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Be determined

Adult Students

Be confident.

People choose to begin a college education at all different stages of life. Some adult students are seeking to advance in their current career, while others may be looking for a new career. Students of all ages find that Berkeley College is a perfect fit for their educational and career goals. In fact, 60 percent of Berkeley students are over age 22.

Be focused.

Many adult students are drawn to Berkeley’s proven track record of career preparation. Our programs are designed to give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in the real world. You’ll learn in small classes, where you’ll get personal attention from supportive professors who’ve been chosen for both academic excellence and professional experience in the subjects they teach. They share their firsthand knowledge to prepare you for your career.

Be flexible.

Berkeley makes it easy to balance an excellent education with your family, work, and other commitments. You can study full- or part-time, days or evenings/weekends, and on-site (at our seven NY and NJ campuses) or online. Housing is available at our White Plains, NY campus. Many students combine on-site and online classes. You can read more about our Flexible Program Options.

Be inspired.

Choosing a college is an important decision. Be sure to consider your long-term goals when evaluating whether or not a school is right for you. At Berkeley, our programs are designed to give you the skills you’ll need to succeed in the real world. You’ll learn in small classes, where you’ll get personal attention from supportive professors who’ve been chosen for both academic excellence and professional experience in the subjects they teach. They share their firsthand knowledge to prepare you for your career. 

Be ready.

Every course of study includes an internship, practicum, or job-related assignment where you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in a professional setting. This can give you valuable experience that can be a tremendous advantage when beginning a career. You’ll also work closely with your Advisor and with Career Services throughout your time at Berkeley.

Credit for prior learning.

Berkeley realizes that learning does not only take place in the traditional classroom. Adult learners often bring many years of learning through diverse experiences in life and in the workplace. Some of these experiences may be counted towards college-level work through prior learning credits.

Prior Learning is defined as documented college-level learning acquired through previous study or through non-classroom experiences such as:

  • Travel
  • Volunteer work
  • Independent acquisition of knowledge
  • Participation in formal courses sponsored by associations, business, government, industry, the military, and unions
  • Participation in certification programs and professional development courses

Only documented, college-level learning will be awarded college credit. Credit is granted for learning from experience, not for the experience alone. Students must complete the last 25 percent of the credits required for their degree in residence at Berkeley College.

Detailed information is available.

For further information about Prior Learning at Berkeley College, call 800-446-5400 ext. CPL or contact the Office of Prior Learning Assessment at PriorLearning@BerkeleyCollege.edu

Ready to apply?

Berkeley College has established an Adult Admissions Department, which provides an environment that is sensitive to the needs of adult students.

Adults who are first-time college students must submit the following information to be considered for admission:

Berkeley By The Numbers

47+

Million
in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2018-2019 award year

7000+

Students
including more than 350 international students representing over 50 countries (not included in these figures are over 150 international students, representing 5 countries, attending as part of a J1 visitor exchange program)

3200+

Students
enrolled in at least one online class in fall 2018

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