High School vs College – How Do They Compare?


High School vs College – How Do They Compare?

Before we start, let’s make something clear. Someone asks on Quora, “Why do Americans
call university, college?” It is a little bit confusing if you’re not
from the U.S. When Americans talk about college they are
usually talking about institutes of higher learning that you attend after you graduate
high school. One university might have several colleges,
such as Cornell University, which has seven. ‘College’ and ‘university’ are interchangeable. We just thought we’d make that clear. If you say you are going to college in the
UK or Australia or somewhere in Asia, it usually means a place of further education or somewhere
you might study a vocational subject such as nursing, textile manufacturing or automotive
repair. So, today we are talking more about differences
after high school graduation rather than a comparison of two similar types of institutions. Welcome to this episode of the Infographics
Show, High School vs College. Ok, so anyone who’s been through high school
and finished university can tell you the first major difference is your freedom. The shackles of youth and to some extent the
fetters of pervasive rules are off! Some people leave the nest, the neighborhood,
the city, the state, or the country, and for the first time in their life they have almost
complete freedom. Is this always a good thing? Well, some young folks deal with freedom well. Others spend their first year constantly running
out of money and partying so much they barely learned a thing. Some others, but these are few, become homesick. That year might be harder, or you might be
more reckless, if you choose not to live on campus. The Good University Guide gives some tips
on how to survive that first year: Use your time wisely, we are told, which means
just because you only have 12 hours of classes a week it doesn’t mean you should stay up
all night doing bong hits and playing Grand Theft Auto because mummy won’t be forcing
you out of bed in the morning. Most high schools around the world start from
7.30 – 8.30 and finish around 2-3.30 depending on the country. Freedom can be a curse and it can invite chaos
into your life. You have to respect freedom and see it as
it is, a double-edged sword. Even if you enjoy all that partying, too much
of it will make it less enjoyable and it will negatively affect your body and your grades. High school is all about being told what to
do. College should be about knowing what to tell
yourself to do. You will also have to stick with a budget,
which isn’t easy for someone who is used to relying on their parents to hand them cash
every time they run out. Books are gonna start costing you a lot of
money, when in high school almost everything was free. The College Board reports on some costs for
college students in 2017/18, and these costs are separate from tuition costs. Housing will cost the average student $10,800. Books and other learning materials will be
around $1,250, while other costs such as transportation, personal items, clothes and entertainment
will set the average student back $2,730. But one good thing about college is that you
can get discounts on all kinds of things, so check out student deals in your town. This will be the last time you get such deals
until you become a senior citizen. Take advantage of that student card, until
it’s exchanged with a similar one but you’ve got wrinkles and grey hair. Look online and see what you can get. Many clothing stores have discounts for students. You can get student discounts for furniture
in the U.S. at stores such as Overstock, and you can sit on your new couch and read The
Economist or New York Times at a reduced price as you took advantage of their student discounted
subscription fees. As for gadgets and software or Internet connections,
most of the big tech companies have special prices for students. At the end of the day when you’ve had enough
of studying, movie theaters and museums often have special student discounts, as do many
restaurants. And when you want to travel that long distance
back home, the train or bus can cost a lot less if you can prove you’re a student. What about that homesickness? Well, one of the best things about going to
college is making new friends. You’ve been used to the same faces in high
school for so long you forgot how to meet new people. You should make an effort. Start conversations, attend events, and go
to parties (though not every night). Another thing that is going to change is that
you are going to either have to cook for yourself or take advantage of those cheap student deals
at places such as the local pizza shop. Pizza slices may be cheap, but they are not
always conducive to good health. Weight gain is common in college, mostly because
many students don’t cook and only feast on cheap junk food that is everywhere near
most colleges. Check out all the student cookbooks online,
or just cookbooks for people with little cash, such as “Tiny Budget Cooking by Limahl Asmall”. Learn how to cook! This is a very important piece of advice,
and in the future you’ll be happy (and your partner will be happy) that you made the effort. You are now head of your own household. Your responsibilities don’t stop there. In high school you just turn up to class and
get the job done. Well, you are an adult now, and you must arrange
with your advisor what courses you will study and when. Also, how to graduate can be a complex matter,
and it is your responsibility to know exactly what you have to do. As for the classes themselves, you can expect
some classes to have as many as 100 students attending, compared to the average high school
class size of 26.8 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And when you’re not in class, you’ll have
to get used to more studying on your own. This of course is up to the student, but one
university we found says the average is 2 to 3 hours of private study for every hour
of class study. Most media point to one set of statistics
regarding hours spent on homework in high school around the world, but those were compiled
in 2014. It was said American high schoolers do an
average of 6.1 hours of homework per week. The least number of hours was Finland at 2.8
hours and then South Korea was second at 2.9 hours. As these countries are very high in terms
of student academic performance it’s no wonder the UK and American media have been
publishing stories of late asking if homework is really worth the hassle. By the way, the Russians did the most homework
at 9.1 hours per week, but Russian school days are short. You are also going to have to read voraciously
for most disciplines, so get used to many hours with your head in books- ask any philosophy
student who has tried to finish Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s “Phenomenology of Spirit.” We are talking some serious reading hours,
and that takes self-discipline. And you won’t always be explicitly told
what to read as you were in high school, you’ll have to know what to read sometimes from certain
assigned material. If you want to get ahead, read books relating
to that material that are not necessarily in the course. And once you’ve done all the reading and
completed an assignment, professors may not always check you’ve done it, as teachers
do. They might just assume you did it. And don’t go expecting professors to be
keeping an eye on you. Professors can help you if you approach them,
but they won’t mollycoddle you as teachers sometimes do. In general, you just have to be way more independent
when it comes to study. That includes drawing your own conclusions
from work, which might even be radical. In school much of the time there are answers,
but in college a great student will often have his or her own original answers. This depends on the subject ofcourse. As for tests, in uni you’ll have few of
them and there may not be makeup tests, which is very different from high school. There are other major differences, such as
social matters. In school there is often a hierarchy, cools
kids and such, but in college you are expected to have grown out of that. You won’t have too much time anyway to be
acting like the cool guy, the clown, the princess, or the geek. And your relationship with your prof will
be more man-to-man, woman-to-woman, etc, unlike that adult vs child thing you experienced
in school. Hey, you might even share a bottle of wine
with your professor while discussing if ethically flawed artists or geniuses should still be
admired. One girl summed-up on Twitter how she thought
teachers and profs were different, with this hypothetical dialogue:
“High school teachers: I’m MRS. HARDASS and you will take me SERIOUSLY!.” “College profs: What up, I’m Josh and class
is cancelled… cuz I’m tired.” Yep, it can be laid back. But if no one tells you not to spend all your
time on your phone, you’ll need some self-restraint otherwise you’ll fall behind. And that in the end is what it’s all about,
self-restraint and hard work. Moderation and perseverance. Becoming an adult, and sometimes, as Einstein
famously said, forgetting what you learned in school and thinking for yourself. Hey, one day soon someone might be studying
YOU! What do you think about this? Can those of you that have been through school
and university please add to this? It could be a great help for any of our viewers
who are about to go to college if you can give them some advice. Let us know in the comments!. Also, be sure to watch our other video called
Best Studying Techniques. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe, see you next time.

