Transition From High School to College

Most students entering college will find many differences between high school and college and this includes differences in disability services and the legal obligations of the college versus high schools.  With careful planning, awareness of policies and procedures and a willingness to make use of available services, you will enhance your chances of success.

As you plan for college you should understand your needs, as well as your rights and responsibilities. It will be important for you to be able to articulate your needs as they relate to the college environment. An excellent document published by the Office of Civil Rights regarding students' rights and responsibilities is Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education:  Know your rights and responsibilities. The document is available on the OCR website at and print copies are available on campus in the Academic Resource Center (ARC).

When you begin your college studies, we want you to make use of the many available resources on campus. These include your professors, the staff and services of the library and ARC, your peer mentors, student affairs staff and others. We expect and rely on you to be proactive and make your needs known to us.

Many other resources exist that may help with a smooth transition to college.  Some of our favorites are:, (the Association on Higher Education and Disabilities), (many links to various resources) (a transition video) (lots of information and tips for dyslexic students) (a great site, with lots of links to other information)




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