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Nontraditional students

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Note from the editor

Once a small minority in higher education, nontraditional students are now a market many colleges and universities want a piece of. And with the supply of prospective high school matriculants poised to shrink, their interest should only grow. 

Nontraditional students are older than the 18-to-24-year-olds colleges have traditionally targeted. And many have jobs to go to, family to look after and, certainly, additional life experience to pull from. As a result, they're asking for a different kind of college experience than their classmates who have arrived fresh from high school, and institutions are pushing themselves to give it to them.

Read on to learn how colleges and universities are recruiting more students from this age group, implementing new educational models to help learning fit their schedules, and adding services like child care support and guided pathways to help them complete their programs efficiently. 

How your college is serving nontraditional students? Let us know.

Hallie Busta Senior Editor

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