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Welcome Adult Learners!

Penn State DuBois Office for Adult Student and Veteran Services was established in 2011 and is located in 206B in the DEF Building, providing a range of services for adults considering first-time college enrollment or return to the college classroom after "stopping out" for a period of time.

The OASV Resource Center is located in the DEF Building, Room 208, open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Adult students and veterans can meet, congregate, seek academic support services, and do homework. Computers, printers, lounge chairs, desks and a meeting area are available for your use.

Sueann Doran, Adult Student and Veteran Services Coordinator Sueann Doran from Continuing Education

814-375-4716 or sdoran@psu.edu

At Penn State DuBois, an adult learner (or non-traditional student) is defined as one whom:

  • Is 24 years of age or older
  • Graduated from high school five or more years ago
  • Is a Veteran of the armed services, or active duty service member returning to school after four or more years of military service
  • Holds adult responsibilities such as caring for one's children or aging parents
  • Holds multiple roles such as spouse/partner, employee, parent and student




Watch more videos for non-traditional students, "The Penn State Advantage" and "The People"

Veteran Programs

Non-credit Professional Development Courses

RN to BS Program

Health Science Professions Certificate e-Book

All degrees and minors offered by Penn State DuBois: Degrees and Minors

All credit certificates offered by Penn State DuBois: Credit Certificates

About returning to the classroom ... Adult students often enter the college environment anxious and uncertain about their ability to succeed and compete successfully with more traditional students. Current research tells us 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 most education possible for the money. Penn State provides a variety of services and activities to help adult students be successful in their college experience.

You can:

  • Get professional guidance and support all along the way.
  • Select from professional development, credit certificates, and degree programs.
  • Take advantage of a variety of scheduling and location options:
    --enroll part- for full-time while participating in day and/or evening classes
    --study at home through courses via the Internet
    --take courses in DuBois or St. Mary's, PA
  • Interact with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Accumulate college credits that are transferable to other learning institutions.
  • Earn a certificate or degree that is respected worldwide.