Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners

The Adult Learner Program at Lenoir-Rhyne University is designed to serve the needs of area adult and/or non-traditional students who may want to progress toward their undergraduate degree at a pace that allows them to balance non-school related commitments along with pursuing their degree. Adult Learners at Lenoir-Rhyne are students who typically need evening or online courses, although they may select classes at any time during the day.  There are four degree programs designed for and open only to Adult Learners (see below), though Adult Learners can pursue most any degree program at LR.

To be considered for the Adult Learner designation, candidates must be at least six years removed from high school graduation and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • At least two years of full-time professional employment in which one does not attend college
  • At least two years of living independently
  • At least two years of full-time military service
  • Have a family and children of one’s own

Students applying as an Adult Learner must submit the following:

  1. A completed, accurate application for undergraduate admission and a non-refundable $35 application fee
  2. An official high school transcript and official SAT or ACT scores if less than 24 semester hours have been attempted at another college or university
  3. Official transcripts from the high school and\or each college or university attended 
  4. Proof of eligibility to be considered an Adult Learner
  5. Additional application requirements as needed for admission

Students who begin at Lenoir-Rhyne classified as traditional students and continue uninterrupted may not change their classification to Adult Learner. Adult Learners are charged tuition at a discounted rate provided they remain registered for 12 or less credit hours.  If the student enrolls in more than 12 credit hours, standard tuition charges will apply. Tuition rates may be found here.

Four Programs Designed Especially for Adult Learners

The student who can take day, evening, and online courses may choose any of the majors that are offered by the University. However, below are the four Adult Programs designed especially for the Adult Learner.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Gateway Nursing: RN to BSN

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies 

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