updated 04/01/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/01/2012 AT 3:30 PM ET
He won the 10th season of American Idol and released a Platinum-selling debut album, but there’s one accomplishment Scotty McCreery has yet to achieve: graduating high school. The country star is walking with his classmates this June, and doesn’t expect his education to end there.
“I’ll be going to college in the fall,” McCreery told PEOPLE this week. “We’re gonna work classes around [and] head out on the weekends on the road or something. We’re gonna work it out.”
The Idol alum has spent his senior year of high school on the road part-time opening for Brad Paisley along with The Band Perry, but he looks forward to this new juggling act: “It’s gonna be fun,” says the Academy of Country Music nominee for new artist of the year.
According to McCreery, he’s already been accepted to four colleges, though he’s yet to settle on “the one.”
“We’re gonna figure it out and decide as a family,” he says. “I grew up rooting for NC State, and that’s where my dad went. But also, there are schools in Nashville that have been really great – and that’s Music City so we’ll see.”
One thing McCreery knows for sure: music won’t be a part of his formal education. “Music I’m learning every day now from Brad Paisley on the road and different things,” he says. “I think marketing would be a cool way of learning how to stay out there and stay current. And study other things!”