Prospective Students

Prospectivestudents1As you start to consider college, many students and families find it useful to read important information from the U.S. Department of Education:

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

There are differences between service provisions at the high school and post-secondary educational levels. Therefore, it is encouraged for students interested in Oglethorpe University to set up a meeting with Accessibility Services during a campus visit.

See some of the differences between high school and college disability services support below. For more information on how to best prepare for the transition to the college experience, please feel free to contact Accessibility Services at Oglethorpe by emailing

Transitioning From High School To College


  • Identify students with disabilities and provide assessment
  • Classify disabilities according to specified categories
  • Involve parents and guardians in placement decisions
  • Provide certain non-academic services
  • Place students in programs where they can benefit in any way by placement committee and parent participation and approval
  • Structure a large part of the student’s schedule
  • Modify education programs
  • Prepare Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans
  • Provide a free and appropriate education
  • Provide appropriate services by the school nurse or health service
  • Does not administer assessments or provide diagnostic information
  • Evaluate and verify documentation if applicable
  • Make reasonable adjustments in teaching methods which do not fundamentally alter the content or functions of the course, program or college requirements

Students have an increased responsibility in the post-secondary setting in order to promote self-advocacy, this may include:

  • Self-identification or disclosure their diagnosis to disability support staff
  • Supplying appropriate documentation of their disability and identifying how it relates to the requested accommodation
  • Booking their own tutoring appointments facilitated by professional staff
  • Arranging for their own personal care attendants
  • Contacting instructors to ensure that accommodations are implemented in each course

It is recommended that students with disabilities who are admitted to Oglethorpe register with Accessibility Services during their MAP Day. Doing so will ensure the most appropriate accommodation strategy. Accessibility Services can also coordinate services such as modified housing, interpreters, accommodations on placement tests, etc. for orientation sessions.