Planning for Career & College

7th & 8th Grade 

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Now is a great time to start exploring your passions and interests.  Your interests can lead to a potential career or help you figure out what you want to study in college.

9th Grade 

Do you know the difference between an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree? It is never too early to learn about the different types of schools and degrees that are available to you. Below you will see a list of the types of degrees that you can earn and how long you need to go to college to earn each degree.

  • Certificate: Generally one-year programs that lead directly to entry-level employment in a specific occupation such as pilot, diesel mechanic, or massage therapist.
  • Associate Degree (A.A., A.S.): Two-year programs that provide a foundation for transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Some students finish a two-year degree and get a great job such as a correction officer, nuclear medicine technologist, radiation therapist, or construction manager. Others keep going to finish a bachelor’s degree.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.): Four-year programs that provide in-depth, specialized knowledge in a major or field of study. With a bachelor’s degree you can become a teacher, a research analyst, or a business consultant.
  • All of those degrees are called “undergraduate” degrees. Some people want even more schooling, so they go on to get “graduate” degrees. Here are the types:
  • Master’s: Master’s degrees prepare students for occupations that include education, engineering, or business. If you get your Master’s degree you can become an engineer, social worker or physician’s assistant.
  • Professional Degree: Programs offered at a post graduate level, usually after earning a bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience. These people might become doctors, lawyers or dentists.
  • Doctorate Degree (PhD): Deep experience and knowledge in a particular field of study. College professors usually have PhDs, as do the scientists working at NASA.

10th Grade
Now is a great time to start making a list of colleges that you are interested in learning about. Once you have that list you can start thinking about questions that you would like to ask the different colleges. This will help you make a decision on your top choices.

Below is the list of schools in the state of Utah. Spend some time exploring the different school websites to see what they have to offer! Look beyond your back door for the right college for you.

You can go to the website of the colleges that you are interested in and sign up to receive informational materials from them:
University of Utah
Utah State University
Weber State University
Southern Utah University
Snow College
Dixie State University
Utah Valley University
Salt Lake Community College
Utah State University Eastern
Brigham Young University
Ensign College
Westminster College


11th Grade
Next year around this time you will be applying for college. Now is a great time to think about where you want to apply. Most students apply to more than one college. Will you stay in state or look out of state? Do you want a big school or a smaller one where you’re likely to know almost everyone?


12th Grade
Don’t let free money slip through your fingertips. The Regents’ Scholarship application is now open, which means you could be eligible for up to $6,400. The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. Click here to apply TODAY!

To look at the specific requirements you can visit the website.

Questions? Call the Regents’ Scholarship hotline and talk to someone. 801-321-7159 or email to

In 2022, the Regents’ Scholarship is being replaced by the Opportunity Scholarship. For more information, call 801-646-4812 or email