Start exploring Indiana University!
Dive in to your college search process!
It may seem like college is still several years away, but now is the time to start exploring! If you are ready to try out some new academic interests and are looking for clubs and activities that might be the right fit, Indiana University has a world of opportunities available to you. Start your exploration process by learning what makes IU so unique. Then, check out our tips below on preparing for college and take the next steps!
- Choose one of 150+ majors or design your own like marine biology or the history of rock 'n roll through the Individualized Major Program.
- Think research might be for you? Get started as a Cox Research Scholar or a Science, Technology, and Research Scholar (STARS).
- Check out the view from from the IU student section in Assembly Hall--home of the best seat in college basketball.
- Want to see the world? IU's 100+ overseas study programs can take you to more than 30 countries.
- Live in special learning communities for people with common interests ranging from Outdoor Adventures to Computers to Performing Arts.
- Get involved in one of our 750+ student organizations. Spelunk, salsa, sing, or snowboard--we've got it all!
- Experience IU while you are still in high school by attending a summer camp like the Jacobs School of Music Summer Academy, Science Olympiad, or Honors Program for Foreign Languages.
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Get Ready for Admission
- Make sure you know what courses are required for admission. IU, for example, requires seven semesters of math, one of which MUST be pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus.
- Talk with your high school guidance counselor about the colleges that interest you and make a plan for your final years of high school.
- Include challenging courses in your schedule such as honors or AP courses that will prepare you for your college courses. But, make sure you create an appropriate balance and plan a schedule that is a good match for your abilities.
- Attend a college fair in your area. Listen to the questions being asked and pick up info to take home and read.
- When you find some colleges and universities that you are interested in, make sure you get on the mailing list (all colleges are different but you can usually accomplish this through the Admissions web site).
- Make your first college visit!
- Register for and take the PLAN or PSAT test to identify areas where you need to improve your skills; soon you'll be taking the SAT and/or ACT!
- Think about the subject areas that interest you and read about related majors online.
- Keep high school fun and build your leadership skills. Join some clubs or organizations that interest you or volunteer in your community.
- Start keeping a list of your honors and activities.