Non-Traditional Students attend ASU in Record Numbers

September 20th, 2005--Posted at 4:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR-- If you think college is just for young students fresh out of high school think again.   More and more students at Arkansas State University are enrolled as non-traditional students.

"The economy is vastly changing, so what we are see at the University is an influx of non-traditional students who are returning to the classroom to better themselves," said ASU Assistant Dean for Student Development and Leadership, Kimberley Johnson.

With the technology out more training is required for the entry level employees and in many cases companies will pass you over if you don't have a degree.

What is a non-traditional student? A student who is 25 years or older, returning to school after 5 years, a working professional, married student without children,and a single or divorced parent with children.

10% of students at the University of Arkansas are non-traditional compared to 33 percent at ASU. So why is ASU seeing so many non traditional students.

"The delta has seen alot of downsizing in their industry so i am thinking that is where the influx is coming from," said Johnson.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a non-traditional student at Arkansas State you can visit the office for non-traditional students in room 2064 on the second floor of the Student Union or call 972-2005.