Most universities, including the University of Minnesota, have a holistic admission process where they review high school transcripts as well as cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and activities.
What are colleges and universities looking for?
- Rigorous course selection, especially in the key academic areas of math, science, language arts, social studies, and world language.
- Completion of college prep classes and of academic programs through advanced level courses, for example world language or social studies courses through College in the Schools.
- Consistency, improvement, and rigor of courses, especially in the senior year.
Students who completed 4 years of world language study scored more than 100 points higher on
each section of the SAT than those who didn’t. (source: Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2003)Increased Career Possibilities
Knowledge of one or more world languages and cultures is a marketable skill. Increasing numbers of jobs now require people who are capable of interacting in languages other than English and can adapt to a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
- Four out of five new jobs in the United States are created as a result of foreign trade.
- A total of 6,688 small, medium, and large companies exported from Minnesota locations in 2001. (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2004)
- Communication skills will play an important role in service industries within the United States. Service industries are predicted to be the fastest growing markets in the 21st century.
- Proficiency in a world language is important for many different employment and career opportunities: airline industry, advertising, anthropology, arts, corporate law, education, engineering, film, government, health care, hotel industry, import/export, international banking, international organizations, interpreting, journalism, law, law enforcement, marketing, medicine, publishing, radio/TV, religious occupations, research, science, social work, teaching, telecommunications, technology, travel and tourism, vocational and technological fields. (source: Minnesota New Visions: www.mctlc.org/newvisions)
The goal of all courses in the World Language Department is to achieve a functional level of proficiency in the target language as well as increasing skills in interacting with people from different cultures. Each course level consists of two segments, part A and part B, which are offered in consecutive terms. Students should register for both part A and part B of each course. Unless otherwise specified, it is recommended that students pass both parts of the previous level with a C- or better in order to continue to the next level.