Adult Student Admission

Adult Student Admission


We're pleased that you are considering Penn State as a college choice. We welcome the experience-based knowledge and enthusiasm for learning that adult students bring to their education. No matter what your academic, professional, or personal goals, chances are you will find a program at Penn State that is right for you.

Are you an Adult Student?

An adult student is someone who:

is a veteran of the armed services; OR
or is an active duty service member; OR
is returning to school after 4 or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; OR
is 24 years of age or older; OR
assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee, and student.

Why Penn State Wilkes-Barre?

At Penn State Wilkes-Barre, the classes are small, the faculty is accessible and friendly, and the resources of a Big Ten university await you! There's no need for long-distance travel or relocation with convenient class schedules, affordable tuition, scholarships, financial aid, career counseling, outstanding faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities all combine to make your education the best it can be.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers eight bachelor's and four associate degree programs which can be completed at this campus. For more information on our academic programs, see Degrees and Majors.

You can do it!

Adult learners often enter the college environment anxious and uncertain about their ability to succeed and compete successfully with more traditional students. Never fear! Current research shows that adult students are typically more successful than younger students because of their maturity and the experience that they bring to the classroom. Adults are likely to exhibit high levels of motivation, more specific occupational goals, and an uncompromising desire to get the best education possible for their money. Penn State provides a variety of services and activities to help all students succeed in their college experience.