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HOW IS COLLEGE DIFFERENT FROM HIGH SCHOOL?

HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
COLLEGE CLASSES
  • Each day you proceed from one class directly to another.
  • You often have hours between classes; class times vary throughout the day and evening.
  • You spend 6 hours each day-30 hours a week-in class.
  • You spend 12 to 16 hours each week in class.
  • The school year is 36 weeks long; some classes extend over both semesters and some do not.
  • The academic year is divided into two separate 15-week semesters, and an optional summer semester. Classes last, generally, for one term only.
  • Most of your classes are arranged for you.
  • You arrange your own schedule in consultation with your academic adviser, and register on the web. Schedules tend to look lighter than they really are.
  • Teachers carefully monitor class attendance.
  • Professors may not formally take attendance, but they are still likely to know whether or not you attended.
  • Classes generally have no more than 35 students.
  • Classes may number 100 students or more.
  • You are provided with textbooks at little or no expense.
  • You need to budget substantial funds for textbooks, which will usually cost more that $100 per course.
  • You are not responsible for knowing what it takes to graduate.
  • Graduation requirements are complex and differ for different majors and sometimes different years. You are expected to know those that apply to you.
Source: http://smu.edu/alec/transition.asp

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