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Old 03-18-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Default Which 4-year colleges are best for adult students?

Many colleges and universities are shunning off adult students, while some have an enrollment of 20%-30% or more. After speaking to a few people around the country, I'm getting the impression that it's regional (not happening everywhere).

Which colleges are best for a returning student, second degree, transfer, etc.? I keep hearing that these are more common on the east and west coasts. I'm referring to undergrad, not graduate.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:48 PM
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Metropolitan State College in Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver have fairly significant "adult" populations.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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Many colleges are beginning to open up to adult learners, returning students, etc... offering programs designed to fit their life. The 'shunning' comes from the fact that most adult students require (or desire) evening, weekend, and/or online courses to work around their careers, family and what-have-you. It takes money, time, and resources to hire new faculty, set up an on-line system, develop programs, and create the overall infrastructure to run it all.

Anyways, it all depends on you. If you plan on, or can, attend the majority of your classes during the day then you will not have any problem enrolling into a college any more than an eighteen year old would (granted that they accept you, of course).
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:02 AM
 
Location: The land of milk and honey...Tucson, AZ
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Many colleges and universities are shunning off adult students, while some have an enrollment of 20%-30% or more. After speaking to a few people around the country, I'm getting the impression that it's regional (not happening everywhere).

Which colleges are best for a returning student, second degree, transfer, etc.? I keep hearing that these are more common on the east and west coasts. I'm referring to undergrad, not graduate.
I'm in Arizona, so I agree with you to some extent. There are classes that are offered at night time, but those are mostly foundation courses that you could take at the local community college.

My local community college actually has a program where you take 60 credits and take the remaining undegraduate courses via distance online. You might want to check your local community college to see whether they have this option.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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I would also look into HBCU's
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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There are two colleges within 15 minutes of my house that have a specific program for adults. They both call it Life long learning Lifelong Learning (ACCESS) You may be able to find out if nearby colleges offer it by googling the name of the college, adult learner.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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What state is the OP in?
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Many colleges are beginning to open up to adult learners, returning students, etc... offering programs designed to fit their life. The 'shunning' comes from the fact that most adult students require (or desire) evening, weekend, and/or online courses to work around their careers, family and what-have-you. It takes money, time, and resources to hire new faculty, set up an on-line system, develop programs, and create the overall infrastructure to run it all.

Anyways, it all depends on you. If you plan on, or can, attend the majority of your classes during the day then you will not have any problem enrolling into a college any more than an eighteen year old would (granted that they accept you, of course).
I know what you mean, though I am referring to full-time day programs. Some schools are only accepting recent high school graduates now.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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I know what you mean, though I am referring to full-time day programs. Some schools are only accepting recent high school graduates now.
really, which schools?

I've found adult students tend to be far more serious about their studies than kids right out of high school.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:08 PM
 
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The ones offering more online classes...

I also agree more adults are more serious...

I think more of these online programs are Grad level though, BUT there are still quite a few undergrad courses offered at many universities as well if you just want to "get that bachelors degree"

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really, which schools?

I've found adult students tend to be far more serious about their studies than kids right out of high school.
most tend to make it much harder admissions wise for transfer or returning students, i.e. higher gpas etc. etc.
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