Think College

A Timeline for Your College Search

Think that you might want to be an engineer, nurse, marketing executive, teacher, meteorologist, FBI agent, dentist, or doctor someday? All of these professions and many others require college degrees, and going to college means you need to do some planning.

You’ll want to take high school classes that prepare you for admission to most colleges and give you the freedom to explore most academic majors once you start college.

Freshman Year

  • Schedule college prep classes. Go above and beyond the required coursework and take full advantage of available opportunities. This dedication will show admission counselors you’re committed to your education and willing to challenge yourself.
  • Explore subjects you may choose as your major once you begin college. Visit websites like to see lists of majors and what each one entails. At Valpo, you’ll have the flexibility to choose from more than 70 undergraduate degree programs.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities, like service organizations. Colleges look for students who are passionate about their interests and serve their communities. Valpo students dedicate more than 90,000 hours to community service each year.

Sophomore Year

  • Pay close attention to the information you receive about different colleges and universities.
  • Observe what people do in their careers and ask for any advice they can share. Talk to current college students and see how they prepared.
  • Consult your guidance counselor about taking the PSAT and PLAN. Prepare for the test by visiting test prep sites.

Junior Year →

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