Abound, an online college guidance system for degree-seeking adults, has named SUNY Old Westbury to its exclusive list of the nation’s Best Colleges for Adults in 2023. Old Westbury was listed among 192 colleges, including 17 from New York State, excelling at meeting the needs of mature learners, some of whom are returning to the classroom after many years.
“As the most diverse campus in our region and in SUNY, we are committed to helping people of all ages and backgrounds gain the power that education provides,” said President Timothy E. Sams. “We are proud to be recognized for offering compelling opportunities for adult learners to advance themselves, whether completing a degree they started earlier in life, starting a new program now, or participating in our focused microcredential offerings.”
The Abound methodology measures such factors as accessibility for attending courses on evenings and weekends and online, childcare opportunities for students, affordability, acceleration toward a degree and persistence towards graduation, and advancement, measured through the institution’s commitment to the long-term success of its students. SUNY Old Westbury graded high in the above categories, making it one of only two SUNY institutions to make the list.
According to Abound, an increasing number of adults are making the decision to enroll or reenroll in college to earn their degree. In fact, approximately 33% of college students in the U.S. are over 25 years old. Many attend institutions part-time, on evenings and weekends, and take advantage of expansive online course offerings that allow more flexibility for those employed full-time.
For the full report of 2023 Best Colleges for Adults visit the Abound website.