How to Succeed in College as an Adult

Despite how it may seem, going to college as an adult is pretty common. Many people choose to get their degree as an adult, and there are many motivations to do so. For example, some people wait until they are more financially stable as an adult to go to college. Regardless, 1 in 10 college students are 40 years old or older, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. So, if you’re considering getting your degree as an adult, here are some tips to ensure your success.

  • Manage your time

Time management is an extremely important skill to have when you’re a college student, regardless of age. However, managing your time when you have other responsibilities such as a family or a full time job, is especially important. If you’re not successfully managing your time, you can quickly become overwhelmed, which can lead to bigger problems academically.

  • Stay dedicated

Every college student gets stressed out about school every once in a while. It’s inevitable–but, it’s completely normal to feel this way. The key to overcoming feelings of doubt is to stay dedicated to your studies. Persevere through any negative feelings, and get help when you need it, but remember why you wanted to go to school in the first place. 

  • Choose the right school

Not every college is going to fit into your goals, both academically and personally. Additionally, not every college is designed for adult students. This is why it’s important to choose the right school for you. Assess your goals and determine what you want in a college, such as programs, pacing, flexibility, scholarship opportunities, etc. When you go to a school that is perfect for you, you’ll be happier and more likely to succeed. 

  • Maintain a schedule 

Having a consistent schedule is a key to being successful in college. Having a schedule that plans out your time, including studying, work, homework, and personal time, will help you to manage your time better. It’s important to stick to it so you can always have a clear picture of how your time will be spent and divided between tasks.

  • Use your financial resources

Remember to apply for scholarships that are designed for adult students so you don’t have to have financial stress on top of going to college. You’ll also have to apply for financial aid, which will help you pay for school until you graduate. Financial aid can be confusing, so remember to reach out to your school’s registrar for help when you need it.