College Prep

It's never too early to start planning for college! This page is designed as a basic guide to help high school students plan their road to college.

Recommended College Preparatory Classes

If planning to attend university in the United States:  

Example Planning Calendar

The following is the recommended schedule for CAJ students who are planning to attend U.S. universities.

Freshmen- Grade 9

- Bible: 4 credits (optional)

- English: 8 credits

- Fine Arts: 1 credit

- World Language: 4 credits

- Mathematics: 4 credits (more if going into STEM)

- PE/Health: 5 credits

- Science: 4 credits (more if going into STEM)

- Social Studies: 6 credits

- Electives: 12 credits

- Awards and certificates presented to you.

- A list of awards and honors you receive.

- A list of all community organizations you join.

- A list and brief description of paid and volunteer work.

Sophomores - Grade 10

Juniors - Grade 11

Summer - October

September - November

- Most colleges accept either the SAT or the ACT.

- Look at both ACT and SAT prep material to determine which format you prefer.


March - April

- You may take up to 3 subject tests on one test date.

May - June

Summer between junior and senior years

Seniors - Grade 12



- Application form (paper or online)

- Essays

- Recommendations

- Transcript

- Interview


- Determine how much your parents can contribute.

- Become familiar with the financial aid options available from the colleges you are applying to.

- Begin researching for scholarships online.

- Know financial aid deadlines for the individual colleges you are applying to.


January - February

March - April

- Housing application

- Medical forms

- International students: Apply for your student visa

- Pay your deposit

May - June

Japanese Universities with English programs

Have you ever wondered how students who do their high school studies in English can attend a Japanese university? There are now 27 universities in Japan with English tracks:

1 Akita International University 秋田国際教養大学

2 Doshisha University 同志社大学

3 Hokkaido University 北海道大学

4 Housei University 法政大学

5 International Christian University 国際基督教大学

6 International University of Health and Welfare 国際医療福祉大学

7. Keio University 慶應義塾大学

8. Kyushu University 九州大学

9. Nagoya University 名古屋大学

10 Meiji Gakuin University 明治学院大学

11 Meiji University 明治大学

12. Osaka University 大阪大学

13. Rikkyo Universitty 立教大学

14. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) 立命館アジアパシフィック大学

15 Ritsumeikan University 立命館大学

16 Sophia Univeristy 上智大学

17 Tama University 多摩大学 (Japanese & English program)

18 The University of Tokyo 東京大学

19 Tohoku University 東北大学

20 Tokyo Christian University 東京基督教大学

21 Tokyo College of Music 東京音楽大学

22 Tokyo International University 東京国際大学

23 Tokyo Metropolitan University 首都大学東京

24 University of Tsukuba 筑波大学

25 Waseda University 早稲田大学

26 Yamanashi Gakuin University 山梨学院大学

27 Yokohama National University 横浜国立大学

Examination for Japanese university admission