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What classes do you have to take in collage?

I’m in 6th grade and idk I just wanna know so I can be prepared

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Katherine’s Answer

Hi! The courses you'll need to take in college largely depend on your selected major or field of study. Typically, when you're on your major or pre-major track, there's a set of mandatory courses you'll need to complete. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to choose elective courses from a broad array of subjects. It's always a good idea to seek guidance from your academic advisor once you start college, and I highly recommend keeping an eye on your degree's major sheet to monitor your progress. If you're unsure about your major during your first two years, feel free to explore different fields until you find one that truly captivates your interest. And remember, it's completely normal to change your mind about your major - many students do so during their college journey. You can also consider choosing a minor that aligns with your personal interests. Wishing you the best of luck! ;)
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Erin’s Answer

Typically, you will take similar classes to what you take now in middle school first. These classes are called prerequisites, and they are meant to prepare you for the classes that you'll take within your major. These prerequisites usually include a course or two in English, Math, Biology/Chemistry, History, Psychology, and Speech/Communications. Every college will be slightly different, but most require a variation of the classes that I just mentioned. Once those are completed, you will take classes more closely aligned with your major, such as Finance 101 or Nursing 101 and so on. Each major program at a college will have a predetermined set of courses that you need to take in order to graduate with a degree in that major. If you know what colleges/programs you are interested in, many of the colleges have the course list for each major on their websites. In addition, if you choose to pursue a minor as well as a major, you'll take a few classes in that too.

I know it is a little far off, but I would highly recommend looking into whether your high school offers dual enrollment when you get to that point, as it would allow you to take college courses ahead of time for both high school and college credit. This is also beneficial because you typically don't have to pay for the course as long as you pass. This allows you to save time and money, which is especially important if you take out student loans to pay for the courses.

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I know it is a little far off, but I would highly recommend looking into whether your high school offers dual enrollment when you get to that point, as it would allow you to take college courses ahead of time for both high school and college credit. This is also beneficial because you typically don't have to pay for the course as long as you pass. This allows you to save time and money, which is especially important if you take out student loans to pay for the courses.
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L’s Answer

Hi! I love that you’re already thinking about this in 6th grade. I would say college can introduce so many new and exciting classes you never got to take before. While you will have all the more traditional classes that you might think of, college is a chance to really get into what you are passionate about and you can find so many different and unique classes to peak any interest you may have. It’s really exciting!
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Alan’s Answer

Alex, it depends on the college. But generally, you would be expected to take an introductory class in English focusing on writing. You'll need that for most of the other classes you'll be taking. You'll probably have a choice of math and/or science classes, but have to take a couple. There will also probably be choices among history and other social science subjects, and a class in communications. There will also likely be a language requirement.

But the better answer to your question is that to best prepare for college, and you have a lot of time, is to develop your writing skills, your reading skills, your organization skills, and your time management skills. If you're already thinking about it, I'm sure you'll be well prepared when the time comes.
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Alex’s Answer

These required classes in college almost always depend on what you decide to study in college (what you major in).

For example, medical students will HAVE to take organic chemistry (science), biology, and mathematics. As an engineer, I had to take classes like linear algebra (mathematics), physics, and statistics, but I did NOT have to take organic chemistry or biology. For someone studying philosophy, they will have to take some classes in history, english, and religion most likely. You can start to see that the classes you are "required" to take depend on what you decide to study, which is pretty great because you don't have to study what you don't like as much.

If I were go back in time to my 6th grade self and wanted to get prepared for college, I would focus most on developing my passions and trying to pave my own unique way to college. College counselors see thousands of applications of students with very similar high school experiences all competing to get into the same school. Think about what makes you most excited and focus on developing your skills and having an impact in that particular area.

If you LOVE animals and think you want to be a veterinarian, maybe volunteer at an animal hospital or help out at an animal shelter. Maybe create your own club at school focused on helping animals in your community. Maybe work with a friend to think about how you could create a blog or a website for the community to help place dogs and cats who need a home. Maybe shadow a veterinarian over the summer and learn more about what it means to do that job.

At your age, the best thing you can do is to figure out what makes you excited and to continue to develop that passion.

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