Who is a Nontraditional Student?

You may identify as an nontraditional student if you:

  • Are over the age of 24
  • Are married, divorced, or partnered
  • Work full time
  • Are a parent or caregiver of a family member
  • Are returning to or starting college after a break
  • Are changing careers
  • Are a military veteran or active duty
  • Have a low income or independent financial status
  • Are a transfer student
  • Are alter-abled
  • Are a first-generation student
  • Self-identify as nontraditional

Find Your Community

As a nontraditional student, you have a unique set of needs. There are a variety of resources and services available to help you balance school and life. The Nontraditional Student Union is dedicated to representing the nontraditional student voice on campus and providing a place for you to feel at home. If you are looking for a place to connect with other nontraditional students, a place to get involved and advocate for change, or if you just want a place to study and get a snack in the heart of campus, the Nontraditional Student Union is a great place to explore. We provide several outlets for exploring more about our community through Engage and on Facebook.

How to Join the Nontraditional Student Union

To become a member of the Nontraditional Student Union, a student run organization, look for us and join us on Engage, or contact us to subscribe to our email list. A great way to get involved and meet other nontraditional students is to attend our meetings and events held throughout the year, or stop by the office in EMU 212 (office hours listed on Engage).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing protocols for community safety, the Nontraditional Student Union (EMU 212) will be open during fall term by appointment only.


Academic Support

The University of Oregon offers numerous academic resources to ensure the academic success of all students. More resources are available beyond the ones mentioned here, so please reach out to the Nontraditional Student Union for any specific needs you might have.

 


 

Financial Support

The university offers a variety of scholarships for students. If you identify as a nontraditional student, you may be eligible to apply for the Osher and Crankstart Re-Entry Scholarships. There are also other financial resources available to help you through your time at the UO.

 


 

Family Support

We want to make sure that you are successful outside of the classroom and maintain a balance between your homelife and your education. There are resources available to you including affordable housing for families, child care subsidies, and family mediation.

 


 

Well-being Support

At the UO we value self-care and life balance. There are numerous resources to promote mental and physical health, from individual and group counseling sessions, to meditation, nutrition, and exercise classes.


Events

Jan 20
Let's Talk - Thursdays 4PM-6PM4:00 p.m.

Meet with a Counseling Services staff member Shuyan Sheng or Kristen Besler for Let’s Talk on Thursdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to...
January 6–March 17

Meet with a Counseling Services staff member Shuyan Sheng or Kristen Besler for Let’s Talk on Thursdays 4-6PM.

Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a Counseling Services staff member. See our website for six additional Let’s Talk days/times offered throughout the week.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:


Have a specific concern and would like to consult with someone about it.
Would like on-the-spot consultation rather than ongoing counseling.
Would like to consult with a CS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our CS identity-based specialists.
Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do.


 

How does Let’s (Tele)Talk work?

While typically offered in various campus locations, Let’s (Tele)Talk will be offered via Zoom. As a drop-in service, there is no need to schedule an appointment and no paperwork to be completed. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis at the times listed below. There may be a wait in the Zoom waiting room if the Let’s (Tele)Talk staff member is meeting with another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can. Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-30 minutes) and are meant to be used on an as-needed basis. 

Click here for Let's (Tele)Talk - Thursday 4-6PM:

https://zoom.us/j/92314812010

Jan 25
Self-Care for Students with Children 7:00 p.m.

When you’re a busy student with children, finding time for self-care can feel impossible. It can also seem hard to justify taking time to yourself when you are responsible...
January 25 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

When you’re a busy student with children, finding time for self-care can feel impossible. It can also seem hard to justify taking time to yourself when you are responsible for the care of others – there is always something else to do! This can lead to feelings of guilt, resentment, and even burnout.

In this virtual workshop, students with children will be encouraged to reimagine their relationship with self-care – realistically and compassionately. What is self-care, anyway? Why is it important, and how do I know if I need to change my self-care strategy? Can taking care of myself really lead to a better experience for the kids I care for?

If you are a student who cares for children, please RSVP for this event, and we'll send you the zoom link. The first 30 students who RSVP will receive a complimentary self-care box after the workshop.

RSVP to link below:

https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50XodcYBLb5YnL8

For more information or questions, please email Brianna Mintz at brianna@uoregon.edu.

Feb 7
BIPOC Leadership Workshop: The Influence of Culture in the Workplace 3:00 p.m.

“Leadership” is considered one of the core career readiness competencies for college students that lead to success in the workplace and lifelong career management. The...
February 7 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Multicultural Center, room 109

“Leadership” is considered one of the core career readiness competencies for college students that lead to success in the workplace and lifelong career management. The truth of the matter is that leadership, as defined in the U.S., is not built for the success and retention of BIPOC individuals. BIPOC communities and cultures value collective thoughts and collaboration over individualism; connection, growth and community over professionalism; excellence over perfectionism; and storytelling and verbal communication over the written word. It’s time to change the narrative and bring BIPOC leadership into the spotlight!

In this interactive workshop facilitated by BIPOC Student Leaders from Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, we invite you to reflect on leadership, culture, and identity as we examine the influence of culture in the workplace. We hope this will be a space for collective learning and you will walk away with a better understanding of how you can leverage your unique culture and identities to demonstrate BIPOC leadership skills for a better future.

 

Special thanks to the U.S. Department of State for sponsoring this workshop series.

Presented by: University Career Center & Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement

Nontraditional Student Programs

Office Hours
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Students
Oregon Hall, Suite 380
*Hours are subject to change.

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Contact Us

 
Maria Kalnbach
Coordinator, Nontraditional and Veteran Student Engagement and Success