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).
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.
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.
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.
Youth and Family Programs welcomes you to PE and Rec's Family Rec Day 2020 sponsored by UO Human Resources, the Graduate School, and the Dean of Students Office. The event allows families free access to the Student Recreation Center to participate in games, obstacle courses, swimming, and rock climbing. This is also the first opportunity to register your campers for Duck Trails Spring Break Camp!
Take this opportunity to get active during the rainy winter months! You and your family will be burning a lot of energy so be sure to eat before you arrive and bring a water bottle since we have plenty of filling stations. Don't forget parking is free on Sundays in the metered spaces on University Street. See you there!
Nontraditional Student Programs
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.
Sign up for our email list. We'll keep you informed about programs and opportunities provided through our office, plus other related nontraditional student events on campus and in the community.