Transition to UWM

The Transition: Differences Between High School and College

There are differences between the accommodation process in high school and at the post secondary level. These differences are a result of the laws that govern the provision of accommodations at the secondary and post secondary levels. The most important difference between accommodations in these two settings is the much greater emphasis on personal responsibility and self-advocacy. At the college level, students must discuss their accommodation needs with instructors and take responsibility for making arrangements for their accommodations. Some accommodations allowed in high school may not be appropriate at the post secondary level.

UWM is currently offering a two credit transition course, Educational Psychology 104. The course covers topics including study skills, self-advocacy, disability disclosure, use of accommodations, etc. It is strongly recommended that new students enroll in this course.

The following online resources and websites can assist with the transition process:

Going to college

Transition Year

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Making college affordable

Wisconsin Transition

Differences Between Secondary and Post Secondary Accommodations

Reviewed:  August 2017