The National Center for Education Services has identified students older than 24 as "non-traditional." Yet now almost half of undergraduates in the U. are more than 25 years old, and about 20 percent work full-time while attending class, according to the U. Here’s what to expect and some tips for managing the experience, so you can pursue your degree, no matter where you are in life or how you’ve decided to go about it.Many stereotypes of the college experience, such as an active dorm life and frat parties, are not part of the lives of non-traditional students. Here are some unique challenges you might face as a non-traditional student: Going to class with traditional college students might mean you’ll feel a little left out as they talk about their roommates' antics or last night’s dorm party you didn't attend.Relationships between faculty members and students used to be fairly common.

Professors who are more accustomed to traditional college students might expect that you have nothing but studies to worry about and have all the time in the world to complete assignments.

In reality, you might be juggling school with work and family commitments.

But local news coverage has been dominated by questions about the relationship between the student, Kathryn Benoit, and the man suspected of killing her, Ernesto A.

Bustamante, who until a few days before Benoit's death was a professor in the department in which Benoit was enrolled.

Police found Bustamante dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after an extended standoff with law enforcement officers.

The deaths and several other aspects of the Idaho case -- such as news that Bustamante had been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder and had made violent threats against Benoit -- make the situation distinctive.

Trying to balance work, family, and college can be exhausting.

The anxiety can take a physical, mental, and emotional toll if you’re not careful.

"If you're charging ,000 a year, you don't want parents knowing that a guy is sleeping with the kids," she says.