We realize that adult students typically have different needs than the traditional 18 to 23-year-old student. We are eager to offer support to meet those needs and help adult students gain a sense of belonging to the college.
At Penn State, an adult learner is someone who is:
- 24 years of age or older; or
- a veteran of the armed services; or an active duty service member; or
- returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; or
- assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, and employee.
Kathy Cavanaugh, our adult student engagement coordinator, is available to speak with you about your career and education goals to help you find your path. Please contact Kathy at 610-396-6220 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
Penn State Berks offers more than 20 baccalaureate degrees and 4 associate degree programs. To explore the different options, visit our Academics Page. Admissions office hours are available one evening per week to accommodate prospective students. Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are always welcome; please call 610-396-6060 to make your appointment or visit the Admissions Page.
Academics with Accelerated, Evening/Weekend Options
Penn State Berks offers adult learners accelerated evening and weekend baccalaureate degrees, plus associate degree programs and credit certificates. To learn more about these convenient options visit our Evening Study Page.
If you are undecided on a program of study, Penn State Berks has a number of enrollment options to consider. To request more information, fill out our Information Request Form.
Penn State Berks offers scholarship and award opportunities for our students, but not all students are guaranteed to receive an award. Adult students who have credits transferring to the university may qualify for transfer-specific scholarships only if transfer credits are coming from a Pennsylvania community college. For additional information about transfer-specific scholarships, please contact Bradley Simko, assistant director of transfer admissions, at [email protected]. Learn more about Penn State Berks' scholarships and awards »