High School Transition Resources

Going to college is very different from high school and that transitioning to college can be a bit overwhelming. That's why we recommend preparing in advance for your college experience.


How Students Can Better Prepare for College Services

  • Update your documentation; be sure it addresses the accommodations you will need, and send it to the appropriate college office well before entering college.
  • Understand and be able to articulate what your learning or other disability is and how it affects you in high school.
  • While in high school, learn how to use accommodations similar to those available in college.
  • Learn how to responsibly handle freedom, making good choices that enhance opportunities for success; learn how to balance time with study, work, and relaxation.
  • Get to know who the service providers are and what other support personnel are available, and then use their services on a regular basis.
  • Learn to advocate for yourself while in high school.
  • Practice good study strategies: textbook reading, notetaking and reviewing course materials regularly (not just before tests).
  • Get your living space and study materials organized by using files, notebooks and a good calendar.


Academic Differences between High School and College

  • Actual time spent in classes is considerably less in college than in high school, creating much more free time.
  • The freedom to cut classes or spend time with friends is much greater in college than in high school. Missing classes, however, is directly correlated to failure in college.
  • College professors spend much more time lecturing and expect students to read and study textbooks on their own.
  • Studying in college does not necessarily mean homework; it means independent learning, such as reading, reviewing notes or studying outside sources in the library.
  • For every hour in class, about 2-3 hours outside of class should be spent studying, whereas high school might have required only 2-3 hours a day of studying.
  • Tests in college are generally given less frequently than in high school, so grades are based on fewer opportunities.
  • In college C (not C-) is generally considered the lowest passing grade; anything lower can risk probation or dismissal.


Other Resources

The following resources are intended to be helpful to students with disabilities who are in the process of making the transition from high school to college or those who are planning ahead to attend college in the future: