Ninth Grade

It’s not too early to start planning for college—in fact, you already are!

The courses you’re taking and the ways you’re spending your time are already preparing you for what comes next.

As you look for opportunities to get involved during your high school career, we encourage you to keep this question in mind: How will this help me identify the right college, major, career, and more?

Things to consider doing now

  • Talk with your family about why going to college is a good idea for you. If you know a college student (or recent college grad), ask them what it’s like. Plan to go for a visit if you can.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to plan out your coursework for the next four years. Think about including some challenging courses in your schedule. Your counselor can help you decide if honors or AP courses will be the right match for your interests and abilities.
  • Make high school fun and meaningful! You should spend time building your leadership skills, joining clubs and organizations that interest you, or volunteering in your community.
  • Start looking at college websites to learn about admission requirements and to get an idea of when you’ll take tests like the PSAT and/or PreACT—or even the SAT or ACT. Use free resources through College Board and ACT to practice.
  • Attend a college fair in your area. Collect materials and ask questions. Find out if there’s an IU Preview scheduled near you.
  • Start keeping a list of the honors you’ve received and the activities you’ve been involved in. This will come in handy when you get ready to start applying.

Get revved up for IU

  • Make sure you know what high school courses are required for admission to IU.
  • Start thinking about your interests. Search by your interests and design a career path that is right for you with our ahead-of-the-game Career Communities.
  • Get on our mailing list so we can keep you updated with need-to-know information.
  • Experience IU by checking out a precollege summer program.