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100 thoughts on “High School vs College – How Do They Compare?”

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    Did the video make you appreciate your time in high school or college more? For those who are already done, have you noticed anything you've done (and would've done differently now) in your years of going to school?

  2. Gamer Time says:

    In Michigan we get way more freedom in middle school

  3. A Random Channel says:

    I’m not going to college anyway

  4. John Doe says:

    3:40 This is petty, but you shouldn't have people vaping in your videos. Teens are dying right now because of it. Otherwise, great video.

  5. Sean Stell says:

    830? My high school starts at 905

  6. Christian Layne says:

    I miss high school now lol

  7. No Manches Marvin! says:

    The thumbnail should be backwards

  8. Yes No says:

    I’m in the top 10 school in national rankings. I have all AP classes, and I only get one hour of homework with a 4.0 GPA. I’m totally not flexing or anything 😎

  9. King Haedos says:

    No, in Australia college is high school

  10. PeakePip says:

    I feel like high school is basically collage, but without the freedom

  11. Lukas Mark says:

    what's the .8 in 26.8 is the student funs (this comment is just a fall)
    or the room that's it =)

  12. SpiritForce says:

    University has become a giant Communist brainwashing machine. True 10 years ago and true today!

  13. Stirlingite 555 says:

    College isn’t all about partying and getting wasted. My classes say different and that’s why I live at the library

  14. Rk-la-mate 666 says:

    U got that girl from 7 second riddles

  15. Matthew braymer says:

    "I'm tired so class is canceled" had me dying because that's so true

  16. Kaleela Edwards says:


    we got a project on the second day.

  17. Splashgang - says:

    When I get to college…………. i’ll be eating gut noodles every day.

  18. meow cat222 says:

    just go and drop out , it is better

  19. Gabriela Casiño says:

    average high school class size: 26.8 students
    i didn’t know you could have .8 of a student

  20. Austin Martín Hernández says:

    In college, you get to carry practice a constitutional right to protect your life. I carry everywhere I go, even on the field during marching band rehearsal.

