When are you considered too old to go to University?

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Hi guys,

I am 22-years-old but face the prospect of finally going to University when I am 24. This begs the question, when is it considered socially unacceptable for one to go to university, when you will likely be surrounded by young, enthusiastic 18/19 year olds?

In my opinion, I would say that 35 is the absolute cut off point for anyone wanting to study at university for the first time. I think after that, you are merely studying as something to do, more than anything.

What do you all think?
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Hello!

I disagree with you - you're never too old! University certainly isn't just for 18/19 year olds, it's for everyone! There are people of all ages and I think it's sad 'older' people get put off because it has become seen as a 'young person's' thing. I'm 26 and studying at undergraduate level. Yeah, it can be a bit hard when you're surrounded by people who have just left school but it really depends *what* you're going to University for. Generally, when you're a bit older you're going to learn/get new qualifications/a new job and surely it's awesome to do that whatever age you are?

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You are never too old. Bettering yourself and your future is never a bad thing.
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Age doesn't matter at all imo, university is a great experience and everybody should be able to benefit
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(Original post by Bocicowo)
Hi guys,

I am 22-years-old but face the prospect of finally going to University when I am 24. This begs the question, when is it considered socially unacceptable for one to go to university, when you will likely be surrounded by young, enthusiastic 18/19 year olds?

In my opinion, I would say that 35 is the absolute cut off point for anyone wanting to study at university for the first time. I think after that, you are merely studying as something to do, more than anything.

What do you all think?
I'd say never. My mum went to uni in her 30s to study nursing and it has really helped her find a career she loves. I think a lot of people worry they are too old when really if they think it will put them in a better position, then I say go for it.

I guess at later in life though you do really need to think about your reasons. If you have enough money and just want to do it for fun fine, but if you are doing it for a careers perspective then really think about whether it will benefit you - e.g will going to do a philosophy degree at 40 really better your job prospects?

I think it is all up to the individual.
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I think once you get to 50/60 you will get weird looks and that might be too old. But in general never!!!
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I know someone in their 50s that's studying in university lol
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When you are dead.
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No such thing. I'd love to go when i retire.
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(Original post by KaryH)
Hello!

I disagree with you - you're never too old! University certainly isn't just for 18/19 year olds, it's for everyone! There are people of all ages and I think it's sad 'older' people get put off because it has become seen as a 'young person's' thing. I'm 26 and studying at undergraduate level. Yeah, it can be a bit hard when you're surrounded by people who have just left school but it really depends *what* you're going to University for. Generally, when you're a bit older you're going to learn/get new qualifications/a new job and surely it's awesome to do that whatever age you are?

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What is it like studying alongside younger students? I do feel it is quite off-putting, being late to go, it feels like failure in a way. I think in some ways it is better to go later, but in some ways it is better when you are younger.

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What is it like studying alongside younger students? I do feel it is quite off-putting, being late to go, it feels like failure in a way. I think in some ways it is better to go later, but in some ways it is better when you are younger.

Please advise.
I can understand your reservations, because I had them too. I'm only into my second week but so far I am enjoying it. So far everyone has been incredibly friendly and is interested in my experiences! I have felt a bit 'old' next to them, but I think that's kind of natural when you're around people younger. I don't actually think anyone knows I'm older as I probably look more like 19/20 than 26! I'm not really going to Uni for the socialising and stuff but I actually don't think being older stops you getting involved. There's *so* many different opportunities to join societies, etc, so even if you feel too 'old' for the bar crawls and stuff there's lots of other ways you can get to know people. I would say go for it.
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There was a lady on the news who was like 80 or 90 and attending uni. I admire them because they're going to uni to learn more about a subject rather than just going for a career, and thats great imo

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As someone who wants to study Art at university I am sure its not uncommon to have the odd pensioner enrolled! In my opinion you are never too old to learn - for whatever degree!! Just go for it if YOU want it!!
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I started my undergrad aged 44, my Masters at 47 and my PhD at 49. I'm now 51 and being paid (occasionally...) for working in the field covered by my studies. It's completely different to my pre-uni 20+ year career.

So no, I wasn't studying just for the sake of it. I used it to change careers and in doing so, to vastly improve my life. I have zero interest in what may or may not be socially acceptable. As long as I'm not harming anyone else, what I do is nobody's business but my own. Which is why I'm off to see the Sleaford Mods next week (being supported by Steve Ignorant from Crass, who is - shock horror - even older than me!!)

Age is a matter of perspective. Once you hit 35 you'll realise it's not the end of the world and there are plenty of opportunities still open to you, if you go and get them.
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I would say there's no cut-off point for uni in regards to age however I'd also say that if you're a 21+ undergrad you may want to look into accommodation other than halls. I'm 21 and just started at uni this year and tbh I regret picking halls and wish I'd gone private or 3rd party accommodation. The difference in maturity levels and life experience is noticeable as everyone in halls is 18/19 straight out of 6th form, so you'll have different priorities to them which can make it hard to relate.


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As a member of the mature students society and a 23 year old I'd say never! I have met many middle aged people whose lives have begun again during their time at uni another person I know has started a career in nursing at 50 because of uni! Its never too late to change your life ^^
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(Original post by Bocicowo)
Hi guys,

I am 22-years-old but face the prospect of finally going to University when I am 24. This begs the question, when is it considered socially unacceptable for one to go to university, when you will likely be surrounded by young, enthusiastic 18/19 year olds?

In my opinion, I would say that 35 is the absolute cut off point for anyone wanting to study at university for the first time. I think after that, you are merely studying as something to do, more than anything.

What do you all think?
For an undergraduate degree, I would say most people would view any age over 25 as old. It's extremely rare to come across anyone older than 25 on an undergraduate degree, and most people would be 18-22.

For a postgraduate degree, you can't really be too old, though most people I think would be in their 20's. So 30+ would be viewed as old for a postgrad.
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Age doesn't matter
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I started my undergrad aged 44, my Masters at 47 and my PhD at 49. I'm now 51 and being paid (occasionally...) for working in the field covered by my studies. It's completely different to my pre-uni 20+ year career.

So no, I wasn't studying just for the sake of it. I used it to change careers and in doing so, to vastly improve my life. I have zero interest in what may or may not be socially acceptable. As long as I'm not harming anyone else, what I do is nobody's business but my own. Which is why I'm off to see the Sleaford Mods next week (being supported by Steve Ignorant from Crass, who is - shock horror - even older than me!!)

Age is a matter of perspective. Once you hit 35 you'll realise it's not the end of the world and there are plenty of opportunities still open to you, if you go and get them.
Fantastic post, lovely and inspiring. I wish there were more people like you around.
(P.s I know it's TSR but didn't think 51 was all that old really :P )
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32-34 at a push but don't do the Carnage bar crawl cos they'll think you're creepy.
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