23 Jun, 2021 01:05 PM

How old is too old to go to university?

I left school a while ago now, and have always wanted to go to uni, but for one reason or another i never did. But i am now looking at going....

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23 Jun, 2021 01:06 PM

You're never too old to go to uni !

I never had the opportunity to go when I was 18 - so last year at the age of 34 I took the plunge, applied for a place, got accepted, gave up my full time job, found myself a part time job, and started my course. Just finished my first year, and I'm loving it.

So go for it girl, apply for a place - even if you get accepted then change your mind before the course starts, you've lost nothing apart from the ucas application fee !

Best bit of advice I would give you though is to make sure you can afford to live while you study - account for everything you pay out now, then add a bit to cover emergencies, and a bit more for the odd luxury, then work out how you're going to afford it. 

Good luck to you :-)

23 Jun, 2021 01:06 PM

It really doesnt matter how old you are to go to university (although I would recommend being over 18!)

Uni is a great experience both in terms of the social aspect and how you develop as a person educationally. Age is not a factor in how much you enjoy it!

I was classed as a "mature" student when I studied for a Masters, and there were a number of people in their 30's and 40's who wanted to further their career through studying.

Ultimatly, you know whether you are ready, and indeed want to go to university, and I wish you all the best!

23 Jun, 2021 01:06 PM

It's never too old to go to university. I don't know how old you are, but I remember to my surprise that I saw a mix of people from different ages in my Uni classes, seriously, people in their 40's or 50's. So as long as you have a will, there's a way!

23 Jun, 2021 01:07 PM

If it's any help, there was an octogenarian in my first university, who graduated with a 2:1 having not study for over half a century. It was about personal achievement to him, and he figured that having never having had time to get a degree during his working life, he'd get one once he had the time in retirement. His attendance rate was higher than most of his eighteen year old peers, and he took part in pretty much all aspects of the university life apart from the extreme sports societies!

23 Jun, 2021 01:07 PM

You are actually never to old to go to school. There are some universities that have majority of students that are in their mid 20's and you will fit in.

Of course there is the rule that many colleges have that if you are of age 62(?) that you attend for free. 

I think that thinking about how students go to college straight from high school to college and complete in the 4yrs time is intimidating. But, actually many students are having trouble to complete at that time. 

I have no idea how old you are, but I am 21 and I think it will take me about 2 or 3 more years of college to get my bachelors. I will be 23 or 24 then....that alone makes me feel awkward, but I feel that age should not matter...AT LEAST I AM GETTING AN EDUCATION. 

I am actually looking more towards schools that have students in my age range to attend school. Well, where the 20's age range is the majority (mid to late 20's to be exact),

There are some college search sites that gives an approx. of students in a certain age range. 

www.collegeboard.com (the college matchmaker) in its school profiles it tells a figure of each type of student is there.

There are many other sites, but my mind is blank....GOOD LUCK!!!!