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Admission Requirements for Adult Students


Admission requirements for adult students may differ slightly from those requirements for students who attend right after high school:

  • You may not be required to take the ACT or SAT. Instead, some schools may have you take placement tests to help them assess your current knowledge or skills.

  • A letter of recommendation from an employer, supervisor or coworker can be an effective substitute for a counselor's recommendation. If you attended college previously, try to request a recommendation from a professor or advisor who knew you well.

  • If you attended college previously, request that a transcript be sent to the school to which you are applying. If the college or university has since closed, check with your state's higher education agency to determine whom to contact. Many schools charge a nominal fee for each transcript.

  • Find out if you are eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

Different schools have different policies so be sure to check with the admissions office for details.

Although usually not required, you might also want to supplement your application by providing:

  • a copy of your resume
  • a list of your post-high school education, including continuing education, certifications or training received through your job
  • an electronic or online portfolio to highlight your education and/or work accomplishments