Who Are Nontraditional Students at SUNY Oswego?

Nontraditional students at SUNY Oswego fall into several categories. 

We serve:

  • Part-time students
  • Online students
  • Students who return to school after a prolonged absence
  • Students who delayed enrollment into postsecondary education
  • Veteran & military students
  • Working parents and more

Nontraditional students frequently have different needs than traditional students.  Perhaps you are a veteran transitioning to academic life or maybe you are a working parent with a busy schedule, SUNY Oswego offers services & programs designed for you.  The below services and programs are just a few of the ways SUNY Oswego works to ensure students at any stage of life can pursue higher education.  If you need more information or would like to speak to a nontraditional student academic advisor contact the Division of Extended Learning.


Convenience is a factor for many nontraditional students. SUNY Oswego offers several online degree programs and completion degree programs at our Syracuse Campus.   These programs are designed to help meet the need of balancing work, family, and other obligations. 

Online Degree Programs Syracuse Campus

Services and Support

Academic Planning Coordination

Academic Planning Coordinators in the Division of Extended Learning at SUNY Oswego work with nontraditional students enrolled in our online completion degrees and also students at our Syracuse Campus.  Our coordinators help to chart the most time-efficient path to degree completion possible.  They will help you navigate this path based on when you are accepted, how many credits you are transferring, and your intended major.  Nontraditional students who are enrolled full time at at our main campus work with academic department advisors.  

Learn More About Academic Planning

Prior Learning Assessment

Some nontraditional students have acquired skills and knowledge through prior learning experiences that may be equivalent to college-level credit.  Prior learning assessment (PLA) is available at SUNY Oswego in certain instances.  

Learn More about PLA

Veteran & Military Services

SUNY Oswego is dedicated to providing outstanding guidance, advice, advocacy and outreach services that reflect the unique needs of our veteran and military student population, along with their spouses and dependents.  We invite you to learn more.

Learn More About Veteran Services
Bertina St. John SUNY Oswego Non-traditional student

"Overall, it's been amazing. When (younger students) find out I'm a veteran and that I have experience and knowledge, they find out they can access that just by talking to me. It's wonderful that someone in their early 20s actually wants to listen to what I have to say."


Division of Extended Learning
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