Whether you pursue higher education right after high school or attend later in life, an education is one of the most important accomplishments a person can attain. More than ever, it has become easier and easier for older, non-traditional students to obtain the type of degree they are seeking. In California, there are three universities in particular that have exceptional programs for non-traditional students. Below highlights what they have to offer:
Brandman University (Chapman University System)
Brandman University is part of the Chapman University System that offers over 200 degree and certificate programs which are easily accessible for non-traditional students. According to Brandman’s website; Brandman University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, teaching credentials and extended education programs online and at campuses throughout California and Washington. The average age of Brandman students is 37 years old and in 2009-10 there were over 10,000 students enrolled in their non-traditional programs. They are truly in the game of online learning and offering degrees 100% online
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
SFSU’s College of Extended Learning (CEL) is a great choice for non-traditional students with course offerings even targeted towards “mature learners.” CEL offers online courses, weekend courses, professional development certificates, degree credit courses and Open University. According to their website: SF State Extended Learning offers more than 30 career-relevant professional development programs, custom training for organizations and access to SF State through Open University (www.sfsu.edu). What is even more remarkable is the fact that SFSU welcomes students over the age of 50 with open arms through the Eldercollege and Over 60 Degree Program.
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
CSULB has a few different programs designated for non-traditional students including; the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE), Veteran’s University, Open University, and the Adult Re-Entry program. Each of them has a variety of ways non-traditional students can obtain a certificate and/or diploma. The Adult Re-Entry program is specifically designed for adults over 25 years old who have not been in school for at least five years and has not been a full time student. For those who maybe started college after high school but have not completed their degree requirements, this is a good option. All three of these universities are very welcoming to older, non-traditional students. They all offer financial aid and a variety of majors and courses that would suit most students. Although it is often a big step going back to college or starting later in life, it is something that is more convenient than ever before. It really is never too late to achieve an education.