Who are "Non-Trads"? Non-traditional undergraduate students are a very unique group of students who are sometimes referred to as "adult learners." Non-traditional undergraduate students may be those who entered college a year or more after high school graduation, are working to support themselves or their families, have dependents in their care, are married or divorced, are serving in the armed forces, or are veterans. Decisions can be more complex. Non-traditional students tend to have more life experiences.
Here at SUNY Cortland, we consider non-traditional undergraduate students as:
- at least 24 years or older OR
- those students who, regardless of age, have dependent children OR
- have had an interruption or delay in their education since high school OR
- any student who does not feel they fit in with the traditional undergraduate student body
Some of our non-trads commute from as far away as Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Ithaca, Newark Valley and Utica.
So whether you are returning, transferring, or starting over, we're sure you'll find your experience here challenging and rewarding.
We are here to help you transition into SUNY Cortland and to support your stay while you are here by providing information through workshops, social events, and newsletters and to support you by being your advocate. This is YOUR community, we welcome you!
For your information, there are about 400 undergraduate non-traditional students here on campus! So please remember...you are not alone!
Join us on Facebook!
SUNY Cortland Non-Traditional Students Facebook page. Learn about upcoming events just for our non-traditional students. Start a discussion! Best of all, you can connect with other SUNY Cortland Non-Traditional Students!
"SUNY Cortland non-traditional students bring a unique dimension of understanding to the classroom that greatly enriches the teaching/learning process for everyone."
- SUNY Cortland President Bitterbaum