Adults returning to college

It is never too late to go to college.

Going back to college and earning a degree is a great way to reenergize and redesign your future. It doesn’t matter if you were enrolled a year ago or 20 years prior, completing a college degree is a major personal milestone that brings many opportunities, including financial security.

Why this may be the right pathway for you

Career advancement and networking

If you are seeking a promotion at work or a new role that requires a specific or advanced degree, Arizona’s public universities offer thousands of degree options taught by experts in their fields. Network with faculty and alumni connected to industry and take your career farther than you ever imagined.

Flexible options to learn online

Whether you need to work full- or part-time, raise a family or juggle responsibilities while working toward your degree, enrolling online is a perfect, flexible solution for busy schedules. Each of Arizona’s public universities offer online options.

Reinvent your future

You may want to pursue a degree that better aligns with what brings you joy, find yourself curious about becoming an entrepreneur or want to forge an entirely new career path. Returning to college is a great option to reinvent your life. It’s never too late to enhance your education and set a new course for your future.

Employer tuition reimbursement programs

Many employers encourage employee education and development through tuition reimbursement programs. Each of Arizona’s public universities have partnerships with corporations that offer this opportunity. Check your employer benefits for details.

I would encourage anybody that is thinking about going back to school or is nervous about transferring to a university from a small college to go for it. You do not know what you can do until you try, and the teachers are there to help you, and the counselors are there to help you, and you will find that it is a highlight of your life.

Shari Burnett

Nontraditional ASU transfer student

First steps to take when returning to college

You may be considering coming back to college to complete a degree you started, earn a new degree or acquire skills that will help advance your career. Check the following to find answers to frequently asked questions about returning to college. 

If I was previously enrolled at one of Arizona’s public universities and want to return, do I need to reapply?

Depending on when you were last a student, you may be able to reapply through a re-entry process.

ASU readmission
NAU readmission
Arizona readmission

Is it worth it for me to pursue a master’s degree?

A master's degree is a great way to increase your employability and meet qualifications for leadership roles. It can also lead to a greater salary over your lifetime compared to earnings of an individual with a bachelor's degree.

ASU graduate degrees
NAU graduate degrees
Arizona graduate degrees

I have never taken online classes; how do I know these are a good fit for me?

Consider your personal learning style, schedule and preferences. Online learning requires you to be self-motivated, organized and able to work on your own versus being in a classroom setting. You'll need to regularly communicate with your instructor to succeed in classes.

ASU Online
NAU Online
Arizona Online

What options do I have to build on my current degree?

You have several options to consider when building on your current degree. If you have an associate degree, you can earn a bachelor's degree. If you have already earned your undergraduate degree, you can go on to earn your master's or doctoral degree. You may also consider earning a certificate that aligns with an interest you have to advance your career. You can also attend workshops or seminars to continue learning.

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