Tips for Maximizing Success as an Adult Student


Did you know that research* suggests that adult students are less likely to engage in both classes and extracurricular activities on campus?

Adult students have different needs than “traditional” 18-year-old college students. At AU, adult students make up the majority of the population, and AU is committed to your success! In order to maximize your success as an adult student at AU, consider the following tips:

Do not shy away from class discussions. Increasing your engagement with both your professors and your fellow students can help bolster your success.

Get involved with extracurricular activities and attend events when they fit into your schedule. Because AU wants to serve its students, many events and meetings occur at times that cater to the adult student. Take advantage of all of the resources AU has to offer!

Check your Sunmail account and the event calendar on the Student Success Blog often.  AU offers easy on-the-go access to information and resources for busy professionals, parents, caretakers, or any of the other many hats our students wear. Log in often to stay abreast of all that is occurring in the AU community!

Are you an adult student at AU? What has helped contribute most to your success?

*Wyatt, L. G. (2011). Nontraditional Student Engagement: Increasing Adult Student Success and Retention. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 59(1), 10-20.


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