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Preparing for college under the new Common Core curriculum

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For thousands of students, preparing for college can be overwhelming. And with the recent switch to Common Core courses, some junior and seniors may find that their current math courses are a combination of the old and new curriculum, which may affect meeting certain college requirements.

To help students and parents successfully make that transition from high school to college, North Carolina State Assistant Dean for Professional Education Michael Maher provides some smart pointers.

"I think it's really important that parents learn to advocate for their children and that their children learn to advocate for themselves," says Maher.

Although high school counselors are a great resource for students, Maher says you can't rely on them 100 percent of the time.

"You'll have counselors that have huge loads of students that they're really trying to work with," says Maher.

Maher suggests students and their parents work together. He encourages them to look at school websites to find out requirements for admission, including course requirements and if a second language is required. For students applying to any of the UNC system schools, a second language is required.

For some, this can be confusing due to the switch to Common Core courses. But Maher tells juniors and seniors not to worry, that colleges will recognize these classes.

"From the UNC systems perspective, there's very little difference between what we call these courses," says Maher.

Maher says students shouldn't worry about being behind.

"As opposed to being stand-alone courses, we're moving more towards an integrated mathematics, so within your Common Core one or two or three, you're going to continue to get those same themes from Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.

A final tip Maher offers parents and students is to be realistic when it comes to applying to college. Not everyone can be the star quarterback with a full-ride scholarship, so look at schools that meet your child's needs and fits your budget.

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