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Adult Undergraduate Studies

From the President As an adult, choosing a university to achieve your educational goals requires special considerations – key among them your current responsibilities to work and family as well as the financial investment you are making in your future. I’m proud to tell you that Edinboro stands apart in our ability to understand and respond to your specific needs as an adult student. As you may have heard, great things are happening here at Edinboro University! First and foremost, Edinboro is a great place to learn, with several nationally recognized degree programs and more than 100 fields of study. To support our outstanding faculty and students, Edinboro has invested millions of dollars in state-of-the-art learning centers, educational resources and advanced technology. Perhaps most importantly, as a university community we are committed to your success. I encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about our Office of Adult Students Services and the wide range of educational opportunities and financial options Edinboro has developed specifically for adult students. Welcome to Edinboro University and best wishes on your journey to make great things happen! Dr. Jeremy Brown President


A great time to earn your degree As an adult student, one of your most significant concerns is how to find the time to complete your degree. At Edinboro, we have several ways to help:

Accelerate Your Degree You may be eligible for credit for coursework from another university, knowledge in a particular subject area or experience gained through employment or other activities. Edinboro encourages adult students to apply for these types of credits toward their degree requirements.

Transfer Edinboro University accepts credits in transfer from institutions of higher education which are accredited by regional accrediting bodies. Coursework completed at institutions which are not regionally accredited may be accepted by the University following evaluation by the academic deans in consultation with department chairpersons. Credits which were earned more than 10 years ago generally are accepted, but will be evaluated by the department chairperson and academic dean for their applicability toward meeting current degree requirements. For more information on transfer credits, go to, keyword “transfer.�



Life Experience Credits

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) is a series of examinations in college subjects that allow you to earn college credits for what you already know, regardless of how the knowledge was acquired – be it advanced course work, independent study, work experience, professional development or extracurricular activities. Edinboro University awards undergraduate credit for successful scores on CLEP exams which are approximately 90 minutes long and are administered on a computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam.

You may earn life experience credits by developing portfolios that document your learning and experience from employment or other activities as they relate to specific courses. The learning experiences must be equivalent to what would otherwise be achieved through coursework at Edinboro.

Competency Exams If you feel that you already have the knowledge and skills to meet the objectives or outcomes of a particular course, you may be able to earn undergraduate credit by completing a course competency examination. Administered through the academic departments, the exams are another option for earning credit by testing.

The Office of Adult Student Services administers the life experience process. Students submit an application, the portfolio documenting their experience and applicable fees to the Office of Adult Student Services. Before you apply, discuss your plans with the Adult Student Services Office, your advisor and the chair or faculty in the appropriate academic area. These individuals can help you be successful in your pursuit of credit. To learn more about any of these options for degree acceleration, go to, keyword “prior learning.”

To petition for credit, complete the request form which is available online, in departmental offices and in the Records and Registration office.


Priority Scheduling We understand that you may need to schedule your classes around other major life responsibilities. That is why Edinboro allows adult students to schedule classes one day before students with the same class standing. To take advantage of this program, complete the Priority Scheduling Application and submit it to the Office of Adult Student Services.

Academic Advisors Upon entering Edinboro University, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you to create a plan of study – enabling you to look ahead at the next steps for fulfilling your degree requirements. Your advisor also will help you develop successful strategies for academic success and offer insight relevant to your career plans.


Flexible Learning We do our best to bring the classroom to you. With our locations in Edinboro, Erie and Meadville, as well as evening, weekend and online learning opportunities, it’s easy to fit classes into your busy life. Take just one class at a time or several, depending on what works in your personal schedule. One of Edinboro’s most flexible degree options is our Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies (BAIS). An alternative to the traditional major, BAIS students select and combine courses into concentration areas relevant to their learning and career pursuits. This degree fulfills all traditional university requirements, and is ideal for students who have unique goals or who have earned an associate degree in a specialized field. BAIS alumni are currently working in areas such as human services, education, health services, protective services, graphic design, independent film, sales, and manufacturing. Some alumni have pursued graduate study in a wide range of fields including business, education, counseling and social work, as well as computer and information science, allied health, and real estate. Edinboro also offers associate degree programs that can be earned in their entirety at our Erie or Meadville campuses. To learn more about these opportunities, go to, keywords “Erie” or “Meadville.”


