Who is a ''mature student''?

A "mature student" is usually someone who has been out of school for at least 1 year.

Adults can apply to attend colleges or universities as mature students. Applications by mature students are evaluated differently from applicants who have just finished high school.

Many schools recognize that mature students have life experience that younger students may not have, such as work experience, experience as a parent or independent learning. Schools consider this experience and any academic credentials you have when you apply for admission. Contact individual colleges or universities directly to find out about mature student admissions.

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Last updated: November 14, 2016 4001135