Even though college may seem like a long way off, now is the time to start thinking about your future. Dream big! If you succeed in school now, your college options will be limitless.
Set goals to do your best today. Our checklists for each grade can help you stay on track.
Why do I need college?
By the time you graduate from high school, most jobs will require a college degree or some kind of training after high school.
What are my college options?
You have lots of options: college for two years or four years, a technical program (such as a car mechanic program), an apprenticeship (such as an electrician’s apprenticeship) or the military. Read more about your options. You can also explore our college map to see which colleges are close to your home.
What will I study?
You will study what you want to study! In college, your classes will focus on your major (the subject on which you’ll spend the most time). If you major in biology, you will take lots of science classes. If you major in fine arts, expect to spend a lot of time in an art studio.
Where will I live?
Many college students live on or near campus, but you might choose to live at home and save money. If you live on campus, you will probably live in a dorm with a roommate. A roommate will share a bedroom and a bathroom with you. Do you share a room with a brother or sister now? If so, it is good practice for living with someone else. You could also live in an apartment, where you will have to cook and clean for yourself.
How can I get ready for college?
To get into college, you will have to show that you are a good student. Start setting good habits now, like turning in homework, studying for tests and listening to your teacher. Read more about succeeding in school.