College Handbook are good resources to use in determining your best choice for your courses in Stoughton High School.
Students should be familiar with the Massachusetts State Colleges and UMass Minimum Admissions Requirements, which can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website. Please note that while meeting these minimum admissions requirements, meeting them does not guarantee admission, as campus admissions officials consider a wide range of factors in their admissions decisions.
Students that plan to participate in our Athletic Program should check with the NCAA website for additional information.