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Academic Preparation

Different universities have different admission standards, which you can start working to meet well before the time you actually apply to college. Your academic preparation during high school can also help you qualify for higher levels of scholarships, or even for special honors programs, like North Park’s Honors Congress.

Your Classes Count

Near the top of most college admission requirements is your high school grade point average (GPA). Remember that every course you take at your school counts toward this number, so doing well in all your subjects each year is to your benefit later. Classes that involve writing, reading, and thinking logically will be especially beneficial, as these skills will be crucial in nearly every class you take at a university level.

Testing

Most schools also look at your scores from standardized tests, like the ACT or SAT. You can prepare for these by taking preparatory courses, using study books, and by taking the PSAT and/or PLAN Assessment during your sophomore year of high school. Talk to your school guidance counselor for more information on options your high school might offer.

North Park accepts both ACT and SAT scores, and we use the best test score you submit as part of our admission decision for you. Be sure to include North Park’s testing code on your exam so we get your score report.

  • ACT North Park Code: 1098
  • SAT North Park Code: 1556
  • TOEFL North Park Code (international students): 1556

Earn College Credit in High School

Your high school, or a local community college, may also offer you options for earning college credit while you are still in high school. This could be done in a number of ways, whether you take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams, attend an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, or take summer college classes. You may also be able to earn credit or waive course requirements for advanced learning by taking a CLEP test or subject placement test when you arrive at North Park. Explore how these different programs work and what credits may apply at North Park University.

Meet Your Guidance Counselor

Most important, your high school guidance or advising office (or a similar office at a community organization) is a great resource for you as you think about what you need to do academically to prepare for college. Guidance counselors or advisors can talk with you about your specific goals and aspirations, and help you find experiences and tools to help you reach them. If you haven’t already, make an appointment to meet with someone at your high school or a community organization to get started.

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