Why are some students diagnosed after they enroll at FSU?

Ferris State University has admissions criteria which students with and without disabilities must meet to gain entry. Thus, those with learning disabilities who gain entry typically have cognitive strengths which rank among the brightest. Throughout secondary school they were able to rely upon those strengths to do well in the less competitive pool. However, within the fast paced, highly competitive context of FSU, such students often find that their strengths can no longer compensate for significant weaknesses. They do poorly, seek consultation, and are subsequently diagnosed for the first time as having a learning disability. Transfer students from other educational institutions may have been able to continue their personal compensation strategies from high school without a formal assessment. The reports of difficulties throughout the developmental stages of learning are still needed to support a later diagnosis.

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