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Apply Now! If your educational plan is to attend East Stroudsburg University or any other college, you must make sure that your high school courses prepare you for higher education. The courses you take during your four years of high school are very important, not only for admission to ESU, but also for how well you are prepared to handle your college level courses once you are admitted.

This guide was prepared to assist you in planning your high school courses to maximize your exposure to the subjects and courses that we expect prospective students to take during their high school years. During your class-scheduling meetings with your high school guidance counselor, feel free to use this planning guide to discuss what academic/college-preparatory courses you should be taking.

Course Selection

Your academic record in a challenging college preparatory program is one of the most important factors when being considered by a university or college. While the number of recommended or required academic courses vary, East Stroudsburg University, along with many other prestigious universities and colleges, places emphasis on college-prep courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign languages. We also look for honors and AP courses you may have taken. This demonstrates your commitment to taking on academic challenges and makes you a stronger candidate for admission.

ENGLISH (Minimum of 4 years) East Stroudsburg University, as well as most other colleges and universities, requires prospective students to pass four years of high school English. An incoming college freshman must have a thorough understanding of written and spoken English. General courses can include:

  • Vocabulary
  • Composition
  • Grammar
  • Literature

MATHEMATICS (Minimum of 3 years) Most colleges and universities require only three years of college preparatory mathematics. East Stroudsburg University and an increasing number of other competitive universities also suggest that prospective students take a senior year college-prep math course. This is extremely important if you plan on following a degree program that places emphasis on mathematics, such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, etc. However, even students planning to major in non-math related programs should take a senior year college prep mathematics course to be more competitive in the applicant pool and to face the demands of academic coursework in college. East Stroudsburg University course preferences are:

  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Senior year college-prep math course (e.g., pre-calculus, calculus, trigonometry, statistics)

SCIENCE (Minimum of 3 years) This is one of those subjects that vary depending on the student's selected course of study in college. Although most colleges and universities require or recommend a minimum of three years of science, including laboratory science courses, it is very important for incoming freshmen who are considering careers in science or technology to take a minimum of four years of high school science. For example, if you are planning to major in nursing or pharmacy you should definitely take an advanced course in biology, chemistry or physics. East Stroudsburg University requires that you take 3 years of science, two of which should be lab science courses.

  • General, physical or earth science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

SOCIAL STUDIES (Minimum of 3 years) Prospective college students should have exposure to at least three high school social studies courses. Classes should include civics and/or American goverment, US and world history. A junior or senior year elective in psychology, sociology or other social studies area provides an added advantage.