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Transitioning to College

Accommodation Differences between High School and College 

The transition from high school to college can be a rewarding but challenging time for many students and their families, and students with disabilities have an extra step to navigate in this transition. The Goldman Center for Student Accessibility is here to provide insight, guidance, and information for you and your family at each step of the way. Incoming students are welcome to apply for accommodations anytime after they have received their TUID number. 

There are important differences in the nature of accommodations at the high school versus higher education level, including here at Tulane. 

High School


Guarantees success

Guarantees access, a key component of success

Legal guidance is provided by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Legal guidance is provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act (for housing accommodation requests)

IDEA provides the mandate and funding for in-school individualized instruction/special education services as well as transportation, therapy services, and tutoring

The ADA and Section 504 require colleges to provide accommodations and support services, but not services of a personal nature, such as individual therapy or tutoring services based on a disability

Teachers will remind students of assignments, provide missed information to students when absent, and provide additional support such as teacher provided notes

Students are responsible for activating accommodations, asking professors for help/support, and for making up missed work

The school is responsible for identifying students with disabilities, providing support, and involving the parents

Students with disabilities must request accommodations with the school and must be an active participant in the accommodations process

The parent is the student's advocate

The student is expected to self-advocate


Student Resources and Support

The Goldman Center is proud to be a member of Tulane's Student Resources & Support Services. New students are encouraged to download and review this "Student Resources Across Campus" guide compiled by the Goldman Center to connect you to offices that play a critical role in student success and wellness at Tulane. 

For parents

The best way to support your student is to continue fostering the same self-advocacy skills you have been teaching throughout your student’s educational career. It is our office’s priority to continue fostering student autonomy and independence in the process of self-advocating by getting connected to our office. While our process is inherently student-led, student-focused, and student-centered, you are able to join your student in their Welcome Meeting with our office, with the consent of your student. 

We know this is a new process to navigate for you as well as your student. You can support your student by encouraging them to reach out to our office to discuss any questions or concerns they have about the accommodations process. You are also welcome to share information about additional campus resources, such as Student Success and Case Management, that you can read more about here.

For students hesitant to inquire about accommodations, either as students who have not yet contacted the Goldman Center or students already approved for accommodations with the Goldman Center, it is important that you encourage them to reach out to us to schedule a meeting, either in-person or virtually, to discuss their questions and concerns. While we understand that students may feel hesitant to reach out or utilize their accommodations, it is important that we discuss this concern directly with your student. 

New Student Orientation for Academic Accommodations

As part of the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility’s goal to ease the transition between high school and college, New Student Orientation for Academic Accommodations will take place every Fall at the start of the academic year. This orientation is optional programming, but highly encouraged to participate in for information on how to utilize accommodations and understand how accommodations are just one element of academic resources aimed at increasing success for Tulane students.  Sections of the orientation will include a guest speaker, a current student panel, a parent session, and our “Extended Time Testing 101” overview of taking accommodated exams with the Goldman Testing Center. 

Incoming freshmen who desire to attend orientation should first apply for accommodations, which can be done at accessibility.tulane.edu. 

Information about New Student Orientation will be available in the Summer 2022. Information about New Parent Orientation will also be available late Summer 2022.