Are You a Nontraditional Student at U-M? Sign Up for a CEW Focus Group

Do you consider yourself to be a nontraditional student at the University of Michigan?
What experiences or social identities make you “nontraditional?”
We would love for you to tell us about it!

Please join us for a focus group about your identity(ies) and how the campus climate and culture impact your life differently from students with a more “traditional” educational experience.

Food will be served, and a $15 gift card will be offered.


Your participation will be confidential. Findings will help the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) improve its support services for underserved and nontraditional students.

Monday, April 13th, 6 p.m. – Pierpont Commons (North Campus) – Center Room
Thursday, April 16th, 4 p.m. – Michigan Union (Central Campus) – Crofoot Room
Friday, April 17th, 12 p.m. – Pierpont Commons (North Campus) – Center Room
Tuesday, April 21st, 6 p.m. – Michigan League (Central Campus) – Room 4
Wednesday, April 22nd, 1 p.m. – Palmer Commons (Central Campus) – Plaza Room
Tuesday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m. – Parker Room, Michigan Union
Monday, May 4th, 5:00 p.m. – Room 2, Michigan League


Black Student Union (BSU)
Blavin Scholars Program
Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Rackham Graduate Student Success Office
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
Spectrum Center
Veterans and Military Services Program
Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs

Here’s a little bit more about our study…

Historically, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has defined “nontraditional students” as older scholars who do not receive bachelor’s degrees prior to the age of 25. That age gap is enough to substantially separate their experiences in school from fellow students of a “traditional” age, by adding new academic and social challenges.

Presently, we know that age is just one of many characteristics that can significantly separate a student’s experiences from those of their peers. These characteristics can impact a student at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. We recognize that being an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority, LGBT, a veteran, a parent or caregiver, a first-generation student, a community-college transfer or a student with physical or emotional health conditions are some of the characteristics that greatly shape student experiences in a nontraditional way. However, we also recognize that there may be other factors that affect the student experience.

Therefore, we want to hear from you: your experiences, your frustrations, what you need to better succeed as a nontraditional student. Please come and share your insight with us!