Differences Between High School and College

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Hello and happy February! Today our blog is actually part of another blog that we posted on YouTube! If you are looking at this blog because of the video — yay! If you haven’t seen the video yet, I highly recommend you check that out either right now or immediately after reading this blog.

Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbI5MrpNNiQ

All right! So we thought we’d share another 10 ways that college and high school differ. Enjoy!

  1. High school: You can count on parents and teachers to remind you of your responsibilities and to guide you with your priorities and future goals.
    College: You must balance your responsibilities and set priorities. There are a lot of resources out there to help, you just have to be willing to take the time to utilize them.
  2. High school: Each day you go from one class directly to another, spending the whole day in class.
    College: At UW Oshkosh you get to set your own schedule. A typical student will have between 12-18 credits (roughly 4-6 classes) and spend about 12-18 hours in class a week. (3 credits = 3 hours a week in class, if you’re wondering where I got those numbers.) You’ll have a lot of extra time during the day, depending on when you schedule courses. A solid nap here and there is a great way to spend some of that spare time, but you have to remember to get homework/studying done in there somehow!
  3. High school: You may take for granted that you will for-sure graduate in four years.
    College: You have a set of requirements that you need to fulfill to graduate and it is up to you to make sure you get them done. Advisors and professors will guide you along the way, but no one will force you to take a certain class or number of credits. If you have a set time you want to graduate by, work with campus resources to make it happen.
  4. High school: The school year is 36 weeks long; some of your classes extend over both semesters and some don’t.
    College: UW Oshkosh’s semesters are (typically) only 14-weeks long. Some classes may be extended over all 14 weeks, some might be the first   7 weeks or the last 7 weeks, or even 3 weeks during interim. Nice variety!
  5. High school: You may or may not study outside class a whole lot… depending on what the class is.
    College: You will need to study.
  6. High school: You are expected to read short assignments that are then discussed, and often re-taught, in class.
    College: In some classes, you are given reading and writing assignments on your syllabus, which may not be directly addressed in class. These assignments are very helpful in regard to understanding the material / preparing for tests — so even though they may not be directly checked over / turned in to your professor, you should still do them. Professors will go over these assignments with you if you stop by their office or chat before/after class.
  7. High school: Teachers often write information on the board to be copied in your notes.
    College: Professors all have different teaching styles. Some will provide power point presentations and you add your own notes to supplement, other may lecture nonstop, expecting you to identify the important points in your notes. Practice your note-taking skills now so that you’re ready to take good notes in college. (Note: if you need special accommodations for note-taking, UW Oshkosh’s Dean of Students office will be able to help you.)
  8. High school: Teachers often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates.
    College: Professors at UW Oshkosh expect you to read, save, and consult the course syllabus (outline), which spells out exactly what is expected of you, when it is due and how you will be graded. Many professors still will remind you – but you shouldn’t rely on that.
  9. High school: Consistently good homework grades may raise your overall grade when test grades are low.
    College: As stated in point No. 6, assignments are used more as a study resource than actual graded work. Your test grades are very important and, particularly in larger lecture classes, may make up your entire grade. When you get into your program of study — assignments become a larger factor.
  10. High school: Your classmates will all be about the same age as you are.
    College: At UW Oshkosh your classmates’ ages are all over the board.

These are few main differences between high school and college.  If you would like to hear more differences between high school and college feel free to contact me on Facebook “Jenell at UWO” or leave a comment here! With our new video blogs coming out every Friday we are looking for topics and questions you want answered. Leave your question or topics in a comment below or write on our Facebook wall: UW Oshkosh Admissions.


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