UA Adult Focus

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Welcome! If you have been out of school for a while, we are committed to making it easy to enroll. Start here.

We are an academic support service for adult learners. An adult learner is any student who satisfies one of the following conditions:

  • 25 years old or older
  • Assumes multiple life roles such as a parent, spouse/partner, employee, caregiver and student
  • Returns to school after four or more years of employment, homemaking, or other activity. Checklist.
  • Veteran of the armed services

Any student, regardless of age, whose primary life roles and responsibilities exist independent of the University and take precedence over the role of student in times of crisis or stress is considered to be an adult student.

We offer...

  • Preadmission advising for new adult and veteran students
  • Primary resource and contact for returning students
  • Adult-oriented services and programs
  • Focus on Success one-credit study skills class
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Prompt and accurate information, in-person and via electronic media
  • A friendly staff and convenient office hours
  • A computer lab and quiet study lounge

News for adult students

Enrichment classes to help with math, writing and reading

We're planning a series of small-group enrichment programs to help you strengthen your math and/or your writing and reading skills. Learn more.

Many scholarship opportunities for adult students

Adult students — generally considered those age 25 and older — have several scholarship opportunities available through UA’s Adult Focus office. Learn more.

Scholarship Recipient 

Buckeye State Credit Union, UA’s neighborhood partner for more than 80 years, has established a book scholarship to be awarded to the adult learner who achieves the highest level of improvement in the mathematics portion of the Adult Enrichment Program for each term offered in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Kristy HedrickThe inaugural $350 scholarship has been awarded to Kristy Hedrick, a reentry student returning to UA after a 13-year absence. She eliminated two semesters of developmental coursework in mathematics, testing into Statistics for Everyday Life this fall.

The Adult Enrichment Program is a collaboration of UA Adult Focus and Project Learn of Summit County to assist new, returning, or continuing adult students in improving their math and/or language skills to save them money while earning a degree in less time.

Congratulates all Nontraditional 2016 Summer Graduates!! 

We would like to spotlight a few of our former students:

Commencement 4

Maria Dixon (BS in Social Work) began her college experience through the Adult Focus office as she attended the adult oriented Student Success Seminar (currently called Akron Experience). She used all of the resources available including academic advising, UAAL (UA Adult Learners Student Organization) and was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the adult honorary society. Maria was a multiple year recipient of the Bernard F. Osher Reentry Scholarship and served as an adult mentor through the office of Multicultural Development. Maria is an exuberant, talented, compassionate individual. 

Commencement 3Kristina Winkler (BS in Biology) was a reentry student. She had been away from the college atmosphere for an extensive amount of time. She returned to school through the Adult Focus reentry program including pre-enrollment advising as well as continuing program advising. She is also a recipient of the Osher reentry Scholarship. Kristina is a very determined lady. 

Commencement 5

Tonya Booker (BA in Sociology and an MA in Public Administration) began her college experience with UA's Adult Focus taking the adult oriented Student Success seminar. Tonya used every resource and scholarship opportunity available and also worked as a graduate assistant in Adult Focus running our Adult Enrichment Programs. She sought funding for and operates the Hope Resource Center, a multiple service food pantry in Barberton, Ohio. Tonya completed her assistantship in August and was immediately hired by the American Red Cross.