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Getting Involved

One of the strongest influences on college retention is involvement. When school is just a job, sometimes it is a little easier to quit. After all it doesn't pay you and the rewards can seem a long way off. 

That's why universities like Austin Peay set up so many opportunities for students to get involved. From student organizations to extra-curricular lectures and recreational field trips, the connections you make while tending to this part of your university experience may last a lifetime and provide you with inspiration right when you need it most. 


The biggest high impact experience for students is student organization involvement. There are two organizations at APSU specifically catering to nontraditional students but nontraditional students should also consider joining other organizations. Click on the above link to find that societies, clubs and organizations relevant to your college life. 

The Non-Traditional Student Society

This student organization, founded in the Fall of 2011, existed on campus before the ANTS Center! Their advocacy and concern for nontraditional student success was pivotal in getting the ANTS Center opened. Join them to express your concerns, meet others like yourself, and advocate for future nontraditionals at APSU.

  • The Governor's Ball is the only formal event at APSU open to the entire student body. This annual event is sponsored by the NTSS!

Alpha Theta Psi

  • This chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society of nontradtional students, is open to adult learners who are in the top 20% of their class. If you are an upperclassman (anything above a freshman) and you maintain a GPA of 3.2 or better you are eligible to join this organization for great scholarship, networking and resume building opportunities.  


Attending events is a great way to be involved with very little stress. Just showing up and enjoying yourself can lead to support networks, not to mention free food! The Child Learning Center offers inexpensive babysitting for school age children so that you can make the most out of APSU events. Check our programs page for specific events for ANTS which are family friendly!