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Tips on Applying for Adults/Non-Traditional Students

Adult and nontraditional students may face various challenges associated with college, work, and family responsibilities. The following tips will enable students to streamline their academic responsibilities:

  • Consult with an academic advisor: create a plan for a degree program.  Seek advice regularly to stay on track.
  • Professional documentation: prepare resumes, personal statements, work history, and recommendation letters in advance.
  • Maintain balance: establish reasonable goals and set aside enough time to study.  
  • Develop your academic skills:
    • Refine study skills to achieve your goals.
    • Learn or update your computer and word processing skills using our skills assessments.
    • Learn how to use the electronic library and other web-based resources.
    • Participate in the classroom and in group discussions.
  • Engage family members: discuss your academic plan with family members.
  • Making community connections:
    • Affiliate with UC and be part of the community of adult and nontraditional students.
    • Get to know your teachers, advisors, and the staff of University College.
    • Make connections with other adult and nontraditional students through nontraditional student organizations and honor societies.
    • Participate in special events and activities for adult and nontraditional students
    • Find time to contribute and make a difference on campus.
  • Ask for help: talk to your teachers, advisors, and staff. Learn about the resources available to you and seek help when needed.
  • Schedule time to relax: invest in your well-being. Do things that keep you mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy, and build them into your schedule. Find or create a support group.