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.


May 17
QTISOC Weekly Meetings 3:00 p.m.

A space for students of color within the LGBT+ community to be supported and interact with other members of the community. 
April 19–June 7

A space for students of color within the LGBT+ community to be supported and interact with other members of the community. 

May 19
Oregon Diversity Career Symposium1:00 p.m.

It's time to OWN YOUR STORY!  You're invited to the 2021 Oregon Diversity Career Symposium (ODCS). Join with hundreds of University of...
May 19 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

It's time to OWN YOUR STORY! 

You're invited to the 2021 Oregon Diversity Career Symposium (ODCS). Join with hundreds of University of Oregon and Oregon State University students for a half-day of interactive workshops, alumni panels, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities that have been intentionally designed to help prepare and inspire students with marginalized identities on your path from college to career. While all students are invited to attend, our goal is to create a space that especially empowers you to explore your identities and experiences within your job search process and development. Mark your calendars & register early for special giveaways from our AWESOME sponsors!

The Program

The event will be held virtually on the Remo platform. (Remo information will be sent to you the week of the event, for now just register in Handshake!)

1:00 p.m.: Keynote: Chabre Vickers, Vice President Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo & Company in Oregon and Southwest Washington
2:15 p.m.: Workshops 1 and 2

Soul Force for the Workforce: Wu Tang, Wu Wei and the Innerworkings of the We and the Way through Networking
 What Do I Want, Why Do I Want It, and What Am I Worth? Understanding How My Ethnic/Racial Identity Impact Career Decision-Making and Career Success

3:15 p.m.: Workshops 3 and 4

Your Identity, Your Career: Understanding Identity and Inclusion Branding
Anatomy of a Job Offer

4:15 p.m.: Alumni Panels

Being True to YOU and Navigating Imposter Syndrome
Networking and Relationship Building

5:00 p.m.: ODCS After Party Networking Hour with Alumni and Employers from 30+ companies

Video chat with representatives to find out about their company, what it’s like to work there, and job and internship opportunities. Did we mention special giveaways/doorprizes for students who stay for the whole networking hour!


To see a full schedule with detailed descriptions of each workshop and panel, speaker bios, and a list of sponsors who are proud to support your professional growth, explore career.uoregon.edu/odcs 

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.

Get Connected

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.

Contact Us

Maria Kalnbach
Coordinator, Nontraditional and Veteran Student Engagement and Success