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Tacoma Community College
Who are non-traditional students?
Non-traditional students have a unique story. They
are people who—due to life circumstances—have had their
educations interrupted. They are usually 25 years of age
or older and represent a large segment of local
Non-traditional students come from all walks of life.
They are caregivers, veterans, parents, grandparents and
retirees. They may or may not have a college degree or
taken college courses; or had formal schooling, trade
school or military experience. They may be financially
independent or living at home. They may be working on a
degree or just taking courses for personal fulfillment.
Non-traditional students usually cannot take classes
during the day because of work or family
responsibilities. They generally prefer evening classes
or a combination of evening and online/hybrid classes.
These students have varied backgrounds. They work in occupations
ranging from accounting to construction to administration to the
military. Often the training that accompanies these diverse
backgrounds prepares them for a rigorous university setting and
helps them succeed academically.
So who is a non-traditional student? If you
hear your story in the descriptions above, then perhaps a
non-traditional student is you!