Preparing for College

Math Requirements for College Admission

Question: Many colleges require three years of math for admission. I took algebra before freshman year, geometry freshman year, and algebra II sophomore year. Do I have to take one more year of math (pre-cal) to be admitted to colleges?

Unless you are applying to a college (or program within a college of university) with a math or science focus, you'll find that there are rarely rigid requirements, only “recommendations,” and your algebra, even if taken before 9th grade, should “count” toward these. Just make sure that it appears on your high school transcript. It should, even if you took it at a different school, not the high school you currently attend. If not, ask your guidance counselor to add it.

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