Credit Programs for Adult Learners

Credit Programs for Adult Learners

Penn State's definition of an adult learner is a person who:

  • is 24 years of age or older; or
  • is a veteran of the armed services; or an active duty service member; or
  • is returning to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity; or
  • assumes multiple adult roles such as parent, spouse/partner, and employee.

We realize that adult students typically have different needs than the traditional 18-23-year-old student. We are eager to offer support to meet those needs and help adult students gain a sense of belonging to the college.

Admissions office hours are available one evening per week to accommodate prospective students. Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are always welcome; please call 610-396-6060 to make your appointment or visit the admissions page.   


Penn State Berks offers 20 baccalaureate degrees and 4 associate degree programs. To explore the different options visit our Academics Page

Academics with Accelerated, Evening/Weekend Options

Penn State Berks offers adult learners accelerated evening and weekend baccalaureate degrees, plus associate degree programs and credit certificates. To learn more about these convenient options visit our Evening Study Page.


If you are undecided on a program of study, Penn State Berks has a number of enrollment options to consider. To request more information, fill out our Information Request Form.

Scholarships available for students 24 and older

Scholarships are available for students 24 and older who are planning to enroll at Penn State Berks. 

Learn more about the program and view the application ».

View 24+ Scholarship Booklet »