The traditional picture of an undergraduate college student—fresh out of high school, supported by mom and dad, attending full time—for the most part still holds true. But there are notable trends that are changing the definition of this idea and redefining what it looks like to pursue an advanced degree.
What is a "Nontraditional" Student?
Nontraditional students—that is, students who possess one or more of the seven characteristics identified in a report by the U.S. Department of Education—are nothing new, but what may be surprising is that nearly three out of every four undergraduate students fall under this label.
The Online Option
The flexibility and convenience of online learning could be one solution for students who are raising a family or working full-time—two of the study’s highlighted categories. Many JWU College of Online Education students and alumni have shared that the online option was key to achieving their degree and balancing their many outside obligations.
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