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It’s Never Too Late to Earn Your Bachelor’s—Here’s Why

Explore the adult learner advantages that support success.


Whether you want to earn a bachelor’s degree to expand your opportunities, explore a new occupation, or accomplish a personal goal, it’s not too late. In fact, it may be an advantage to pursue a degree now rather than right after high school. Here’s why.

  1. Adult learners aren’t easily distracted.
    Despite what comedic films might depict, you’re not likely to join a wild fraternity or sorority when you go to college as an adult. You’re probably going to be balancing studying with work and family responsibilities. That means you’ll be laser-focused on taking classes—not going to parties. You won’t be distracted as you accomplish your goals.
  2. Adult learners can take advantage of technology.
    Attending college now means you have options. You don’t have to drive to a campus and take classes at a rigidly scheduled time—you can earn your bachelor’s degree online, from anywhere with an internet connection. Most online degree programs allow students to take classes at whatever time of day is most convenient for them, whether that’s early in the morning, during breaks from work, or in the evening. Just be sure you’re earning a degree from an accredited university to ensure that the institution meets or exceeds quality standards.
  3. Adult learners are motivated.
    If you enroll in college as a teenager, you might not be sure what major to declare. As an adult enrolling in college, you’re more likely to be sure of what you want. You’ve had more time to discover what you’re passionate about and will be more focused on developing professional skills that will propel you toward your goals. And you just may find that you inspire some friends and family members along the way. These factors are highly motivating.

No matter your age, it’s never too late to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some institutions, such as Walden University, even offer an array of student support services that can help bolster your success. In fact, Walden created the Walden Undergraduate AcademyTM specifically to support first-time adult college students. The Walden Undergraduate AcademyTM includes:

  • Peer support. You’ll take the first four quarters of your online bachelor’s degree program with a group of fellow adult learners who are also beginning their undergraduate degrees.
  • Professional skills development. No matter what degree you pursue, whether it’s business administration, early education, or another subject, your initial courses in the Walden Undergraduate AcademyTM will give you a strong academic foundation that your later courses will build upon. Your first eight college courses will help you develop professional skills—such as communication and business writing—that you can use immediately in your career.
  • Online certificates. Just by completing your foundational academic courses, you’ll earn two online certificates right away that you can add to your résumé or LinkedIn profile. After your first four courses, you’ll earn the Foundations of General Education certificate; after your next four courses, you’ll earn the Advanced General Education certificate.
  • Student support. A student support team of specially trained advisors and faculty will be your success advocates, advising you in balancing your schoolwork with other responsibilities. They’re well versed in strategies for adult learners and will help guide you toward your goals.
  • A tuition grant. Walden Undergraduate AcademyTM students receive a grant that applies to each term of their online bachelor’s degree program, which adds up to a $7,100 savings on tuition.1 Plus, you won’t pay any additional costs for books during your eight foundational courses; those fees are already included, so you’ll know your expenses from the start.

With options like the Walden Undergraduate AcademyTM, now just might be the best time to earn an undergraduate degree online and accomplish your goals.

Walden University is an HLC-accredited institution offering online bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of areas. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

1Tuition reductions are applied to students’ accounts for each of the following amounts and terms: $500 for terms 1–10, $1,100 for term 17, and $1,000 for Term 18.

Tuition reductions are not retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course. Students are responsible for other non-tuition costs, including but not limited to university and program and custom-related fees and taxes. Any tuition reduction will end with any change or completion of current program or start date. Subsequent tuition reductions will be based upon what is being offered at that time. Any unused portion due to a break in attendance will be forfeited.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,