Not all college students are in their early 20s. Whether they chose to serve in the military, traveled around the world, took care of family, or decided to work before heading off to school, some students wait to attend college until later in life. Nontraditional students are students ages 25 and up who took some time before starting their undergraduate degree. The number of nontraditional students in college has increased since Some colleges and academic advisors even have programs specifically tailored to these kinds of students.
Jill Johnes does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Halls full of year-old freshers running riot? Bragging tales of gap year misadventure? Older students starting a university course can sometimes find it hard to fit in.
Mature students are a significant part of the UK university landscape with over , mature students applying for entry in Despite this, it can often feel like universities are primarily concerned with appealing to 18 to year olds. Our guide, written in collaboration with the University of East London , will walk you through the process of going to university as a mature student, from deciding on whether to apply to getting financial support, with insights from a recent mature student graduate. Approaching higher education as a mature student can be both an exciting and daunting experience.
They bring a wealth of life experiences with them which enrich their studies, and those that study with them. We understand that many mature students come to us without having traditional qualifications. We have a variety of degree programmes to choose from, many of which offer work placements to make sure you are fully prepared for when you graduate. We know that you are unique too so come and join us!