A great value in education Edinboro offers the region’s lowest tuition fees for undergraduate education. Plus, if you take at least six credits (two classes) per semester, you may qualify for financial aid, including grants and loans. Each year, more than $58 million in financial aid is available to Edinboro students through a variety of federal, state and University grants. In addition, Edinboro annually awards more than 500 scholarships, including aid specific to adult students. The University also offers several other options for financial aid.

Financial Aid: Employer Reimbursement If you are working, you may have employer-paid education benefits. Edinboro’s Employer Tuition Reimbursement Agreement allows you to defer payment of your tuition and fees until after grades are available at the end of the semester.

Tuition Payment Plan With this convenient program, you can make installed payments for your school expenses over the course of the semester.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver At Edinboro, adults who are age 62 or older and receive Social Security (or equivalent) retirement benefits are eligible for full remission of tuition.


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) TAA is a federally funded employment program that assists workers whose jobs have been impacted by foreign imports, while WIA provides federal job training funds for adults and dislocated workers. Edinboro offers several certificate programs as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are approved for TAA and WIA funding. For more information on financial aid or scholarships, call the Financial Aid Office at 814-732-5555, toll-free at 1-888-611-2680, or go to, keyword “financial aid.”

Recognition of Success At Edinboro University and across the nation, adult students achieve great academic success. To recognize these students, Edinboro offers: • Honors Program • Scholarships • Deans List • Graduation Honors • Academic Honor Societies

Alpha Sigma Lamda With over 300 chartered chapters, Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for adult students. This national organization is devoted to the advancement of learning and recognition of superior scholarship and leadership in adult learners who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, community and work. Edinboro students who meet eligibility criteria are invited to be members of this prestigious group. For more information about Alpha Sigma Lambda, visit To learn more about the University’s chapter, visit www.edinboro. edu, keyword “adult,” or contact the Office of Adult Student Services at 814-732-2701


Great support for adult students So who does Edinboro consider an adult student? Typically, it is someone age 25 or older who is pursuing an associate or baccalaureate undergraduate degree. In fact, the average age of our adult students is 34. Other factors considered include: • Has legal dependents • Is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces • Is independent for financial aid purposes Regardless of your situation, Edinboro’s Office of Adult Student Services offers a full range of support to help you achieve your goals. Office of Adult Student Services 300 Scotland Road 119 McNerney Hall Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: (814) 732-2701 Fax: (814) 732-2443 Email: Website:, keyword “Adult”


Great resources on campus Wired to the world via the latest technological innovations. • Ranked as one of the most technologically advanced university environments • 37 computer labs – several open all night – and wireless “hotspots” on campus • S.C.O.T.S., the student-centered online transaction system, allows you to conveniently register for classes, add/drop courses, check financial aid and even pay your bill • Baron-Forness Library, with a wireless network, computer labs and interlibrary loan State-of-the-art learning centers as well as contemporary facilities for recreation. • Modern seven-story library with more than 500,000 bound volumes and 1.4 million microform units, plus Kurzweil equipment for the visually impaired • Free tutoring program and writing center • New $5.4 million state-of-the-art music facility • One of the top 10 universities for students with disabilities

How to apply Simply apply online or request an application by writing, e-mailing or calling the Admissions Office. With Edinboro’s rolling admissions process, there are no admissions deadlines and you can apply at anytime. Edinboro University Admissions Office Toll-free: 1-888-846-2676 Fax: 814-732-2420 E-mail:, keyword “apply online”

The State System Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is a part of a family of 14 universities across the Commonwealth known as the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. On July 1, 1983, the state legislature joined together the 13 state-owned colleges by creating the State System of Higher Education. As its founding legislation states, the mission of the State System is to provide high-quality education at an affordable cost. As a system of public institutions, the influence of the universities reaches far beyond the campuses. The 14 universities enroll nearly 106,000 students. Once graduated, students join a network of more than 617,000 alumni worldwide.


