Explore Colleges & Careers

Get Encourage, the College & Career Planning App

With the Encourage app, you can explore possibilities and set goals for life after school:

  • Personalize Your Search: Choose which types of colleges or technical schools you want to attend.
  • Plan Your Unique Journey: Explore majors and pick up to three you’d love to study.
  • Explore Potential Careers: Check out over 900+ career areas and pick the ones you want to pursue.

Encourage is free and will connect you with colleges and scholarship opportunities. Click the links below to get started!

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Complete your ACT Summer Passport

Are you a high school student looking for something to do this summer? Join ACT’s Summer Passport now through July 28. Each week ACT will share content designed to help you discover your destination after high school. Best of all, there are weekly giveaways!

You can enter Encourage and ACT’s joint giveaway June 20 – 23 for a chance to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini camera bundle. Head over to @actstudent on Instagram to get all the details on the giveaway post.

Don’t wait—the giveaway ends June 23 (official rules).

Get Your Passport

Get Started with Encourage

Encourage is completely FREE! Getting started is easy:

  1. Download the FREE app (iOS / Android) OR create an account online.
  2. Take 10 – 15 minutes to complete your profile, set your preferences, and identify your goals.
  3. Explore milestones and learn how to take control of your journey.
  4. Review your instant college and scholarship matches. Explore possible majors and 900+ careers.
  5. Talk to your champions — parents, guardians, mentors, teachers, or school counselors — and ask for their help and support on your college journey.

ACT Summer Passport Official Rules

*NO PURCHASE OR ACT TEST REGISTRATION NECESSARY. The “ACT Summer Passport Sweepstakes” is subject in all respects to the complete Official Rules available at www.act.org/summerpassport or by sending a S.A.S.E. to “ACT Summer Passport Sweepstakes Rules Request,” c/o ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, MZ 23, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168 (VT residents may omit return postage). Open only to entrants who, as of the entry date, are permanent legal residents of the 48 contiguous U.S.A. (i.e., excluding AK and HI) or D.C., at least 14 years old, and in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade, or received a high school diploma in 2023 (or, if home schooled, in the equivalent of 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade). ENTRANTS WHO ARE MINORS MUST GET THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN’S PERMISSION PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN THE SWEEPSTAKES. The Sweepstakes is void outside the eligible sweepstakes territory, and where prohibited or restricted by law. The Sweepstakes will be held on Instagram and Instagram Stories and will consist of 8 entry periods with the first beginning at 10:00 a.m. CT on 6/5/23 and the last ending at 9:59 a.m., CT on 7/28/23. LIMIT: One entry per person, per entry period, regardless of method of entry. Entry methods, instructions, requirements, limits and restrictions, and prize information are set forth in the Official Rules. Sponsor: ACT, Inc., 500 ACT Drive, MZ 23, Iowa City, IA 52243-0168. The Sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook.

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