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High School Students

Planning Ahead

 
Planning ahead is a key to success. Listed below are a few tips for high school students.

    Step 1:  Prepare for college academics
    Step 2:  Apply for admission early
    Step 3:  Apply for financial aid as soon as possible
    Step 4:  Be competitive for scholarships
    Step 5:  Schedule a campus visit
 

  Step 1:  Prepare for college academics.

Your first step is to make sure you're on the right academic track. Grades and test scores such as the SAT or ACT are important.

Equally important is selecting a high school program of study that matches your goals and abilities. Here are basic guidelines. If you have not already done so, check with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track.

  • Indiana Core 40. The Core 40 is Indiana's required high school curriculum for graduation from high school. Successful completion of Core 40 is a minimum requirement for admission at Indiana State University. In addition, students who complete the Core 40 (and meet other financial aid and grade requirements) may be eligible to receive up to 90% of approved tuition and fees at Indiana State University.
     
  • Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors. Students who complete the Academic Honors diploma are much more competitive for scholarships. In addition, students who complete this diploma (and meet other financial aid and grade requirements) may be eligible to receive up to 100% of approved tuition and fees at Indiana State University.
     
  • Illinois (and other out-of-state) students are eligible for admission, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities, if their high school coursework satisfies Indiana's Core 40 requirements.

Go to Indiana Department of Education Diploma Requirements.

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  Step 2:  Apply for admission early.

You can apply for admission to Indiana State University any time after completion of your junior year in high school. Early application for admission is very important because it ensures enough time for your records to be reviewed, and puts you in the pipeline for University news on financial aid, scholarships, and more.

If at all possible:

  • Take the SAT (or ACT) during your junior year of high school and have your scores submitted to Indiana State University.
     
  • Apply for admission to the University early in your senior year in high school. To receive first consideration for many scholarships, you must be admitted to ISU by December 1.

Go to freshman application & instructions.

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  Step 3:  Apply for financial aid as soon as possible.

All students who will be seeking degrees at Indiana State University are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Financial aid comes in many forms, including loans, grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, and work-study programs. Apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1 of your senior year and well before the March 1 deadline.

For assistance:

  • Attend a College Goal Sunday event in your community. College Goal Sunday helps students and families complete the FAFSA application form that is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education opportunities.
     
  • Schedule a campus visit for assistance with financial aid and much more.

Go to financial aid.

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  Step 4:  Be competitive for scholarships.

Indiana State University awards millions of dollars in foundation and merit-based scholarships each year. These scholarships range from $500 a year to the full costs of in-state tuition, housing, and books. Here are a few tips that will help you be more competitive for scholarships:

  • Complete the Academic Honors Diploma (Indiana residents).
     
  • Take the SAT (or ACT) during your junior year in high school and have your official scores submitted to Indiana State University.
     
  • Apply for admission to the University early in your senior year in high school. To receive first consideration for many scholarships, you must be admitted to ISU by December 1. Official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores also must be submitted for full consideration. This documentation should be included with the admission application if at all possible.

Deadlines: Your application for admission serves as your application for many scholarships. To receive first consideration for many scholarships, you MUST apply for admission to ISU by December 1 of your senior year in high school.

Go to ISU scholarships.

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  Step 5:  Schedule a campus visit.

Indiana State University is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Campus tours and special events (designed specifically for high school students) are scheduled throughout the year. In addition, you can schedule a personal campus visit anytime for a personalized session with an admissions counselor. Services include assistance with:

  • Admission
  • Financial aid
  • Housing options
  • Programs of study (majors, minors, honors, and more)
  • Scholarships
  • Student services (fitness & health centers, disability assistance, and more)
  • Study abroad
  • Veterans benefits
  • Work-study programs

Go to schedule a visit.

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Last updated: 8 April 2013