If you’re 22 and thinking of going to college then you might be wondering if 22 is too old to start college.

This post will show you a number of reasons that 22 is not too old to start college and some things that you might want to consider.

So, is 22 too old to start college? You have a long working life ahead of you and college will provide you with many new opportunities that, otherwise, wouldn’t be available to you. So, it is likely that going to college would be worthwhile for you.

There are actually a number of reasons that 22 is not too old to start college and there are a number of things that you want to consider.

It will provide you with new opportunities

The main reason that 22 is not too old to start college is that it will provide you with a number of new opportunities.

Currently, there will likely be a number of jobs that are not available to you because they require a college degree. By getting a college degree you will be able to qualify for these jobs.

Additionally, over a 40-year working life bachelors degree holders are expected to make 66% more than those without a bachelors degree. This means that getting a degree should help to improve your life considerably over the long run.

However, something to be aware of is that not all degrees provide the same job opportunities. Degrees such as those in the STEM field will often be among the best paying with the best job prospects. With that being said there are many other types of degrees that you can get that also provide good job opportunities. You can look at this website to see how well the degree that you’re thinking of getting pays.

Most students will be around your age

Students that went straight to college out of high school, that are in their freshman year, will only be four years younger than you. If you are concerned that you might look out of place in your classes then there is not any need to be. It is unlikely that you will look, noticeably, older than the other students.

Many students will be older than you

Another thing to consider is that there will, likely, be many other students at the college that are older than 22. It is not uncommon for people to start college in their 40’s and 50’s. If it is possible for them to benefit from going to college then it is certainly possible for you as well.

In 2018, a projected 12.3 million college and university students will be under age 25 and 7.6 million students will be 25 years old and over.


Many students start at 22 years old

It is also common for people to take some time off to work, when they graduate high school, instead of going straight to college. This means that it is likely that there will be many other students of a similar age as you in your classes.

It is also likely that there will be other students of the same age as you since the youngest seniors will be at least 22 years old. Even in your freshman year classes, it is likely that there will be a handful of seniors in them.

You’ll have a stronger sense of purpose

Many students drop out of college due to not really understanding why getting a degree would be beneficial for them. Seeing as you have had some more time to get real-world experience and to lament on whether or not a degree is worth it, you should have a stronger sense of purpose. This should help you to do better academically and to stick with it.

In addition, it is not uncommon for students to change their majors multiple times throughout college. This can cause them to have to graduate later or to take certain classes before they are sufficiently prepared. You should have an easier time to pick your major seeing as you have some more experience to consider. This should help you to have a smoother experience in college and possibly to graduate sooner.

You’ll be able to appreciate the classes better

It is also likely that you will be able to appreciate the value of the classes more than other students.

Many students will struggle to motivate themselves to study or to put a lot of effort into a class when they cannot see why it is important. Seeing as you will have had some more time to consider what you want to do you’ll probably be able to appreciate the value of the classes a lot more. This should help you to do better academically.

People won’t be able to tell how old you are

Another thing to consider is that people are often bad at judging how old people are. It is unlikely that the other students will be able to tell that you are older than them. In addition, college is a place where people are supposed to go to learn. It is unlikely that they would care how old you are anyway.

Things to consider

While it is not too late to go to college at 22 there are some things that you might want to consider.

The major

As mentioned earlier, the major that you decide on will have a big impact on the job opportunities that you will get upon graduation.

While it is important to choose something that interests you it is also important to choose a major that will also put you in a good position upon graduation.

Generally, STEM majors typically have strong job prospects especially those that deal with a lot of data such as statistics. Computer science is also one that typically gives good job opportunities upon graduating.

With that being said, there are many degrees outside of STEM that also give good job prospects. You can look at this website to get stats on the major that you are considering.

Community college

Something that people often do is go to community college and then transfer to a 4-year college after two years. Community colleges tend to be a lot cheaper so, by doing so, it should save you a lot of money.

If you do decide to go to community college first, make sure that the classes will transfer over well into the major that you want to take at the 4-year university.

The amount of spare time you have

Another thing to think about is the amount of spare time that you are going to have to pursue the degree with.

If you plan on also working while going to college then it will be important for you to take measures to ensure that your time in college goes as smoothly as possible. You can do things such as:

  • Taking slightly fewer classes per semester than usual.
  • Planning your entire degree out early on so that you are able to identify any potential problem areas and to spread out the more difficult classes.
  • Use ratemyprofessors.com to get the most highly rated professors. Make sure to schedule classes early since the classes taught by the better professors will fill up fast.
  • Ensure that you study throughout the semester so that you don’t need to cram the information in at the last minute.
  • Planning out the semester so that you can plan your work schedule more easily.


Another thing to consider is that it could be the case that you actually already qualify for the jobs that you want.

Often the jobs that require a degree will also consider candidates that have relevant experience. If you have spent the last few years working in the same field then it might be worthwhile for you to do some interviews before going to college.

The college

The culture, of a college, can vary a lot depending on a number of factors. The age, location, size, type and size of student body can all have an impact on the culture of a college.

Before deciding on a college to go to it would be worthwhile for you to consider the culture that it has and the opportunities that it will provide you with the major that you want.


I created and currently manage College Corner. I received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. My goal is to help current students do better in college and to help future students plan for college. You can read more about me and my website here.