Welcome to Adult and Non-Traditional Student Services

We recognize adult learners as valuable members of the VCU community, and we're here to offer support through every step of the academic journey. Whether you're applying to college for the first time or only a few credits away from graduation, we'll give you the tools you need to successfully complete your bachelor's degree.

Who are adult learners and non-traditional students?

Adult learners are undergraduate students who are 25 years old or older when they start their education at VCU.

Non-traditional students are students who are married/widowed/divorced, have children/dependents or who are military-affiliated (veteran/active duty/reservists).

As an adult learner, taking control of the situation and being an active part of the narrative has been the biggest key to my success. It's nice to know there are so many resources here at VCU and when I call, everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Morgan Fett
Morgan Fett

How can we help?

Is it time to finish my degree?

Going back to school can feel intimidating. Maybe you were unable to finish your degree due to family commitments or financial challenges, and you didn’t receive the support you needed. You’re likely asking yourself if this time can be different. The answer is yes!

Learn more about applying to VCU

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What do I do once I've been admitted?

Congratulations, you've been accepted into VCU! Our office is here to support you as you prepare for enrollment. Not sure where to start? The VCU admissions checklist will guide you through each step of the process.

See the admissions checklist

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How can I connect with other students?

Building community is important. There are many ways to meet and connect with adult learners just like you. Start by joining a student organization or attending one of many events held on campus each week. 

Connect with your peers

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How can I support adult learners as a VCU employee?

Students identify that relationships with faculty and staff at VCU are one of the main reasons they are successful and graduate. Our office is here to support you as you support adult and non-traditional students. 

Find support resources

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Resources for adult learners

Other adult learner programs

In addition to our undergraduate degree programs, VCU offers the following options for adult students:

Upcoming events

Paraphrashing workshop

Nov. 30: Paraphrasing workshop hosted by the Writing Center from 10-11 a.m. This interactive Zoom workshop is intended to help you feel comfortable with the process of paraphrasing in academic writing. Paraphrasing can be a great tool for expressing ideas clearly and in a way your audience can easily understand. Though it is easy to think of paraphrasing as a daunting task, this workshop will empower you to express it in your own words. Sign up via Zoom.