Apply for Nontraditional Student Status

Affiliating with University College gives students access to a unit that advocates for adult and nontraditional students. As an undergraduate nontraditional student of Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway, you will benefit from programs and services offered by UC, and designed specifically to complement and enrich your education.

The term "nontraditional" is used to identify students who have personal and professional demands on their lives that make it challenging to meet their academic goals.

At Rutgers-New Brunswick, a nontraditional student is defined as an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree-granting school and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • has been out of HS for 4+ years at the time of first undergraduate registration;
  • has had at least a 2-year interruption in their undergraduate education;
  • is a veteran or active duty military service member;
  • is enrolled in a RUNB off-campus or on-line bachelor’s degree completion program;
  • is pursuing post-baccalaureate studies, primarily in undergraduate courses;
  • is a parent/caregiver and/or
  • must take less than 12 credits due to significant non-academic commitments.*

To take advantage of these resources, affiliate with the University College:

Apply to Affiliate with UC

In order to obtain nontraditional student (NTS) status, applicants for admission to Rutgers-New Brunswick should follow Enrollment Pathway and within University College check  box  to affiliate with UC as a Nontraditional. Students currently enrolled and whose circumstances changed may apply above.

*Significant non-academic commitments may include:  being self-supporting, having to work full-time (34 hours a week or more based on need), having financial dependents.