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Things to Do Your Junior and Senior Year to Ease Your Transition to College

  • Research the difference between high school and college in terms of what services are provided
  • Know and understand what your disability is and how it affects you in the classroom
  • Know your academic strengths and weaknesses
  • Actively participate in your IEP meetings
  • Research and visit each school you are interested in and make an appointment with the Disability Services Office
  • Learn what accommodations are appropriate in college and try using only those accommodations
  • Participate in any available study skills, time management, or assertiveness workshops that are available
  • Make sure your documentation is current and up to date. Most colleges and universities ask that your documentation be no more than 3 years old

High School vs College: Different Responsibilities


Issue High School Responsibility College Responsibility
"I am here and I need services."
School Student
"I have a disability and the tests to prove it."
School Student
Program Access
"I am able to access the information, materials and equipment used in my educational program."
School/Parent Student - Institution
"I have rights and you have responsibilities."
School/Parent Student
Decision Making
"I will be an active part of my education."
Placement Team Student
Transition Planning
"I do not have the skills to manage my new environment"
Placement Team Student

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities