Penn State defines an adult learner applicant as those who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- 24 years of age or older;
- a veteran of the armed services;
- returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity;
- a person who assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee, and student.
Adult learners often have unique educational backgrounds, so a personal evaluation is recommended to help you find the best path to reach your goals. Adult learners should contact the Adult Learners program at 814-949-5041 to schedule an appointment with the adult education coordinator. After the evaluation, you will be referred to the appropriate offices to take the next steps toward enrollment.
Learn more on the Adult Students page of the Undergraduate Admission website.