Going to college isn’t just for new high-school graduates or 20-somethings. Older adults are returning to college campuses, too, seeking a change in career or fulfilling a desire to better themselves.
In fall 2015, 62 percent of part-time graduate students at private nonprofit institutions were ages 30 and older, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In a survey of adults ages 23 to 55 conducted in November 2017 by Champlain College Online in Burlington, Vermont, with Full Circle Research, 60 percent said they have considered returning to school to finish a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree.
Catholic Digest talked to four women who sought advanced degrees later in life because they desired to delve deeper into Catholic teaching.