About Non-Traditional Student Programs

Who, exactly, is a non-traditional student? If only ONE of these characteristics applies to you, then you are considered a non-traditional student by UALR:

  • You delayed enrollment after high school
  • You attend school part time
  • You work full time (25+ hours)
  • You are financially independent
  • You have dependents other than a spouse
  • You are a single parent
  • You have or still are serving in the military
  • You are a first generation student

Your new UALR family of faculty, staff, and fellow students realize that returning to school as a non-traditional student can be an exciting, daunting and stressful experience-all at once!  Families and employers may not always be supportive.  Relating to fellow students can be difficult.  Confidence, as it relates to schoolwork, may be slow in coming, and focusing on academics amongst family, community, work and financial constraints sometimes may seem impossible.  The Non-Traditional Student Programs (NTSP) staff has “been there, done that” and is available to assist you from registration through graduation.

We can:

  • Help you with the admission and registration process
  • Provide information about UALR resources, services & opportunities
  • Offer an ongoing system of support and encouragement
  • Refer you to the appropriate staff or faculty