Most people view the average college student as someone between 18 to 22 years old. Increasingly, this view does not fit the reality at both public and private universities. The National Center for Education Studies reported that the number of students under 25 years old at private nonprofit universities to be 69%. This means that 31% are over 25. These percentages are similar to the demographics of the Salem Campus.

In a March 2014 report, Hanover Research presented the following findings: “In the United States, the number of adult learners returning to higher education, particularly for continuing education, has been rapidly increasing. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, ‘in recent years, the percentage increase in the number of students age 25 and over has been larger than the percentage increase in the number of younger students, and this pattern is expected to continue.’ By 2020, the percentage of enrollments for students 25 and older is projected to increase by 20 percent over 2010 levels.”

We share this information with you as a way of reminding you that the Salem campus exists to serve both TRADITIONAL (under 25 years old) and NONTRADITIONAL (over 25 years old) students. In fact, because of schedule and flexibility, Salem is ideally suited for adult learners and the person who desires to return to school to complete a degree OR who needs additional education to advance their career.

Student Focus | Khalil Burton

Recently Khalil had the following to say about his experience as a student at NU Salem:

  • “Our community is close and highly relational. There is a tremendous sense of trust, companionship, and camaraderie between all age groups on campus.”
  • “I truly and genuinely care about the other students on campus and am excited for their futures and the positive events that take place in their lives.”
  • “The things we learn in class challenge my preunderstandings and past beliefs in a positive way. God is no longer an intangible being that none of us can grasp or understand but a more relational and loving Person that I can get to know.”