The most common perception of a college student is a teen fresh out of high school, living in an on-campus dorm pursuing a bachelors degree. But according to the most recent data, around 40 percent of all college students in the U.S. are over 25 years old. Many of those students live off-campus, hold a regular job and care for children or other family members while they're not at school.
UW Colleges is no stranger to serving adult students. Nearly 30 percent of our students are over the age of 25. Whether you're going back to school to complete a degree or giving higher education a shot for the first time, UW Colleges campuses offer a number of attractive qualities for adult students.
1. Convenient locations and schedules
As an adult student you have a lot going on in your life. Our programs give students the opportunity to take classes full- or part-time depending on what they can manage. Additionally, UW Colleges campuses are conveniently located in your community so you don't have to disrupt your life to follow your dream.
2. A degree designed for you
A number of UW Colleges campuses offer a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program for adults with busy lives. This customized degree plan gives students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor's without having to leave their job or put their lives on hold. By pursuing a BAAS degree through UW Colleges you can set yourself up for new opportunities and higher pay without disrupting your life.
3. Faculty and staff dedicated to your success
When you choose a school, you want to make sure you're getting the attention you deserve from faculty and staff. Thanks to our small class sizes, our campuses offer a private-school feel at a public school price. You'll get regular face time with exceptional faculty no matter what campus you choose.
4. Go to school, don't break the bank
A major factor in anyone's decision to go back to school is the cost. UW Colleges makes that decision easy for adult students with the most affordable tuition in the UW System. You shouldn't have to choose between getting a degree and keeping the lights on, and we pride ourselves on making a degree accessible for all students.
5. A welcoming community
Going to school as an adult can be a intimidating prospect, especially if you don't know anyone else on campus. Nearly 30 percent of our students are adult learners, so you won't be alone in your journey to your degree. Professors, staff and fellow students will be with you every step of the way.
6. Flexible degree and course options
In addition to our BAAS program, our campuses offer a host of learning tracks and degrees that will fit your busy life. If you plan on transferring to a four-year school, you can take advantage of our Guaranteed Transfer program. If you want to earn a four-year degree while staying on campus, we offer a number of collaborative degrees with four-year schools in the UW System. Wherever you're going, we can help you get there.
Each year, thousands of adult students across the country decide to earn a degree and improve their lives. You can be one of them, and UW Colleges can help you every step of the way.