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Planning for College in Grades 6-8

College is closer than you think! Get on the path to success with these tips, and don't forget to print off a college planning checklist.

Make Your Grad Plan

Getting into college isn't automatic. Colleges will want to know what you did in high school: what kind of classes you took, whether you had good grades, and what leadership or community service roles you had. To be ready for high school, the state of Indiana requires every student in grades 6-8 to create a Grad Plan. Learn more about the Grad Plan here.

Explore Colleges

Where in Indiana is the perfect college for you? Start finding out now! Learn More Indiana can help you search colleges to find the one that's right for you.

What kind of college degree will you need -- and what kind of high school diploma will take you there? Find out on Learn More Indiana's education options page.

Learn about Careers

Do you want a sneak peek into your future? That’s exactly what a career interest inventory can give you. It will ask you many questions about what you like to do. Then, your results will provide a list of careers that might be a good fit for you. Remember: where you go to college will depend on which career you want.

Get started

Get started by creating a profile on the Indiana Career Explorer, if you don’t already have one. Keep your login information in a safe place, because you will use this account to create your high school Grad Plan, too.

Take the assessments

You will have several choices of assessments on your homepage for the Career Explorer. The career search will help you connect your interests to specific careers. You can also take the assessments to match your skills—things you’re good at—or your values to specific careers. If you take all three assessments, Indiana Career Explorer will give you a list of careers based on all three assessments.

Learn more

Use the Indiana Career Explorer’s career profiles to learn more about careers that interest you. But take your research deeper, too. Ask for books about careers at the library. Talk to family members or friends with careers that you think you might like to have someday.

Other resources

You can also browse this super long list of cool careers (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics), or answer one question about what you like to do for career matches.

Explore careers related to your interests with the Drive of Your Life game, too.