College Planning for 7th-11th Grade Students

It's never too early to begin preparing for college. We have some advice and resources to help you wherever you are in the process.

9th-11th Grade Students

Once you reach high school, you can begin preparing for the college application process and ultimately choosing one school that will be the best fit for you.

  • Meet with your school counselor early and often. Your counselor is a great resource to help plan your high school class schedule and recommend colleges for you to consider.
  • Begin preparing for the SAT and ACT by taking practice exams available online through the College Board and ACT testing service.
  • Get involved! Participating in extracurricular activities makes you a well-rounded applicant and teaches you how to manage your time, work with others, and more.
  • Explore college majors. Penn State offers an Undergraduate Bulletin to help review the more than 275 majors we offer.
  • Begin researching colleges that interest you and plan to visit them.

7th-8th Grade Students

Even though high school graduation is years away, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you want to do after high school. We realize you have big decisions to make and we want to help you begin to make plans for the future. The first step in career planning is getting to know you:

  • What do you like?
  • What is your favorite subject in school?
  • Do you enjoy spending time with people?
  • Are you the president of a club?
  • Are you organized?

Answering those questions can help you determine what career path might be right for you. Here are some additional resources to help guide you in the right direction: