Traditional students you will encounter are 18-24 year olds, usually coming to college straight from high school, or soon after. They are full-time students, and may have no work or only part-time work.4
- 69% of SU undergraduate students fall into this category2
- 96% of SU undergraduate students study full-time3
- 75% of SU undergraduate students live on campus/affiliated housing1
Nontraditional student demographics vary, but are often 25 and older, and are returning to school after some period of time. They are often enrolled part-time, and have obligations and commitments outside of school, such as full-time work and families.4
These students are highly motivated, and oriented toward a post-graduate goal. They will bring knowledge and perspective with them into the classroom from previous academic and work experiences.5
When working with non-traditional students, you should keep in mind:
- School may not be their primary or only responsibility.
- Be flexible with office hours, or open to appointments.
- Value and recognize the background knowledge and different points of view these students can bring to classroom discussions.6