Four middle-aged college graduates in caps and gowns, smiling, clapping and pumping their fists in celebration at the UMass Amherst commencement.

"I'm not alone; so many of my classmates are in situations similar to mine and we all learn from each other...they're my age & they don't take school for granted." UWW alum

student life

amazing adults who return to college.

UWW students are smart, determined thinkers and learners whose wide range of backgrounds, experience, careers, and personal stories create a rich and vibrant educational environment. Our students range in age from their 20's to their 70's with the average age of 37. About sixty percent are women, forty percent men. Over half of our students are parents and over forty percent are first generation college students. And UWW has one of the largest number of veterans and active duty military of any major at UMass Amherst.

Most of our students work full or part-time. Some work from home caring for their children. Some are unemployed while they return to school. At UWW we serve everyone from CEOs to educators. Career military to full-time mothers. Non-profit employees to construction workers. Managers and administrators to human service workers. Professional athletes to computer programmers. Artists to health care workers. Politicians to clergy. And everyone in-between.  

working together.

Each UWW student has a story of why they didn't finish college. Some couldn't afford it. Others had to work full-time and couldn't fit earning a degree into their lives. Some became parents early or needed to care for dependent family members. Others took career paths that did not require a degree. Some partied too hard the first time around. Others didn't think college was for them. Some didn't think they were smart enough- until now. Everyone has a story.

We bet you have a story too. Whatever your reasons for not finishing, we want you to know that you are not alone. When you return to college and become a UMass UWW student, you join hundreds of adults with similar stories who are determined to take the next step to finish what they started or dreamed of starting years earlier. And we will be here to help, every step of the way. 

building supportive community.

Our students who return to college are united in a common purpose- to complete their college degrees. They support, encourage and care about each other and are deeply invested in each other's success. Governed by the belief that we are all in this together, our students and faculty have created a supportive community that will be here for you, from your first class right through graduation.