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Maine Higher
Education Council
45 E. Promenade #10H
Portland, ME, 04101
Louise Berlin, Executive Director
207-329-4274 | Contact Us


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While individual Maine colleges and universities vary in their requirements for admission and placement,
MHEC members recommend the following high school preparation in the core academic areas:

Four years of English courses that incorporate a variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction,
essays, memoirs, journalism) and that emphasize expository and analytic writing skills.

Four years of math courses that include at least Algebra 1 and 2, and Geometry, taken
as separate courses or as an integrated sequence of courses, and a 12th-grade
college-preparator math course that provides a solid foundation in quantitative
and algebraic reasoning. For those students planning to major in mathematics,
science, or a technical or professional field that requires advanced math skills,
a pre-calculus or calculus course is strongly recommended.

At least three years of laboratory science–offered either as separate courses or as
integrated core classes–that include the study of biology, chemistry, and physics.
Science courses should emphasize the writing of technical reports and the
quantitative representations and analyses of data.

At least three years of history and social science in courses that emphasize the
reading of primary and secondary texts, the writing of analytic and expository
essays, and the use of quantitative data and research findings.

At least two years of study in a language other than English.

In addition, most colleges expect students to have taken some classes in the visual or
performing arts and all colleges expect that they will know how to use a computer.

Students should take every opportunity to learn about these subjects. Students and
parents should consult their high school guidance counselor and college admissions
offices for a more complete list.