An adult or nontraditional student is not defined only by age (usually over 24), they
are also students with life circumstances different from the typical traditional student.
These circumstances include, but are not limited to students who are:
married, divorced, or single
caring for elderly parents
returning to college after a period of time in the work force or working in their
entering college for the first time, not right after high school graduation
full-time, part-time or seasonal employees
What makes adult and nontraditional students unique from other students and similar
to each other is the multiple roles they assume in order to attend college.
A transfer student is someone with prior academic credits from another college or
university. This usually means that the student has some experience of college life,
but that may be very different from APSU life! This brings challenges not faced by
other continuing or returning students which we can help with.
Most scholarships at APSU are open to all students- transfer and nontraditional included. Nontraditional and transfer students
are encouraged to apply for any and all scholarships. The types of scholarships that
arenotavailable are those that are typically bestowed on new students based on their high
school performance. See our newly admitted checklist for scholarship and financial aid information.
We have also compiled a list of scholarships for Nontraditional and Transfer students
here. These include external scholarships that our students have received.
Yes, all students pay the same activity fee and are encouraged to participate in campus events
and organizations. Likewise, events sponsored by the ANTS Center are also open to
ANTS stands for Adult, Nontraditional, and Transfer Students. ANTS are notoriously strong creatures with the ability to adapt and overcome.
We like to think that our nontraditional and transfer students do the same as they
transition to student life at APSU.
The Austin Peay State University Child Learning Centerserves children of APSU students, staff, and faculty as well as children in the community.
The Child Learning Center is located in the Sexton building on Eighth Street and serves
children from 2 1/2 to 5 years of age. Parents are encouraged to visit the center
prior to making a decision to enroll their child.
Another great resource for finding childcare in the state of Tennessee is the Department of Human Services Website. Here you are able to search childcare centers and see their evaluations, hours,
and contact information. There is also information on childcare payment assistance while in school.
The ANTS Center aims to make all of its programs and events child-friendly. We also
have a program specifically designed for children. ANTS Camp is a program offered
monthly that offers fun, engaging activities for children. While your children are
playing, you are able to study and get ahead on your schoolwork. Students with children
are encouraged to sign up ahead of time by emailing the center or filling out a form
found on the event in PeayLink.
That's not uncommon! Stop by the ANTS Center when we are open to meet other Adult
Learners who are regulars to the center. We also have Adult Café! This is a group
of students over the age of 24 that meet over lunch and discuss how to be involved
and successful as an adult-learner. Group meetings are ran by a senior student who
is also an adult-learner at APSU. Lunch is provided to group members. Check out the
upcoming dates for Adult Café on PeayLink or under our Events tab!