US colleges and universities take a holistic approach in reviewing a student’s application for admission. One of the most heavily weighted components is the transcript, or summary of a student’s marks, from every course from year nine – year twelve. These courses will be assessed on student performance and rigour. US admission committees are looking for evidence which demonstrates that a student is continuing to academically challenge themselves while at the same time maintain a high level of academic performance. Student transcripts should therefore demonstrate a balance of rigorous courses across many disciplines.