High School to College

Transitioning from high school to college can be an intimidating time. There are a lot of things changing, like a familiar campus and familiar teachers. There is a whole lot of new information to soak in, and students have to learn how to navigate the college system - which can sometimes be complex and hard to understand.

College doesn't have to be a scary time, though; it's also a very exciting time! Students have more freedoms, more options, and more to learn. There are lots of people here to help! A great place to start is the Welcome Center, who can give campus tours and get you connected to different resources around campus.

For students with disabilities coming to college, there are some differences in disability services going from high school to college. In college, there's no more special education, no more IEP/504 Plan document, and students have MUCH more indepence in decision-making. 

Want to learn more? Here are some ways disability services are different in high school than in college:

There are many different reasons why going to college after high school can be a great option for a student with a disability.

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence: Knowing that you are part of something bigger than yourself and learning about the world you live in can make you feel more valued.
  • Independence and Interdependence: Going to college will help you learn how to make more decisions, leading to increased autonomy. Also, learn how people need to cooperate together to make things work.
  • More opportunities: More education leads to more opportunities and choices.
  • Get to know yourself: Becoming disciplined through studying and pursuing goals can help you examine yourself and will make you discover more about who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there.
  • Give back: Serve as a role-model to children and others who have not gone to college by learning how to make a difference in your community.
  • More job security, more respect, better earnings, and something that can never be taken away from you - an understanding of how the world works, and where you fit in to that world.

The Access & Ability Center offers assistance, support, and encouragement to students with disabilities. Check out our Fact Sheet; it will help you see what the Access & Ability Center does and some of the different services we may provide. Look for us when we visit your local high school, browse the different sections of our website for a clearer idea of who we are and what we do, or give us a call at (559) 730 - 3805 for more information. We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you plan and reach your educational goals!

For the information to become a new COS student, see the matriculation guide from the Welcome Center​.

For the information to join AAC, see our Program Eligibility page​. ​​​​​

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 1:20 PM