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 three credit transition course, Educational Psychology 104, Pathways to Success. This course will provide students with knowledge of campus resources, help with study skills and time management. 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: A resource for teens with disabilities

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Wisconsin Transition

NTCAT Differences Between Secondary and Postsecondary Accommodations

Revised:  June 2018