Non-Traditional Students


What is a Non-Traditional student? How do I know I fit this category?

A Non-Traditional student is a student who:
  • Is over the age of 25
  • A Veteran
  • Married
  • Has a dependent

Am I returning for the right reasons? What is my motivation?

This is the most important question to ask yourself. Come up with a career plan to see what is needed to get you on to the right path. Is internship experience something that you need to complete you degree? What are your goals, strengths, weaknesses and passions? Is being a part-time or full-time student better for you and your life status? How will you prepare your family and friends for this life change? Let us help you explore your opportunities.

Why should I contact you? How do I benefit?

Non-Traditional students are often faced with many obstacles in school and in their everyday life. We are here to connect you with any possible resources that aid Non-Traditional students at school and home. From locating the writing center on campus to searching for scholarships, we are here to help!

Are there any scholarships available for me?

Being a Non-Traditional student can often feel intimidating especially when applying for scholarships. Scholarships are available for any enrolled student to apply. Take a look at what opportunities are waiting for you!

To search and apply for scholarships visit:

What if I already receive other resources, can I still receive yours?

Absolutely! At St. Cloud State University, on campus organizations collaborate to give you more access to resources so you succeed in you education and life.

Along with connecting you to on campus resources we also help students access to more resources off campus including things like Bridge to Benefits, Tri-Cap, and many more.

I have a family, I need a break, do you have any activities available for Non-Traditional students like me?

We understand that there is more to life than just school. Many times students need breaks and the opportunity to spend some quality time with family. Teaming up with the St. Cloud State University Rec Center, we organize events and outdoor activities for Non-Traditional students and their families. Also, throughout the semester we host free events for Non-Traditional students including ‘Family Night Out’, ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ and more!

For more information go to and search for Non-Traditional student events.

My skills are a little rusty, where can I get help with English & Math?

Certainly, SCSU has resources on campus that can help with English, Math and many other subjects. Take a look at our on campus resources:
  • Academic Learning Center (ALC)
    Located in 236 Centennial Hall, this center provides tutoring services in a variety of subjects. For more information please visit:
  • The Write Place
    Located in Building 51, room 117. Offers free tutoring services for students. For more information please visit:

Okay I’m interested, how do I get started?

Office is located in Atwood 127 ,feel free to stop by anytime. Contact us by email at or call us at 320-308-3292.

Welcome to St. Cloud State University, let us know what you need!