I wish I had known... 

Preparing to apply to Westminster CollegeWe spoke with actual students who had just completed their freshmen year about what they wish they had known before coming to college. Below is what they had to say. (We also threw in some quotes from our faculty - we find they usually know what they are talking about!)

"I wish I had learned what time management was really all about."
In college, you don't have someone making you go to class or reminding you to study. It's all about you taking the initiative. ~ Maggie O'Donnell, student

"Take as much mathematics as possible."
All colleges and universities have general degree requirements in mathematics. In addition, there are many, many other classes that will use mathematics. Another idea to consider is that mathematics teaches you good thinking and problem-solving skills that will help you in a variety of college courses. To avoid the necessity of taking remedial courses at the college level to prepare you for the required mathematics courses, you should take four years of math in high school if at all possible. ~ Dr. Sharon Salem, Associate Professor of Accounting

"Get involved."
In college there are so many different things to try. Explore your options, find new things that you enjoy doing. You'll meet people this way and learn who you are and what your strengths are. ~ Brad Grogan, student

"Take a foreign language in high school."
Many colleges and universities require high school foreign language as part of the admission requirements. Foreign language requirements are also a common degree requirement at the college level. As the world shrinks, the need to understand different cultures becomes even more critical to your future success. ~ Dr. Judy Schaneman, Associate Professor of French

"Learn how to study."
College is like a full-time job. For every hour you are in class, you should plan on spending at least two hours outside of class studying. Reviewing materials the night before the test just isn't feasible in college.~ Elisa Donnelly, student

"Work on your communication skills - both written and oral." Communication skills are critically important. As a college student, you will be required to write in almost every class you take and speaking skills will be just as important. Many classes will involve discussion, group work and/or classroom presentations. And, more importantly, employers will be looking for individuals who can present themselves and their company well both in writing and orally. ~ Dr. David Collins, Professor of English


4 years of English 2 years of Foreign Language
3 years of Math At least 2 years of additional Academic Subjects
3 years of Social Sciences/History

Electives should contain Academic Subjects

3 years of Lab Sciences