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Returning Students
What Can I Expect as a Non-Traditional Student?

If it’s been a while since you’ve been on campus, or even if you’re attending for the first time, taking college classes as an adult has its own special challenges.

Learning environments and expectations have changed – but Normandale has the degree options, flexible scheduling and personalized planning you need to be prepared and be successful. You can choose among hundreds of community college classes for adults.

What’s Changed for Non-Traditional Students?

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New Course Formats

The biggest changes returning students will see are remote and hybrid courses. While you can still take traditional classes on campus, you’ll also find courses that are fully online or a combination of both.

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The Best Transfer Options

Normandale offers the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, a guaranteed set of general education credits that transfer to the University Minnesota system, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and many Minnesota private colleges.

What’s Still the Same?

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Individual Advising and Coaching

Academic planning. Tutoring. Career Services. Counseling. The experts at Normandale are ready to help non-traditional students.

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Hundreds of Continuing Ed Classes

Normandale offers non-credit courses that can help you achieve your goals, whether you want to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

Ready to Get Started?

Welcome back! The following information is geared to helping non-traditional students get started again at Normandale Complete the eform below for returning students to get one-on-one support and help from a student services coach on next steps.

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To get started, check out these web pages to help you identify community college classes for adults that you want to register for: 

Program finder 
Course schedules


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