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Are You an Adult Learner?

Adult learners constitute nearly half of Penn State York's student populationAn adult learner is someone who is:

  • 24 years of age or older
  • a veteran of the armed services
  • returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity
  • a person who assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee, and student.

Penn State York faculty and staff recognize that adults may have unique needs or challenges associated with returning to the classroom, and they are committed to helping adult students address their concerns and make the most of their academic experience.

More than 160 Penn State majors can be started at Penn State York and completed at University Park or another Penn State location. Ten baccalaureate degrees can be completed at York as well as six associate degrees. For more information, see: Academics.

Adults often enter the college environment anxious and uncertain about their ability to be successful and to compete with “traditional” students. Current research indicates that adult students tend to be more successful than younger students because they:

  • bring maturity and experience to the classroom
  • are likely to have high levels of motivation
  • often have more specific occupational goals
  • have a desire to get the most education possible for their money

As an adult learner at Penn State York, you'll have unlimited potential to do the following:

  • receive professional guidance and support throughout your academic journey
  • select from more than 200 noncredit, certificate, and degree programs
  • take advantage of a variety of scheduling options, such as enrolling part-time or full-time, participating in day and/or evening classes, completing a program at your workplace, or studying online
  • interact with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff
  • accumulate college credits that are transferable to other learning institutions
  • earn a certificate or degree that is respected worldwide

Please contact Annie Haines at 717-771-4197 or azh2@psu.edu with any questions or comments about the content of Web pages for adult students.