Myths About Returning To College

  • College is only for extremely intelligent people: College students are of normal, average intelligence.
     
  • College is only for particularly creative people: College is a place to learn, not invent.
     
  • College is only for the young: College is a place full of diversity and includes all ages. The average college student is 27 years old.
     
  • College is only for those with a lot of free time: Colleges offer many opportunities for night classes, part-time enrollment, and weekend classes. Some schools also offer distance learning and on-line classes.
     
  • College is only for the rich: Colleges offer many ways to finance an education including loans, scholarships, and grants.
     
  • College programs will take too long to complete: Four year schools offer summer classes which will help speed the process. Associate degrees only take 2 years.
     
  • College is only for those who pass college entrance exams: Colleges often require that you take the exams; however, they may not require a certain score. Many schools do not require entrance exam scores after a certain age. Make sure to check with your school.
     
  • College is only for the people who know what they want to do: Colleges generally have two years worth of general requirements which will keep you busy until a decision is made. Many students change majors numerous times. Career counseling services are usually available on campus.
     
  • College professors tend to get agitated with older, non-traditional students: College professors are there to teach and help you succeed. They are on your side no matter what age you are. When you show an interest in learning, they become more inspired to teach.
     
  • College is only for those without children: College bound parents balance school and family every day. Some colleges even offer day-care services on campus.
     
  • College graduates don't really earn more than non-college graduates: Average college graduate earn about twice as much as average high school graduates.