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

Nov 30
Let's (Tele)Talk - LGBTQIA Students11:00 a.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 19–December 7

Meet with Counseling Services Carolyn Meiller, who specializes in working with LGBTQIA students, for Let’s Talk on Tuesdays, 11AM-1PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University 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 UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS 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. 

Dec 1
Let's (Tele)Talk - Black and African American Student Support2:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a...
October 20–December 8

Meet with Counseling Services Cecile Gadson, who specializes in working with Black and African American students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 2-4PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University 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 UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS 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. 

Dec 1
Let's (Tele)Talk - Graduate Students4:00 p.m.

Meet with Counseling Services Colleen McCarthy, who specializes in working with graduate students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that...
October 20–December 8

Meet with Counseling Services Colleen McCarthy, who specializes in working with graduate students, for Let’s Talk on Wednesdays 4-6PM. Let’s Talk is a service that provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultation with a University 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 UCS staff member about what actual therapy looks like.
Would like to meet with one of our UCS 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. 

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