Nontraditional Students (out of H.S. 5+ years)

Bunting Program for Non-Traditional Students

Douglass recognizes that mature women students require different kinds of support and guidance than traditional aged students. The Mary I. Bunting Program was established in 1958 by Mary I. Bunting, the Dean of Douglass at that time, to recognize the needs of women who wish to complete college, either part-time or full-time, later in their lives and careers. To this end, the Bunting Program recognizes the time constraints and other needs of non-traditional students. The program, which is a part of Douglass Residential College, provides individualized mentoring on top of the advising students receive through their Rutgers undergraduate schools.


Benefits of the Mary I. Bunting Program:

  • A dedicated lounge in the Douglass Campus Center. The lounge serves as a comfortable “home base” where students can study, meet other Bunting students, and relax between classes;
  • A community of women who share common experiences and information;
  • Dedicated scholarships for mature women students;
  • Mentoring, career planning, and personal support that focuses on adult women’s lifestyles and needs;
  • Specialized programs designed for non-traditional age women students that focus on opportunities and possibilities for the future;
  • A Bunting peer advisor to assist students over email, phone or in person with their transition to Rutgers;
  • The Sophia Club, an organization run for and by Bunting students;
  • The Sophia House, 12-month housing designated specifically for Bunting women who wish to live on campus. The Sophia House offers single rooms, a shared kitchen, living rooms, and bathrooms, and a warm, supportive community.


Bunting students can also take advantage of all the programs offered through Douglass and Rutgers, including the Externship Program, which offers students the opportunity to explore different careers during the winter or spring breaks. An active, engaged Bunting Alumnae network, known as Bunting Connections, offers professional networking opportunities and social events for current students and alumnae. Many Bunting Alumnae remain involved in events for current Bunting students.

No special application is required. Once you enroll in Douglass Residential College, you will automatically be considered part of the Mary I. Bunting Program if you have been out of high school for five or more years. You may also participate the University College Community for adult students at Rutgers.

Mentor Contact Information and Hours: Dean Rebecca Reynolds is available for advising current students and students in the Mary I. Bunting Program,; 848-932-3026.