College isn’t for everyone.
If you think college isn’t for you, maybe you should think about all the ways you can go to college. You can take classes full time or part time, online, on campus close to home, far away or in between. Community college certificates and associate degrees can help you keep learning beyond high school and increase your hiring and earning potential. Don’t be too quick to dismiss college as an opportunity. Do some research online and ask your counselor—and every adult you know—to help you find the right fit.
Happiness can be found at only one college.
Fall in love on a campus visit or have your heart set on just one school? You may miss out on opportunities that better fit your personality, pocketbook, and academic and professional goals. Be sure to apply to several schools that are slightly different but that meet some of your criteria, such as size, location, price and admissions standards.
I can’t apply to college without high test scores.
Your ACT or SAT scores are only one part of your application package. Some schools place a great deal of emphasis on high test scores, but other colleges and universities weigh factors such as grades, activities, and even life experiences. You may be able to improve your test scores with practice tests, but no matter what your final score is, remember that it’s just a test score—not the measure of your true worth, or how successful you will be. Read more about taking the right tests here.
Choosing a major will lock me into a career.
Nope. Choosing your college major is an important decision, but it’s not nearly the end of your story. Before you go to college, have a general idea of the direction you are headed (see page 9 for resources) and your strengths and weaknesses. When you get to campus, you can find more help in finding a major you love. And, if you don’t love it, you’re still not out of luck. You can add work experiences or minor areas of study that can help you shift gears.
Going to college with my high school boyfriend, girlfriend or friend group will guarantee a great college experience.
A funny thing happens when people go to college. Some high school friends remain close, but most students quickly learn that one of the benefits of college is finding new interests and new friends. Don’t depend on others for a great college experience. Be open to the fun—and challenges—of your new life.
Indiana has more than 100 choices of colleges and universities, ranging from large, world-famous universities to more than a dozen well-respected independent institutions—and some that fall in between in terms of campus size. You can go big, go small, or stay close to home. It can cost a little, or a lot. It can take one year to earn a college credential, or more than four years.