Path to college degree can be long, winding

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Marie Grace Harper, front right, enjoys a moment of levity during Darton College’s fall commencement ceremonies at Cavalier Arena Thursday night.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - There's no such thing as a typical college student these days. Nearly a third of undergraduate college students are 25 or older. About 70 percent have at least one characteristic that makes them ``non-traditional'' to government statisticians, such as part-time enrollment, caring for dependents, or working full-time while enrolled.

A major study released last week confirms that while many students take a non-traditional route through college, those who bounce around from school to school have a harder time actually finishing a degree than those who go the traditional route straight out of high school.

Those who do best often have a strong drive - and a strong support system.

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