Five Key Differences between High School and College

1. Scheduling becomes personal

High school counselors are often responsible for creating student schedules, and students typically have little to no input. In college, however, students are given the liberty to select their own schedules with or without the help of an academic advisor.

2. College is career oriented

Students who attend high school do so with a state high school certificate in mind, while students who continue on to college will choose a specific major that will eventually determine their career.

3. Participation matters in the classroom

College professors often expect a high level of participation in their lectures, and some even take participation grades. As a result, college academic settings are some of the best places to develop and discuss your educated opinion.

4. Class time decreases but study time increases

High school students spend approximately 40 hours a week in the classroom, while a typical college student spends less than half of that. Because college classes meet for only a few hours a week, you will have the responsibility of putting in extra study time outside of class.

5. Each professor runs their classroom differently

Standardized tests often dictate the material that is taught in high school classrooms, while college professors have the opportunity to teach according to their own personal styles. Students who have specific learning styles can choose the professor that will teach in a way they resonate with.


Karina is the TJC Marketing student assistant. She's also a student in the Presidential Honors program.