Getting Started

Adult/Non-Traditional Students

I have been away from school for more than a few years and am balancing multiple responsibilities while trying to get started or return to college.

Chesapeake College welcomes adult learners. There are many different kinds of adult students attending Chesapeake College. Some of our adult learners are students who

  • Wish they attended college right out of high school but did not
  • Started college but would like to complete a degree or certificate and work in a new field
  • Wish to upgrade skills for a promotion at work

Print this page and check off each item as you complete it.

  1. Submit your college application to the Office of Admissions.
  2. Request that your school send an official copy of your high school transcript (including SAT scores if applicable) or GED scores to the Admissions Office.
  3. Request that your prior college(s) send an official copy of your transcript to the Admissions Office, if applicable.
  4. Take the Academic Skills Assessment Test. This test is free of charge the first time you take it. Contact the Testing Center at ext. 2344 or the Student Success Office at ext. 2240 or 2250 for information regarding hours, test exemption policies, and testing procedures.
  5. Apply for financial aid. It is recommended that all domestic students apply for financial aid. All students applying for aid must do so every year. For the fall semester, files must be completed by May 1. For the spring semester, files must be completed by December 1. Do not wait for the priority date! Apply as early as possible at www.fafsa.gov indicating Chesapeake College's financial aid code 004650. For the fall and spring semesters, students are encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon as January 1.

One of our admissions counselors would be happy to assist you with the admissions process. If you would like to speak to a counselor or arrange an appointment, please call 410-822-5400, ext. 2257 or e-mail us at admissions@chesapeake.edu.