Adult Learners

Adult Learners

As an adult student, your needs, motivations, responsibilities, life experiences and comfort level with a college environment are likely very different than those of a traditional-aged college student.

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. More information about this ranking is available here.

Bristol offers a number of programs and resources geared toward the needs of adult learners like you. Find what you need below!  

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  • Free Course - 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.

  • Admissions - To learn more about Bristol please submit your contact information and one of our admissions officers will reach out to you. - New Students | Returning Students | Transfer Students | International Students | Non-Credit Students | Guest Students

    For general inquiries about Adult Learning at Bristol, click here. To get a jump start on the next steps in the enrollment process, visit the New Student Checklist.

  • Financial Aid - 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. 
  • For information about the application process, click here. Bristol offers a series of workshops to help you complete financial aid applications. Click here for details.

    Information about Veterans Educational Benefits is available here. Adult Learners may also be eligible for grants, scholarships, and other forms for financial support. Check here.

  • PLACEMENT TESTING - Placement tests, high school equivalency exams, Test of Essential Academic Skills, and reading course post tests are all administered in the Testing Center. Click here for more information.


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.

Learn more about Amanda's story here

More Information

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  • Step Up to College - This program is designed to provide support and college coursework to Adult Learners making the transition from alternative high school diploma equivalency programs and Adult Learning Center programs to college-level work at Bristol. Further information may be obtained here.
  • Weekend Fast Track -  The Weekend Fast Track program can help you earn your degree in just 12 months online and onsite. The Weekend Fast Track program is offered at Bristol campuses in Fall River and downtown New Bedford. Information is available here.
  • Learning Commons  - The Learning Commons houses both the Writing and the Tutoring and Academic Support Centers. Further information about Learning Commons’ services and hours are available here.
  • 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. Learn more about ODS here
  • 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. This is the link to Transfer Services.