Non-Traditional Students


The road to a college degree isn’t always a straight line from start to graduation. As a student who may not feel like the “traditional” undergraduate student, you may be looking for more than a traditional undergraduate experience. Whether you are coming to UNLV to help you advance in your career, to become a role model for your friends/family, or if you’re finally ready to achieve your dream of earning your college degree, you will be joining a diverse body of students who are all fulfilling goals similar to yours.

UNLV is dedicated to providing guidance, support, and resources to enhance the educational experience from orientation to graduation, and that is especially true for students who may identify as non-traditional. UNLV strives to foster an environment of scholarship and service, where students feel that they belong to a community, no matter the path that led you to becoming a Rebel.

You may classify yourself as a non-traditional student if you identify as any of the following:

  • You are 24 years of age or older;
  • You have dependent children or loved ones;
  • You have had an interruption or delay in your education since high school or a previous college;
  • You work while attending school;
  • You serve or have served in the military (you may also like to work with the Military and Veteran Services Center at UNLV);
  • You do not feel you fit in with the traditional undergraduate student body.

Whatever path you’ve followed, and however many stops along the way you have had to make, UNLV is here to welcome you to Rebel Nation.



As a student at UNLV, you have access to a variety of resources. Those highlighted below may be of particular interest to non-traditional students. Every admitted student is encouraged to meet regularly with your academic advisor, your main liaison at UNLV who can help identify resources that are most relevant to you!

As a non-traditional student, you may be interested in earning credits online, participating in UNLV classes at Nellis AFB, or fullfilling some requirements with non-traditional credit, such as CLEP, DANTES, or military credit. You may also wish to “reverse transfer” credits back to your 2-year institution to complete a credential, even after you’ve enrolled at UNLV! Your academic advisor can assist you with any of these options.

Rebel Ready Guide

The Rebel Ready Guide, available here in PDF or as a hard copy booklet at your advising center, is a quick and easy go-to for information and resource referral.

Division of Educational Outreach

UNLV’s Division of Educational Outreach offers opportunities for continuing education, testing services, and scholarships, among other services.


Veteran? Get connected with other veterans and get help setting up any military benefits you may be using through UNLV’s Military and Veteran Services Center.

Prospective Students

Prospective student? Get started at UNLV through the Office of Admissions.

Adult Learner Advisory Board

The Adult Learner Advisory Board collaborates with entities across campus on behalf of non-traditional students to help them achieve personal and academic success. Learn more about the board and its members.