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Top 5 Reasons to Go Back To School

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If you’ve been back and forth on the pros and cons of going back to school, here are the top 5 reasons why you should.

The word ‘school’ may bring several different images to mind. Crayons. Notepads. Peanut butter and banana sack lunches. But what comes to mind when you hear the word ‘college?’

If you picture people who are 26 or older, already juggling families and/or careers, you are not alone. Education Department data suggests that the majority of students on college campuses are non-traditional students.

If you’ve been back and forth on the pros and cons of going back to school, let us give you the top 5 reasons why you should:

1. Better Income Potential

You’ve probably heard the statistics before – college graduates make more than high school graduates. Well, those stats are true. The U.S. Census Bureau has data that shows a college graduate earns over roughly $1 million more than a high school diploma holder. Even those that earn an associate’s degree make about $180,000 more over the course of a lifetime. The more education you have is equivalent to a higher earning level in your income. If money is also a concern for going back to school, don’t let it be! There are several scholarships and grants available to those who are non-traditional students – ask the knowledgeable UALR Financial Aid office for their assistance as well.


The more education you have is equivalent to a higher earning level in your income.

2. Further Your Career

Maybe you’ve already earned a bachelor’s, but in order to receive a job promotion, you need extra training or to attend a graduate program. UALR has six colleges with several graduate degrees in the College of Business, College of Science, College of Education, Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, College of Professional Studies, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students can also enroll at the UALR law school.


Crissy Monterrey, a 2006 honors graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

3. UALR Support System

Worried about making it through a class or program? Here at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, you are in good company. Over half of our enrolled students are non-traditional students and we are here to help make the transition through school easier. Check out our Peer Mentoring program where we pair a non-traditional students with other non-traditional students or check out some of our non-traditional student programs.

4. Switching Job Fields

The average person changes careers about 3 times in their lifetime. Some of this is due to social media, where you have the possibility to be recruited by anyone from anywhere. The Internet also makes it possible for you to broaden your horizons at anytime, and you are constantly exposed to different viewpoints, subjects, and opinions. UALR uses digital to help improve time management for their students – there are several online class options available, as well as nighttime classes for the working student. Taking an online or evening class may allow you to grow your skills and switch job fields, and in turn, increase your income.

Max Hatfield

Max Hatfield was a teacher in Jacksonville when he decided to return to school himself, choosing the master’s program in education at UALR, primarily because it fit his busy schedule.

5. Yearn to Learn

Many professors at UALR are hired because they are experts in their field. Hearing the knowledge and experience they have to teach is like no other, especially if you have a thirst for learning. Perhaps you just want to study a new language, or learn more about technology innovation. Let us help you expand your mind!

Do you have any other concerns or questions about going back to school? Ask on our UALR Facebook page or tweet at us – we’d love to help! You can also post a comment below.

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