What is a non-traditional student?

"Non-Traditional student" shall be defined as a student who:

  • commutes 10 or more miles to campus (from home OR work),
  • or is a parent of dependent children, or is married,
  • or is a veteran, or student who has had their academic career interrupted for a period of at least six months by compulsory military service,
  • or is three or more years older than classmates (e.g., a 21+ year-old freshman, a 24+ year-old senior), or is a 25 years or older undergraduate student.

A highly diverse group of students are identified as "nontraditional" at KU, not as a label, but to provide a way for the University to recognize and provide additional outreach assistance to students who may, for a variety of reasons, experience more than the average difficulty in accessing information to meet their needs at KU.

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