Going Back to College: Frequently
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My Skills are a Little Rusty.
Where Can I Get Help for English and Math?
Many adults who have been out of school for some time
feel they need a refresher in certain subject areas.
Most colleges and universities offer learning centers
or other academic facilities to help you assess your
abilities, and also offer remedial programs that enhance
your skills to help you succeed. Many of these programs
are available on campus or online and through distance
Can I Keep Up with the Younger Students?
Adults are generally very motivated and view the college
experience as a wonderful learning opportunity as well
as a chance to fulfill their goals, whether it be personal
enrichment or professional advancement. They usually
want to get the most from their investment. Professors
also enjoy and welcome the adult's student's input and
experience in classroom interactions. Not only do adult
student's "keep up", they are excelling in
their studies. For more information, see the Special
Reports and Features
“Re-entry students are among the most motivated
students. They want to contribute to the world
in ways that utilize their talents and enable
them to earn a living for their families, and
they know from life experience the importance
of education in obtaining these goals. Despite
(their many) challenges, they often impress with
their commitment and often perform at a higher
level than other students." - Corinne Miller,
University of California Santa Cruz director of
Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS).
If I Begin a Program, Can
I Take a Leave of Absence?
Some institutions have a policy requiring continuous
enrollment, but many will give a leave of absence if
needed. Adult students, balancing work and family, often
find that they cannot attend every semester. Find out
about your chosen college's policy.
The Admissions Office Says
I Need a Transcript to Be Admitted. How Do I Get It?
As a transcript is a record of previous academic work,
you need to contact the high school or previous college(s)
attended and request that an official copy be sent to
the admissions office of the new college or university.
If the school or college you attended in the past is
closed down, another school or state agency is storing
your records. Call your state's higher education agency
to assist you.
How Can I Translate International
Higher Education Credits or Degrees into United States
There are several services that evaluate international
credits or degrees to U.S. equivalencies. The major
services are AACRA0's
International Education Services and World
If I Work Full/Part-Time, How
Many Courses/Credit Hours Should I Take a Semester?
A full-time college course load is generally 12 hours,
though some students take up to 18 credit hours. Part-time
study is generally 1 to 11 credit hours. Students are
advised to study independently three hours a week for
each credit hour. When you first begin (your first semester
back), it is a good idea to attend only part-time. This
will help you determine if pursuing a college degree
is what you really want without committing a lot of
of time and expense. According to Laurie DeFiore (Freschinfo.com),
the number one cause of failure for adults returning
to school is taking on too much. Many adults decide
they want to go back to college and enroll in a full
schedule, only to become overwhelmed with the responsibilities
of family, school, and work. Consider taking only one
to two classes to start to give yourself time to refresh
skills and get used to being in an classroom environment.
In regards to the the number of credit hours to take
when working, these guidelines provided by colleges
may be helpful:
of Work Hours Per Week
Hours Per Semester
Less than 20 hours