Choosing the right Type of University for Older Students

A non-traditional student is one defined as “a student at a community college, college, or university who is older then the traditional “18-21 year old student.” This seems to make sense, since an image of a woman in her early forties comes to mind when I think of an older student; a young woman in her mid-twenties doesn’t.

That woman in her mid twenties, though, is me after a bitter divorce, leaving me moving in with my parents the day of my twenty-fifth birthday, I was still continuing the education I had only started the previous year. I am still persevering with at the local community college, and I must say that I am proud of my choice.

When I was trying to decide where to go back to school at the age of twenty-four, so many thoughts to consider popped in my mind: is the most expensive school necessarily the best? Would there be several classes offered that could work around my work schedule? What about organizations to put on my transcript? After much research, I headed to Rose State College (my current educator) and spoke with a guidance counselor who quickly put things in perspective for me.

I was assured that since this was a community college, a large percentage of the students were non-traditional; they were holding down a job, or a family, or both while taking classes either on a full- or part-time schedule. Professors were willing to accommodate students when they needed that extra help or another day to finish an assignment when an outside force disturbed their study time. The guidance counselor also spoke about majors with me; I was interested in an advertising degree, and also wanted something business-related. I’m happy to say that I am still continuing on my marketing degree I was suggested, and am passing with flying colors. After I complete my Associate’s degree, I will be finishing my Bachelor’s at the same school; through a local university in the area, I can take my upper level classes at the community college at night and graduated with a BBB from the University of Central Oklahoma.

If you are ever in doubt, just talk to a guidance counselor or call student services. If they are unable to assist you, they will find a school that will fit your needs. Good luck!