Barrier 4: Transitioning from High School to College

By Dr. Kimberly Van Horne, Ed.D.


(Quotes by students: M=Male F= Female)

College adjustment can be a complex process for students. Students shared examples of transition barriers related to difficulties encountered when transitioning from high school to BC: (a) difficulty adjusting to institutional differences, such as parents and teachers’ involvement, class requirements, pacing, teacher’s attitudes, expectations for student behavior, and routines and (b) inadequate preparation for college-level coursework.

The transition from high school to college is difficult for many students. Many have said that they had difficulty adjusting to differences in college, and many felt they were not adequately prepared for college-level coursework.

Overcoming Barrier 4: Successful Transition Strategies

(Quotes by students: M=Male F= Female)

Students shared specific strategies to navigate the transition barriers they experienced at BC. Students stated two strategies that facilitated a smooth transition to college were (a) to make peer contacts on campus and (b) to get involved with campus activities.

1. Competing Demands 2. Financial Issues 3. Cultural Beliefs, Values, & Attitudes about Education 4. Transitions to College
5. Failing or Repeating a Course 6. Starting College in Developmental Courses 7. Personal Attitudes about College  


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