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Adult Learners Find LIU Post a Perfect Fit


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Nearly half of new and returning college students on American college campuses are over age 25

- The Association for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education

In 1975, Nancy Ponte earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and dreamed of working in the nutrition field.

But she never got the chance. Instead, she married, worked in retail customer service and raised a family.

There was a lot of satisfaction in that -- but with her daughter grown, it was time for a change. At the age of 55 she enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program at LIU Post.

That was four years ago. "It wasn't easy at first," she admits, "but after a semester or two, I got the hang of it."

This year the Bayville resident graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into the university's highly competitive Dietetics Internship program.

Adult learners over the age of 25 comprise one of the fastest growing populations of students attending college today, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Whether their goal is to earn a higher salary, advance in the workplace or fulfill a personal goal, non-traditional students starting or returning to college will find the support they need in LIU Post's Degree Completion Program for Adult Learners.  

The Degree Completion program offers flexibility, affordability, convenience and undergraduate majors that are in demand by employers. The university offers five bachelor's degree programs that can be completed entirely during the evening: business administration, health care administration, accountancy, psychology and criminal justice.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a person with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn an average of $2.1 million during their working life, while a person with only a high school diploma can expect to earn $1.2 million.

"It's never too late to earn a college degree and fulfill your career goals," said Dr. Lisa Braverman, LIU Post's new Associate Provost for Adult Programs and Outreach. "Those with a bachelor's degree tend to get hired more quickly, retain employment and advance more successfully in the workplace."

LIU Post enrolls more than 500 students over the age of 25 who are pursuing undergraduate degrees. "As I entered my mid-twenties, I began to feel self-conscious and wonder whether it was too late to attend college," said Tracey Sanders, a sociology major at LIU Post and an adult student. "But the staff and faculty at LIU Post helped me understand that, with the right setting and the right mindset, you can achieve truly anything you want."

The university will hold an open house for adult learners and veterans on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. in LIU Post's Winnick House, 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville. To RSVP visit or call 516-299-2040. For information about the Degree Completion Program for Adult Learners, visit

Posted 07/12/2012

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