Academic Preparation

Academic preparation is the foundation of your college application. Throughout your high school years, we recommend that you:

  • Take a course load that presents a reasonable and appropriate challenge, considering the academic opportunities available at your school.
  • Work diligently and achieve at a high level across the five core liberal arts and science areas: English, math, social studies, science, and world languages.
  • Enroll in approximately five academic courses each semester, including during your final year.
  • Consult early on with your secondary school counselor.

Please note: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required to enroll at CEPRES International University.

Recommended High School Curriculum

We do not have a set of required courses for admission to CEPRES International University. However, we have found that a curriculum like the one below provides the best preparation for the academic challenges at our university.

  • English: Four years, with significant emphasis on writing and literature.
  • Mathematics: Four years of rigorous mathematics, incorporating a solid grounding in fundamental skills (algebra, geometry, trigonometry). Additional mathematical preparation, including calculus and statistics, is also welcomed.
  • History/Social Studies: Three or more years, with courses that include essay writing.
  • Science: Three or more years of science (examples include biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, human anatomy, and environmental science).
  • World Language: Three or more years of the same world language.

We want to emphasize that these are curriculum recommendations, not strict guidelines. Our admission process allows—and indeed encourages—high schools to design the most appropriate curricular offerings and opportunities for their students.

We understand students may experience scheduling limitations or that certain courses may not be available at their school. Some students may choose to take certain classes over the summer or as dual enrollment courses, which is perfectly acceptable. The Additional Information section of the Common Application is available if students want to provide further context on their course schedule.


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