Defining a Commuter or Non-traditional Student

Non-traditional Students

nontraditional student in classAn adult or non-traditional student is not necessarily defined by age (usually over 24); they are also students who may have life circumstances different from the typical traditional student. These circumstances include, but are not limited to students who are:

  • parents
  • married, divorced or once married, now single
  • caring for elderly parents
  • veterans
  • returning to college after a period of time in the work force or working in their home
  • entering college for the first time, not right after high school graduation
  • full-time, part-time or seasonal employees
  • distance learners
What makes adult students unique from other students and similar to each other is the multiple roles they assume in order to attend college.

Commuter Students

  • campusDo you live in a nearby town (Gwinn, Harvey, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Skandia, etc.)?
  • Do you live off campus?
  • Do you come to campus for classes at least once per week?
  • Do you live near campus in an apartment?
  • Do you live in a house with your family?
  • Do you own your own home?
  • Do you ride the bus to get to campus?
If you answered with at least one “yes” to the above questions, you are a commuter student.