Back to College
No matter how long it’s been, there’s a place for you at Triton College. We are here to help you turn existing college credits into a degree or certificate and get you ready for a new career or your next job.
Interested in brushing up on your job skills or upskilling for your next position? Check out our short-term certificate programs.
Has it been two or more years since you’ve been enrolled at Triton College? No problem, get back to college in four simple steps:
- Step 1:
- Step 2:
- Step 3:
- Take a placement test, if needed.
- Students do not need to take the placement test if they have already done so within the last two years or if they earned a grade of “C” or better in college level mathematics and/or English.
- Take a placement test, if needed.
- Step 4:
Back to college. Back to you!
“Learning never ends, you just have to keep pushing forward.”
Cybersecurity Student at Triton College
Melrose Park, Ill.
When Sarah Gucciardo of Melrose Park was looking for a new in-demand, financially stable career, she turned to Triton College. “Nontraditional students who think they can’t do it, can!” Gucciardo said.
“Triton has been just amazing to make sure that I can work around my schedule. There are classes available so I can do what I need to with my family, within my finances and still go to college.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I still fit into the College environment now that I took time away?
Absolutely! Adult students at Triton College are the norm, rather than the exception. The average age of a Triton College student is 28. And 72% of Triton College students attend part time.
How do I decide if going back to school is worth it?
Our Career Services team offers career planning services, resources, and access to information to community members seeking to get better jobs, start new careers, or re-enter the workforce. Our staff is committed to helping you prepare for career options that match your individual skills, values, interests, and goals.
How can I find out how long it will take me to finish my degree or earn a credential?
We offer several short-term certificate programs that can be completed in a year or less. All of our programs of study, including degree and certificate programs feature detailed program maps that outline exactly which courses—and how many credits—are needed to achieve your goal.
Can I get credit for taking college classes in the past or for work and life experience?
The credits you earned at Triton never expire, and our Records team will evaluate your transcripts from other schools.
How much is this going to cost and how can I pay for it?
Triton College strives to offer an affordable college education. Tuition rates for the 2023-2024 school year start at $148.00 per credit hour.
We encourage all students to apply for financial aid.
Is there someone I can talk with about the process of returning?
We’re happy to show you around campus, to highlight new features since you’ve attended, or explore new areas of interest. We’re always updating our classrooms, labs, and student spaces to ensure we best prepare our students for the workforce.
If you have been dismissed or suspended, reach out to our Counseling team.
It’s been a while since I attended school, what support will I get?
We are here for you! We’ve developed an orientation specifically for adult and returning students. This is a great opportunity to get back into the swing of college and to meet other students just like you.
Our campus resources include teams dedicated to advising, tutoring, mental health and wellness, research assistance, affinity clubs, access and accommodations, and more. Whether you need a loanable laptop, 24/7 virtual tutoring, or an appointment with a medical professional, our staff will connect you to the services and materials you need to succeed.
We also have wonderful facilities to support your health and wellness, including a fitness center, indoor and outdoor tracks, and a pool.
What resources do you have for student parents?
Our accredited on-campus Child Development Center offers programming for children ages 15 months to 5 years.
Our School of Continuing Education offers youth and family programs and summer camps.
I may need an accommodation for an in-person or online class, how do I set this up?
Our Center for Access and Accommodative Services (CAAS) team is happy to work with you to ensure you are set up for success.
I can’t take in-person classes on weekdays, what options are available?
What virtual support do you have available if I can’t come to campus?