A very strong curriculum during high school will enhance your success in college, because college courses build on the skills and knowledge you acquire in high school. Your senior year is especially important. We expect students to continue with academic coursework, including math and science, for all four years of high school. In addition, we expect that students maintain their strong academic performance through graduation. Please note that admission is competitive, so successful applicants typically exceed these requirements listed below.
|English - 4 years||Emphasis on writing, including instruction in reading and speaking skills and in literary understanding and appreciation.|
|Mathematics - 4 years||Elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra (integrated math 1, 2 & 3). Examples of 4th year math include calculus (preferred), pre-calculus, analysis, integrated math 4.|
|Science - 3 years||Including one year each of biological and physical science, and including a laboratory experience.
Note: Biological science, chemistry, and physics are required for the College of Biological Sciences and College of Science and Engineering; biological science and chemistry are required for the Carlson School of Management.
|Social studies - 3 years||Including one year each of U.S. history and geography (or a course that includes a geography component such as world history, western civilization, or global studies)|
|Single second language - 2 years||If English is not your native language, a second language is not required.|
|Visual and/or performing arts - 1 year||Including instruction in the history and interpretation of the art form (e.g. theater arts, music, band, chorus, orchestra, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, media production, theater production)|
Schedule changes: The University expects that students will successfully complete the senior year coursework they list on their admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during the senior year and/or the unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission or a change to the college of admission. Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with their U of M admissions counselor (1-800-752-1000 or 612-625-2008).