Transition to College
How it is different from High School?
High School and College are similar in that they are both institutions of teaching and learning; their purpose is to educate your student. However, there are many differences between the two as well. Below we have a few links and information on some of the key differences:
Buying Books – In high school textbooks and class material you are givin to the student. In college students are required to purchase all of their course materials, including textbooks, lab manuals and equipment, calculators, and computer software.
Textbooks may or may not be covered under a student's financial aid package. Options for obtaining textbooks are: purchasing textbooks at the LFCC bookstore, renting the textbook, or using an outside service for renting or buying. NOTE: When using an outside company, be sure the textbooks are in before the start of classes.
Class Schedule – In high school all students attend during a 'standard' academic day. In college class schedules vary by the student's academic needs, when classes are offered, how many weeks the classes are offered, online vs. hybrid vs. in-person, and what campus the class meets at.
On the class schedule MC= Middletown Campus, FC= Fauquier Campus.
In high school students could have a substitute teach the class which wouldn't change what was being taught or learned. In college guest lecturers, films, and alternative learning activities are always important parts of the course.
Academic Calendar – Our Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks long (15 weeks of classes, one week of finals). Within each semester classes are also offered for 8 weeks (1st 8 weeks of the semester and 2nd 8 weeks of the semester), and classes are offered for 12 weeks. The summer semester is 10 weeks long, with 10 week classes, 8 week classes, and 5 week classes.
Academic Policies – In high school violating an academic integrity policy by cheating or plagiarizing may not necessarily cause one to fail a class. In college violating an academic integrity policy by cheating or plagiarizing can have grave consequences including earning you an F for the entire course, student disciplinary sanctions, and expulsion from the College.
Virginia Wizard – is an online tool by Virginia Community College System for planning the following:
- Finding a Career
- The Cost of College
- Searching for Colleges
- Transferring to a 4-year College or University
Testing Center – offers the placement exams for the Math and English levels of incoming students, as well as health professions admission examinations (TEAS, HOBET, STEP) and testing required for LFCC courses (online and on-campus).