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Nontraditional Student Services

Many Adult Learners have made the decision to continue their education after a hiatus from high school, while raising families, or after being in the military.

These students often juggle a job, family, and full academic course load as well as possibly having a lengthy commute to and from campus. Adult learners (also known as a non-traditional students) are a large and growing segment of the student body. In Spring of 2013, there were 330+ undergraduate students enrolled who are 24 years of age and up.

A student is defined as an adult learner if he or she meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • 24 years of age or older
  • has had at least a two year break in his or her education,
  • holds a GED rather than a high school diploma,
  • married or
  • single with dependents.


To help you with your college experience, we've supplied some PDF's that you can download and print, pages (see left) dedicated to the student-run Adult Learner Association (ALA) and the national honor society for adult learner's-Omicron Psi.

For more resources, see the left navigation options and let our list below help you figure out where to find what you need:

If you would like to contribute to the Student & Family Transitions blog or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Massaro via email at

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"On behalf of the faculty and staff of SUNY Potsdam I want to convey a hearty welcome to you from the College!

Learners who bring maturity and the ability to apply life experiences to their academic work are tremendous assets to our academic programs.

We encourage you to take advantage of the many support resources here and offer all good wishes for great success at SUNY Potsdam."

-Margaret Madden, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs