As an adult student, your needs, motivations, responsibilities, life experiences and comfort level with a college environment are likely very different from those of a student who is starting college right out of high school.
Bristol understands these differences, and we were recently ranked #95 in the Best Colleges for Adult Learners among 2-year colleges in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and rankings. Learn more about this ranking.
Bristol offers a number of programs and resources geared toward the needs of adult learners like you. Our goal is to make college within reach for all.
Find what you need below!
Free one-credit hybrid College Success Seminar (CSS-101) for Adult Learners takes place prior to the start of each semester. Learn about resources available to you at Bristol that will help you meet your goals, gain confidence in your skills and experiences and understand how they will benefit you in the classroom environment, get updates on study skills, current college technologies, regional job market information, how to fit college into your hectic life (not to mention budget) and more! Click here to sign up for CSS-101 for Adult Learners.
Apply for Admission
Complete a free application online! Don’t worry, there’s no commitment at this time – filling out an online application helps us work with you to explore what options are right for you and how Bristol can help you reach your goals.
Learn more about admissions here: New Students | Returning Students | Transfer Students | International Students | Non-Credit Students | Guest Students For general inquiries about Adult Learning at Bristol, contact admissions.
Get a jump-start on the next steps in the enrollment process. Check out the New Student Checklist.
The big question: how can you pay for your education? Financial aid can ease the burden of costs by offering grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities for qualified students.
To learn more about financial aid, payment plans or additional services that we offer to help you through the process, visit our financial aid page or take advantage of one or our walk-in workshops. You may be eligible for federal student aid, grants, loans or scholarships.
If you are a Veteran, you may be entitled to Veterans Educational Benefits. Learn more from our Veterans Center.
Once you have been admitted, the next step is to take the placement tests so we can place you in the courses that meet your needs. Don’t worry, we have prepared some test prep materials to help you prepare for the exam.
AMANDA DACOSTA - CLASS OF 2019 SALUTATORIAN
Amanda M. DaCosta, of New Bedford, Class of 2019 Salutatorian, fully immersed herself in the Bristol Experience by combining her academic interests with extracurricular activities.
In addition to her outstanding academic record in the clinical laboratory science program, Amanda held the role of president of the clinical laboratory science club and supplemental instructor and tutor for the college’s phlebotomy program.
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- Adult Education - Don't let an incomplete high school education hold you back. Get back on track with Bristol’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HiSET (formerly GED) services.
- Advising - The Bristol team of academic advisors works in collaboration with the entire college community, faculty and staff, to promote Adult Learners' success.
- Credit for Prior Learning - Get credit for learning through your work, life or learning experience.
- English as a Second Language - Get help developing your English language skills.
- Veterans Services - Get support and benefits through the Veterans Center.
- Learning Commons - Get help with writing, study skills and more through free in-person and online tutoring for any student. The Learning Commons houses both the Writing and the Tutoring and Academic Support Centers.
- Disability Services - The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides a full range of advocacy and learning services for Bristol’s diverse population of students with disabilities.
- Transfer Services - Bristol’s Transfer Services provides you with the transfer counseling needed to continue your education here at Bristol and at four-year colleges and universities.
- Child Care Center - Skip the high-priced daycare facilities with on-site child care, available on the Fall River Campus.
- Career Services - Bristol helps put your education to use. Career Services is available for career counseling, job search assistance and networking opportunities.
- Tuition reimbursement - Did you know your employer may cover your college costs? Check with your company's human resources department.