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“How Is College Different From High School?”

High school is mandatory and free: most things are either arranged for you or require permission from parents or from the office; your schedule fills your day; and parents/teachers remind you of your

College is voluntary and expensive: therefore, your responsibilities are much greater; you must set priorities and accept the consequences of bad decisions; you & your advisor choose your classes; you alone are responsible for your graduation.

High school learning: many students succeed by studying only 2 hours/week or not at all; you may or may not take or use notes in class; you will be reminded of what you need to accomplish; absence is easily made up; teachers and parents take a lot of the initiative in helping students do well.

College learning: college classes require 2 or 3 hours of work each day for each hour spent in class to be successful; lectures and class work are based on the assumption that you have completed homework and the assigned reading, even if it is not graded; absences may not be excused; student success is the student’s responsibility.

High school teachers: high school teachers are trained to teach; they present material to help you understand the text; they will write what they want you to know on the board; work is collected and graded; teachers are often available before and after class; they often take the initiative in reminding students about work, offering help, and reviewing material.

College Instructors: professors are experts in their field; they may lecture nonstop; they assume completion of assignments even if they don’t collect or grade them; they may be available only by appointment; they assume students will take the initiative if help is needed

High school grades: tests are frequent, announced, and can usually be made up; teachers make it clear what you need to know; mastery of material often means memorization; high school grades can be
helped with extra credit work, and you may get points for trying/good faith; in high school, just passing is enough.

College grades: tests are infrequent, may not be able to be made up, and students are expected to anticipate content; mastery of material means being able to go beyond memorization and what is said in class; college grades probably don’t include extra credit, and your good faith is assumed; in college, you will need a minimum C average or better to graduate, depending on your major.


UL Lafayette Honors Program 3rd Floor Fundraiser


Go Here to See Pictures from the 2016 Honors Soiree d'Excellence

In 2014 the Honors Program presented a night of enchantment and pride, the Honors Soiree' d'Excellence. The Honors Program was able to raise nearly $5,000 with the help and proceeds of many students, professors, and community leaders for the expansion of the 3rd Floor of Judice-Rickels Hall. In 2016, the Honors Program supplied another opportunity for individuals, family members, alumni, and friends of the program to gather and dine in honor of the program and in order to raise funds for the 3rd floor expansion. Provided is a brief video created by Honors Students explaining our continued need.

If you would like to help us continue to increase the expansion of our 3rd floor, please do not hesitate to donate.

Donations can be made by clicking here.