Educational Talent Search at SUU

What Does Your Transcript Say About You?
There are two main things that admission and scholarship committees look for when reviewing your transcript:
  1. Courses that show academic rigor
  2. GPA that demonstrates academic mastery

What is Rigor?

Rigor is instruction, schoolwork, learning experiences, and educational expectations that are academically, intellectually, and personally challenging.  We know that there are some classes that are harder than others but it's also dependent on the student.  For example, Math is hard for some students and not to others.  As you get ready to register for next years classes, may we offer two suggestions: 

  1. Aim high and act early
  2. Step outside your comfort zone

Consider Strengthening Your Transferable Skills

As you consider what classes to take next year, think about your transferable skills and how they help you become a successful student.

  • Take challenging courses because they help you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Establish effective time management and study habits.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively through writing and speaking.
  • Seek opportunities to work with a team.
  • Be proficient in current technology.
  • Pay attention to deadlines and keep them.

What would be considered  rigorous coursework?

  • 4 yrs English
  • 4 yrs Math (Math I, II, III and a higher level Math such as Pre-Calculus, Math 1030, 1040 or 1050).  If you want to register for a concurrent Math class - make sure your Math ACT score is high).
  • 3 yrs Social Science
  • 3 yrs Lab Based Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)
  • 2 yrs Foreign Language other than English

College Credit in High School

You can also consider taking either Concurrent Enrollment classes or Advanced Placement (AP) classes while in high school. 

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Earn college credit while enrolled in high school.
  • Very inexpensive way to get college credit.
  • ETS can help you out with some of your concurrent fees.
  • Grade is applied to both your high school and college transcript.   This means, be careful of your concurrent grade and remember it goes on your college transcript.

 AP Classes

  • Earn college credit while enrolled in high school.
  • In order to get college credit you must take the AP Exam in the spring and pass with a 3, 4 or 5.
  • Some institutions require at least a 4 or 5 for certain classes in order to count as college credit.  (Ex: engineering majors must pass pre-calculus with a  4 or 5).
  • Grade is only applied to your high school transcript unless you score 3-5 on the exam.  Your grade will then be applied to your college transcript.

Do you need to take a concurrent enrollment or AP class to meet the rigor requirements?

No, you do not but taking those classes will not only challenge you, they will give you college credit and admissions counselors like to see that.

What about playing sports in college?

You must be NCAA qualified if you want to play sports in college.  Go to their website for further information.  There is a list of the classes that you need to take plus additional information. 


Stop by your ETS advisors office.  They can look over your schedule and help you out.

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