How is college different than boarding school?
The biggest difference between a boarding school and college is this: structure versus independence. While boarding school students have great opportunities to learn independence while at school, boarding schools have structure because they have a significant responsibility to ensure that their students go to classes, follow through on their assignments, meet community responsibilities, and follow the rules. Boarding school students also have the luxury of teachers who may also be their dorm parents, so extra help on a tough assignment may be no more than a few steps down the hallway, even at 9:30 at night. To a great extent, the daily life of a boarding school is scheduled for them...when to wake up to when to go to bed. Their advisers have regular contact with parents/guardians so it is very difficult for a boarding school student to fall through the cracks. So while independence is earned in boarding school, it is independence with many levels of structure and support. Independence in college is true independence. Certainly like all schools, from grade schools to professional schools, colleges have rules to follow and academics are a priority. But in college, no one will make sure it is time for you to get out of bed and go to class. No one will set aside for you specific study hours each evening and give you a tap on the shoulder if you log in to Facebook when you should be revising the essay for your freshman seminar. No one will make you seek out a professor when you are struggling in a class. I am a huge proponent of boarding schools for the opportunities they offer and the independence that can be learned in those environments, but high school is high school and college is college. The structure of high school is in stark contrast to the independence of college.