Going to college is the next logical step after high school, but your education plan should fit your goals and budget. Follow these steps to discover your best fit.
1. Start with what you really need.
Think about your career goals. Some certificate programs can get you into a job in less than a year. On the other hand, you might be hoping to become a lawyer, doctor, scientist or physical therapist. What you hope to be should help you decide where to go. Create your plan for high school, college and career using the Indiana Career Explorer tool at LearnMoreIndiana.org/career.
2. Explore all your options.
Unsure about whether you should attend a large university or small college, far away or close to home? Talk to your school counselor, family, teachers and others to help you find the best place to start: a big campus, the military, community college or an apprenticeship. Visit colleges you are interested in to see whether you like the environment and programs.
3. Get a head start.
Take advantage of every opportunity to earn college credit through Advanced Placement, Early College, or dual-credit programs. Earning college credit in high school is cheaper—or in many cases, free—and will help you adjust to college-level work and finish your college degree sooner. Check in with your school counselor during your junior and senior year and be sure you are on track for graduation and your post-high school goals. See the full list of Core 40 requirements online at doe.in.gov/ccr/indianas-diploma-requirements.