  21. JACIEL [NUTTA]LSM_OPtiX says:

    4:45 high school class size is 26.8 students


  22. Austin Martín Hernández says:

    Most US towns don't have trains for public transport… Most students drive their own cars back home.

  23. 10,000 subscribers with no video Challenge says:

    I always done my homework for reading 9.1 hours :/

  24. Yeetus deluts im a fetus says:

    Bruh I'm in middle school, I have 5 hours of homework a DAY and my hours are 7:00 to 4

  25. Deagan G says:

    In high school there isn't even much of a hierarchy. Its just a bunch of friend groups and people are more rated on their likeability and entertainment value

  26. Pbness Jellyness says:

    I'm absolutely terrified to go to college because I'm scared of that freedom and what it'll bring. That, and I'm planning on going to an art college so it would be nice to still be with my mom considering how much stress I'll (most likely) be under.
    But, no matter how it may seem at first, I have to remember that it's healthy to feel this way.. And I should really get my drivers license, my permit won't last forever (much to my dismay).

  27. RC1 SAVAG3 says:

    My school start on
    6:30 Finish 1:00

  28. JR Games says:

    what does he mean 26.8 students 4:40

  29. Ice Bear is ready to Tokyo Drift says:

    Now try Middle School vs High School vs College.

  30. Dettlaff van der Eretein says:

    I hate college. It gives more freedom… to do really hard work. It’s horrible, I regret not canceling

  31. Magic Trash can says:

    I do like 22 hours a week of homework du fuke

  32. Kerseili says:

    University is a lott more independent work.

  33. Paulo Abreu says:

    My high school starts at 8am and ends at 5pm

  34. RaceGod SRT says:

    Ha I don’t do homework I play video games instead then I sleep in class but it’s ok because I’m a 9th grade

  35. The plug says:

    I’m in high school right now and I have never spent 6.1 hours on homework in my entire life

  36. Always Bored says:

    I'm in year 1 (7th grade)

  37. TrulyDimes says:

    I'm low-key excited and scared to be in college.

  38. Jay Cavinder says:

    Don’t forget to mention being broke.

  39. DJNX4995 says:

    College is really a pain, I’ve planned to drop college all together after I get a AS degree and then go trucking

  40. Boris Bilic says:

    In slovenia is colege free reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  41. Ace Hardy says:


  42. ironfistman1 says:

    College: A waste of time and money

  43. Ysabelle F. says:

    Wowww why did the vid said highschools start at 7:30 and finish at 3:00?
    Well my highschool starts at 7:25 and finish at 4:20 plus there's some group stuff you need to finish so you'll probably be done at 5:00

    Why is my school like this? 🙁

  44. Ya Boiii says:

    *Laughs in Quebec osti

  45. sis says:

    That moment when you're doing four years of high school in 2 years of college at the same time

    Edit: within 4 years

  46. Warren Snook says:

    As an American High School teacher, I constantly hear students say that high school never prepared them for college life. I teach Math and Computer Science and it seems like students are prepared very little for the rigor of high school courses, which is extremely frustrating. Students need to study to be successful, but many don’t take my advice and end up failing.

  47. Pringlez Chip says:

    This video is super cringy, and I hate when youtubers sponsor other programs, products, websites, etc

  48. Lyra Bhatnagar says:

    5:05 excuse me WHAT

    why am I here doing six hours of homework everyday then?

  49. Leo pro channel says:

    1:43 no really!!!! Why????!! Gta 5. My favorite game!!😮😮😮👺

  50. Harsh Stuff says:

    10,000 dollars means 8 lakh rs 😵😵😨

  51. Sergio Oteng says:

    You should do a secondary school vs high school

  52. Liam-Man 72 says:

    I'm in college now, but it still feels a lot like high school to me.

  53. Billy The Bully says:

    I am in a college which starts in 9am and end in 10pm and you get no free days even the weekends. The holidays are the only time you have free and you mostly use it to fill your skills for the college

  54. Xut J says:

    سوووو تروووو 😭😂

  55. Arya Tiwari says:

    26.8 students?! what there are 0.8 students too

  56. Ryan Smith says:

    I grew up in a bubble community where everyone looked like me and more or less believed the same things. Best thing to happen to me in college was me becoming more open minded. There is so much to be said about higher education (especially American university culture), but I personally believe it molds you into something spectacular that the world needs

  57. Huot Rithy says:

    High school teaches us how to fund (X) even if we don't want to study

    College teaches us expert or skill and we can pick anything we'd like to study

  58. Anjali says:

    Why is this in my recommenced right now?

