Transitioning From High School to College

​High School ​College
​Highly structured ​More flexible
​Dependence ​Independence
​Less demanding courses ​Demanding courses
​Student is a child & parents are held responsible ​Student is an adult and is held responsible for actions
​Grades given to parents who have access to records ​Grades available only to student (unless student signs FERPA)
​Classes are for entire academic year ​Classes are only for a semester
​Four grading periods for each class ​One grading period for entire semester
​Teacher calls parents for conference ​Professor has no interaction with parents
​Teacher seeks out student to help them ​Student should take initiative to seek extra help
​Guidance Counselor meets with student ​Academic adviser meets with student
​Guidance Counselor/Teacher meets with parents and student ​Academic adviser/professor meets with student only
​Daily lectures/classroom activities ​Classes are held two or three times a week
​Tests given weekly/biweekly ​Tests given less frequently
​Collaborative work is generally not encouraged ​Collaborative work is necessary part of many classes
​Education is generally free  ​Tuition & books cost is paid by student & parents.
​ School creates social, cultural activities to enhance students' education ​Student must seek out organizations and activities of interest
​Student can remain in school despite poor academic performance ​Student can be dropped from college after one semester for poor academic performance
​Student can be suspended​ for disobeying rules and regulations ​Student can be dismissed from college for disregarding rules and regulations