High School vs. College


Going to college is both an exciting and oftentimes nerve-racking experience for students. You are probably well aware that college is different from high school, but what you may not know is how college and high school differ. Below are some of the differences you can expect. The Office of First Year Experience is a great resource for you if you feel you ever need assistance as you transition into college life.

High School to College

High School College
In high school, your teachers, family, and friends held you accountable to making sure you went to all of your classes and completed all of your homework assignments. Responsibility
In college, you are on your own. In other words, you are responsible for making sure you go to class and do your homework and connect with the resources you need in order to be successful.
In high school, the teachers would oftentimes break down assignments for you to help you stay on track with reading/writing assignments and research projects. Deadlines In college, the professors will give you a syllabus at the beginning of each semester and expect you to set your own deadlines for turning in assignments on time. For example, they will not break down the number of pages you need to read each week. The expectation will be for you to read the book by a certain date and turn in all assignments on time.
In high school, you were able to complete many of your assignments in class. In fact, any homework you had to do outside of class probably required little time. Studying In college, you must study outside of class. For every hour you are in class, you should expect to spend two to three hours completing assignments and studying outside of class. Studying is an important part of college.
In high school, your teachers were there to assist you and answer questions for you while you were in class working on your assignments. Oftentimes your teachers would check in with you to see how you were doing and if you were struggling. Resources In college, there are many amazing (and not to mention FREE) resources available to you. There are university faculty and staff who want to help you be successful, but you have to seek out the resources you need. The Office of First Year Experience is a great resource to help you succeed and connect with other resources.
In high school, you are treated as a minor. Your parents/guardians are your decision makers, disciplinarians, and confidants. Decision Making In college, you are treated as an adult. You are expected to make decisions on your own. While the college will work with your parents when possible, unless you are listed as a dependent on your parent's tax forms, UCCS cannot share educational records with your parents/guardians without a signed release of information form.
In high school, you were usually free to have a social life when you were not in school (within the rules that your parents provided). Balance In college, you must balance your academics and your social life. It is important that your academics are a priority over work and socializing.
In high school, many of your classes were chosen for you. Course Selection In college, you choose your own classes and major. It is important that you schedule a meeting with an academic advisor prior to selecting and registering for your classes to make sure you are taking classe that support your degree program.