how college differs from high school

Posted : May 3, 2007
Last Updated : April 8, 2014
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how college differs from high school

As you transition from high school to college, you may be suprised at how different these two environments can be. The expectations and responsibilities placed upon you in college vary greatly from those you experienced in high school. From academics to extracurricular activities to social aspects, college differs from high school in a number of ways. Review the following so you will be better prepared to make a smooth transition from high school to college.


 

Academics

High School

College

In classes 30+ hours a week In classes 12 to 15 hours a week
Class attendance is closely monitored Class attendance is rarely monitored (although if you do not attend and miss important lectures, you may suffer consequences come grading time)
Instruction is by lecture,learning activities, games, group work, etc. Instruction is mainly by lecture
Around 30-35 students per class Can range from 10 students to 500+ students per class
Teachers approach you if you need assistance Professors expect you to initiate contact if you need help
Little control over class schedule Arrange your own class schedule
Grades are based on multiple homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, etc. Grades are usually based on one or two tests and possibly an essay paper or group project
May study very little outside of class Should study 2 to 3 hours for every hour in class
Teachers tell you what's due for the next day You are expected to read the syllabus for assignment due dates
Much assistance from teachers Learning is more independent
Memorization Analysis

 

Independence/Responsibility

High School

College

Live with parents Live with roommate
Curfew No curfew (depending on school/dorm)
Parents manage money Need money management skills
Parents do your laundry (if you're lucky) You do your own laundry
Parents make sure you are fed Must make/buy your own food
Parents/teachers may make decisions for you and help solve your problems You make your own decisions and solve your own problems

 

Time Management/Stress

High School

College

Time is very structured                   Time is more flexible; time management skills are crucial
Less stressful             New experiences, schedule, making new friends, etc. can be stressful

 

Extracurricular/Social Activities

High School

College

Moderate amount of clubs/organizations to join            Abundance of clubs/organizations to join                  
Old friends                   New friends
Prom                        Sorority and fraternity formals                    
Slumber parties                  Greek parties

 


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