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What to Expect

→Professors don’t always collect homework, and there are fewer tests

→Professors are trained experts in their field and not in teaching methods

→Extra credit is usually not available

→There is more academic freedom in college

→College tends to be lecture or discussion focused

→WA creates social & cultural activities and offers them to you; in college, you must seek out these interactions

Financial Planning and Scholarships

Getting Ready to Live On Your Own


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Transitioning to College


You already know there are BIG differences between college and high school. This guide will help you learn more about what is involved in transitioning to college.

Here you will find general information about college libraries and how college research differs from high school. The focus of the guide is on college libraries as an academic support service, college level research expectations, and the research process. 

  • College: What to Expect  College means new freedoms! Discover how college and high school are different and what you can do to to get prepared for the adventures challenges that await you!
  • College Libraries  A lot happens at the library . . . researching, learning, studying, creating, computing, collaborating, socializing . . . don't miss out.  Learn what to expect when you step into your college or university library.
  • Tips for College Research  Sooner or later you will be tackling that first research paper or project.  Here's your first tip: Librarians are an awesome resource.  Tip Two: Use this guide to get a handle on the process.
  • Learning Module Videos  Watch the Transitioning to College videos and learn from other students' experiences.
  • Educators  Resources for high school educators working to prepare students for college.
  • Assessment Tools  Tools for assessing students' information literacy skills.

Other Resources


→Look at your college library's website before you go to get an ideal of what resources are there (& some schools have more than one library – Harvard has over 70!)

→Accept that you are ignorant, that is why you are in school -- ask for help!

→Most university librarians are subject experts! Make friends with at least one reference librarian—she or he is willing and able to help you research--visit before you start your research

→Get an early start when researching in college: Sometimes you need books delivered from another library; lots of schools now store their own books off-site; reference & reserve materials require time in the library

→Even a presentation you have created is “new knowledge” – you have put the information together in a new way (your way)

→When you get to campus, scope out the library before classes begin, so you know how to print, where the reserve desk is, the hours, where you can have food, etc.

Planning Your Career Path

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