Undergraduate Programs SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA -

Anthropology Art History Criminal Justice Communication Studies (Broadcasting, Organizational Communication, PR/Advertising) Drama English/Literature English/Writing Foreign Language German History Humanities Journalism & Mass Communications Broadcast Journalism Print Journalism Public Relations Latin American Studies Music

BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BA - BS - BS - BFA -

Philosophy Political Science Psychology Psychology/Mental Health Psychology/Developmental Social Science Sociology Spanish Specialized Studies (self-designed major) Speech/Hearing Sciences* Women’s Studies: Communication, History, Humanities, Human Development Industrial Trades Leadership Social Work Applied Media Arts: Cinema (Animation, Film/Video) Graphic Design Photography


Studio Arts: Ceramics Drawing Jewelry/Metalry Painting Printmaking Sculpture Weaving/Fibers Wood/Furniture

TWO-YEAR DEGREES: AA - Criminal Justice AA - Human Services/Social Services AA - Liberal Studies (57 fields available)

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION All Grades (K-12) BA - Music Education BS - Health & Physical Education: Teacher Ed. Health Promotion Recreation Admin. Sport Admin. BS in Art Education BS in Ed. - Special Education/Elem. Ed.

BS in Ed. BS in Ed. BS in Ed. BS in Ed. BS in Ed.

Elementary Education BS in Ed. - Elementary BS in Ed. - Elementary/Early Child BS in Ed. - Elementary/Special Ed. Secondary Education BS in Ed. - Biology BS in Ed. - Chemistry BS in Ed. - Earth & Space Science BS in Ed. - English BS in Ed. - General Science


German Mathematics Physics Social Studies Spanish

TWO-YEAR DEGREES: AA - Human Services/Developmental Disabilities (Special Ed.) AS - Pre-School Ed.


Biology Chemistry Earth Sciences Environ. Studies/Geog. Geography (580) Mathematics Mathematics (Actuarial Studies) Natural Science & Math. Natural Science & Math/Wildlife Physics/3-2 Engineering Physics/Liberal Arts Physics/Theoretical Individualized Studies (self-designed major) Biology Biology/Pre-Medical LECOM + Bus. Admin./Accounting


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Bus. Admin./Administration Bus. Admin./Financial Services Bus. Admin./Forensic Acctg. Bus. Admin./Marketing Bus. Admin./Mgt. Info. Systems Chemistry Chemistry/Forensic Sciences Chemistry/Industrial Biochemistry Computer Science/Application Computer Science/Theoretical Economics Envir. Science/Biology Envir. Science/Geology Geology Medical Technology Nuclear Medicine Tech. Nursing (first-time students)

BS - Nursing (for RNs/LPNs only)++ BSN - Innovative Nursing (15 mos.)** Pre-Professional Studies: Pre-Dental Pre-Law Pre-Medical Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Pharmacy LECOM+ Pre-Veterinary TWO-YEAR DEGREES: AET - Manufacturing Engineering Technology AS - Computer Science AS - General Business Admin.

GRADUATE STUDIES School of Liberal Arts MA - Art MA - Clinical Psychology MA - Communication Studies MA - Social Sciences MA - Speech/Language Pathology MFA - Studio Art Ceramics Jewelry/Metalsmithing Painting Printmaking Sculpture MSW - Social Work Graduate Certificate Program Conflict Management School of Science, Management and Technology MS - Biology MS - Information Technology


Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Educator Consortium with Clarion and Slippery Rock Universities

Graduate Certificate Program Information Technology School of Education MA - Counseling Rehabilitation Counseling Community Counseling School Guidance Student Personnel Services MED - Educational Leadership MED - Educational Psychology MED - Elementary Education MED - Middle and Secondary Education MED - Special Education MED - Reading

* Teacher certification available. ** For students already possessing a four-year degree in another area.

Graduate Certification Programs Elementary School Counselor Principal’s Certification K-12 Reading Specialist School Psychology School Supervision Secondary School Counselor PA Letter of Eligibility for Superintendent/ Assistant Superintendent and IU Executive Director Graduate Certificate Programs Behavior Management Character Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification BA - Specialized Studies

+ Coop program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. ++ For students possessing a license as a registered/practical nurse.

Toll-free 1-888-846-2676 • Fax 814-732-2420 E-mail: One of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education

Edinboro University Adult Student View Book  
Edinboro University Adult Student View Book  

A view book for prospective adult students at Edinboro University