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Mature student Susan Perkins

Software engineering graduate Susan Perkins balanced school and family life.

Mature students

Not everyone comes to UVic directly from secondary school. Whether it's been 12 months or 12 years since you were last in a classroom, we can help you meet your life-long educational goals.

From dancer to software engineer

Software engineer Susan Perkins may have been destined to become an engineer. Her first career was as a dance teacher, which she continued part-time while raising her family.

Susan returned to school at age 38 and, in her words, "took a year to orient myself to what I really wanted to do." Before registering as a full-time student she was worried that she'd be 44 when she graduated. Her father, a retired civil engineer who had also been a mature student, responded, "How old will you be if you don't do this? You'll still be 44 and you won't have done it."

Susan chose engineering because she wanted to help people and to make things better for society in general. She says, "I deeply respect engineering as a profession. I also have some sense of pride in my father's career choice, and I think some part of me always felt that I would become an engineer some day, after I fulfilled my initial youthful desire for an artistic career."

Receiving awards through Student Financial Aid and moving her family into subsidized housing made a financial difference for Susan. "Subsidized housing," she says, "provided a really nice place for us all to live while I went to school, without causing the cost of my schooling to skyrocket."

Now employed by IBM as a software engineer, Susan urges more women with families to learn about the option of engineering as a career. She says, "I really feel that software engineering is the way of the future for computer applications and software. There is so much that depends on software, it is very important to have qualified people building it."

Undergraduate studies

If you're over 23 years of age, follow the standard UVic application process - if you don't meet the regular requirements, you may be eligible for special access.

If you left UVic in good standing and would like to continue with a degree program, you can apply to reregister. Make sure you talk with the Undergraduate Adviser to discuss current degree requirements.

Graduate studies

If you want to begin a graduate program, visit the section for prospective graduate students for program and admissions information.

Support for mature learners

From on-campus child care to family housing, UVic is a supportive learning environment for students of all ages. The University Learning Skills course will help you transition back into learning and you can share experiences with other mature students in the drop-in Mature Student Group.

With Help Centres available in almost every first-year subject, smaller class sizes, and real-life learning through co-op, UVic Engineering supports you every step of the way.

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