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In 2014, 8.2 million students were 25 or older.

Source: NCES, 2015

What Is a Nontraditional Student?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has identified seven characteristics that are common to nontraditional students. To be considered a nontraditional undergraduate, you:

How many of these characteristics do you have? Believe it or not, 75% of all undergraduate students have a least one of these characteristics and are thus "nontraditional" in one way or another.

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