You’re almost there. This is a big year. Spending time behind the wheel, getting ready for prom. There’s a lot of social life going on. Just don’t forget it’s a big year for college planning, too. From entrance exams like the SAT, to college visits, your schedule can fill up quickly.

PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR JUNIORS

Graduation will be here sooner than you think. The following checklist will help you to prepare for what’s ahead. Read through the list items and follow the links to work through each one.

1. Read Indiana NEXT

Take some time to read through Indiana NEXT: a guide to life after high school. You should have gotten a copy from your school counselor. You can view a copy here.

2. Review and update your high school graduation plan

Meet with your guidance counselor at the beginning of the year to make sure your graduation plan reflects your college and career goals. If you have been keeping track of your plan online, login in to Indiana Career Explorer to review it and make any necessary adjustments in your class schedule as soon as possible. Learn more about graduation plans here.

3. Sign up for the SAT and/or ACT

As a junior, you should sign up to take your college entrance exams. Strong test scores will look good on your college applications and may help you qualify for scholarships. If you haven’t already taken the PSAT, you may want to take that first for valuable practice. Learn more about entrance exams here.

4. Visit colleges you’re interested in

You should start planning visits to colleges you think you may want to attend. Review the map of Indiana colleges and the list of Indiana college degree programs to help you make a list of your top schools. Make sure to select colleges that will help you achieve your career goals.

5. Calculate the cost of college

Start thinking about the type of college you want to attend, how many years you might be in school, and how much you have saved so far. You can plug this information into the Indiana College Costs Estimator to help you compare college costs. Learn more about this valuable tool here.

6. 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS:  Complete your requirements

If you’re a 21st Century Scholar you will need to complete three activities each year as part of the Scholar Success Program. Track your progress online and complete the requirements by logging in to your ScholarTrack account.

CAREER

Planning your path

STEP

1

Find what career might be the perfect fit for you.

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COLLEGE

Preparing, applying and transferring

STEP

2

Discover where you can go to get the degree you want.

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COST

Financial aid and saving

STEP

3

Figure out how you can pay for it all.

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Make a list of your favorite schools.

View our map of Indiana Colleges to get started.

COLLEGE MAP