  59. Psycholic says:

    *Sitting in home is better…*

  60. Shmoovle Studios says:

    Highest 9.1 hours per week??
    I should stop procrastinating
    cries in 25 hours per week

  61. Roberts Tomsons says:

    In my country we have to pay
    50 euros in college

  62. YouTube Zertoxツ says:

    In France we finish class at 5 or6 pm (High School)

  63. tenso caden says:

    Mom: Honey, how many kids are in your class?

    Me: 26.8

  64. Ben Helmet says:

    Only nerds do homework at high school and only idiots dont do homework (ie tutorials etc) at university.

  65. рок кан says:

    You know, there is soviet high school, that is terrible

  66. PabloGM 15 says:

    FORTNITE 3:44

  67. Bobby Singh R says:

    Really depends on the college for many thing s

  68. bailey birdsong says:

    high schoolers doing 6.5 hours of homework a week is so wrong lol

  69. joshymc poo lll says:

    college is not like movies at all but at the same time it kinda is-

    Might be hard to understand but I feel like that’s accurate

  70. Tyology 22 says:

    26.8 students for a high school class

    Just think about it

  71. Adam Wind says:

    "What's up, I'm Josh and class is cancelled because I'm tired"

  72. 安Happy says:

    Average hours of homework per week in my school:
    Yes, I'm trying to flex because I know that this won't last forever and next year I'm going to have to go to college and study for endless hours

  73. Vance FR says:

    People that go to college actually want tot be there

  74. Nicole • says:

    Middle schoolers watching from the back

    Like if u are in middle school

  75. Kiwi YT says:

    26.8 students on average for high school classes? RIP the .8 student missing an arm or leg.

  76. Umaru Gaming says:

    Yayyy. Starting at 7:30 in the morning to 4:40 in the evening, also we have 1 hour to eat. Welcome to high school in France !

  77. shounak debroy says:

    college in australia is primary – secondary P-9 in 1 campus, high school 10-12 different campus, on rare occations some schools have P-12 in one campus

    in Australia we call it University (Tertiary/Further Education, not college)

    university is the the institution
    colleges are campuses under the university

  78. marcell hung says:

    Why they look so happy

  79. The Amazing Channel says:

    Yeah u American weasels you study so less and think you suffer

  80. Justin Rohrer says:

    Highschool, you cry before you graduate. College you cry after you graduate.

  81. Landon Lloyd says:

    Movie theaters and museums?

  82. reiumi says:

    You guys end class at 2- 3:30 ?? Dang, I arrive home at 7-7:30 pm

  83. Defau/t says:

    Whoever made the concept art for this video reversed the image.

  84. You did not see me on YouTube says:

    I’m in middle school and I’m going to be scared of high school. But after the hard work comes…. more work XD

  85. Gaming Theft says:

    im gonna join the military like that i dont need to pay for the most part😂

  86. Muhammad Ariel says:

    High school is great but college is useless to me because is a waste of time and money

  87. Range Rover says:

    This is super true for real

  88. Michael says:

    I hate high school and college (both) for different reasons. 1. High school attendance for minors under 18 is required by law vs college degrees are required for a job that pays living wage and above. 2. You live with your parents until graduation day often not on your 18th birthday vs college is eating up your income you would save for your first apartment. And 3. in high school, your parents decide who your friends are vs. in college, your friends are too busy when they study so much. I have a HS diploma and still at age 39 because I dropped out of community college: an apartment and a part-time/low wage job, but no car, spouse and kids. +

  89. Bilbo_SwaggensBT- Clans Entrepreneur says:

    6.1 hours a week in high school? Lucky..

  90. Luis Rosales says:

    So that means everything I learned in hight school was for nothing but college is the same thing college doesn't prepare you for life

  91. ConcalOw l says:

    I’m almost into high school which is why I watched this 3 more years

  92. Dark Star says:

    actually Moldova has the least homework 2 hours per week with no homework for friday

  93. Zest says:

    I was looking forward to college until this

  94. Fafino K says:

    Best spot to study in university is middle east specialty saudi arabia

  95. MR. Negrete says:

    I was expecting something related to the educational, this is more focused on the “independent” American average

  96. Aysel Bakhtiyarova says:

    Mine highschool is starting on 8:00 and ends up on 17:45
    Ye.. Im in belgium and I study in a hard school😅😅

  97. JK BEAST says:

    1:38 Really? 12 hours?
    I am a first year engineering student from India. I got 7 hours of classes per day , five days a week. 🤦‍♂️

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