Perhaps you have a family, a job, a life, and now you are going back to school. As an adult learner, pursuing higher education can be an exciting experience—and a little challenging. Whatever time of your life you have chosen to go back to school, we are glad to have you at Dalton State College. We want to help make your return to education a successful and rewarding experience. You will find many other “adult learners” here. From those just a few years out of high school to grandparents finally getting that degree; from those looking for a new career after a job loss to those who just want something different—they are all here. And we welcome you to the next chapter of your life: the reinvention of YOU.

Get started on your journey by exploring the resources you can find here. Learn about the academic programs available at Dalton State College, how to be admitted, financial aid, prior learning assessments, and other resources for adult learners.

What IS an Adult Learner?

Adult Learner is our term for people attending college past the traditional college-age years. Anyone over the age of 25 is technically an adult learner. Additionally, the term refers to people who are in college while also experiencing other responsibilities and time commitments of life such as raising children, working full-time, caring for aging parents and more. The Dalton State College student population has many adult learners whose presence contributes much to our rich and diverse student body, and we value them greatly. We also recognize the special needs of adult learners and strive to provide a supportive and effective educational experience.



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Dr. Patricia Chute
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Westcott Administration Building, Room 166
Phone: 706-272-2491
Fax: 706-272-2670