High School to College

The transition from high school and college will be challenging.

  • Course work will be more intense than high school, and you will spend more time studying (30-40 hours per week)
  • You will learn how to work in teams to accomplish large projects
  • You will need to use your instructor’s office hours, and other academic resources
  • You will have greater freedom, and need to be responsible for your own actions  

Students often have different course schedules for the first year because of variations in preparation, course enrollment limits, time conflicts, and personal interests. In terms of progress toward graduation, no scheduling option has advantages over others. Your advisor will help you determine the course selections best suited for you, and that will help you meet degree requirements. You may want to consider taking ALA 171, Making the Most of Michigan to help with your transition.

At the time of your orientation advising session, your advanced placement, IB, or A-level results, and/or college credits taken during high school, may not yet be posted to your student record. It is your responsibility to notify your EAC advisor about all test scores and college credits prior to the start of classes.

A minimum of 12 credit hours is considered full time for Fall or Winter Term. The recommended number of credit hours for first-term students is 13-16 credit hours. Listen carefully to the advice and recommendations of your advisor.

The final selection of courses can be influenced by special circumstances, such as health problems, participation in intercollegiate athletics, housing, personal issues, pledging a fraternity or sorority, other extracurricular activities, part-time work, and so forth. Please notify your advisor if you have major commitments outside of coursework.