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

Bunting Program for Adult Women Students

Douglass recognizes that adult women students require different kinds of support and guidance than traditional aged college students. Mary I. Bunting, a former Dean of Douglass, established the Mary I. Bunting Program in 1958 to recognize the needs of women who wish to complete college, either part-time or full-time, later in their lives and careers,. The Bunting Program recognizes the time constraints and needs of adult students. The program, now an integral part of Douglass Residential College, provides individualized mentoring on top of the advising that students receive through their Rutgers undergraduate schools.

Benefits of the Mary I. Bunting Program:

  • A dedicated lounge in the Douglass Campus Center. The lounge provides a microwave and refrigerator, as well as table, chairs, and couches for studying or chatting between classes. Open only to students in the Bunting Program;
  • A community of women who share common experiences, information, and concerns;
  • Dedicated scholarships for adult women students;
  • Mentoring, career planning, and personal support that focuses on adult women’s lifestyles and needs;
  • Programs that focus on career and professional skills, and opportunities and possibilities for the future;
  • A Bunting peer advisor, in addition to the Director, 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 specifically for Bunting women who wish to live on campus. The Sophia House offers single rooms, a shared kitchen, a shared living room, dining space and bathrooms, as well as on site laundry and amenities, and a warm, supportive community.

Bunting Students also take advantage of all the programs offered through Douglass and Rutgers. These benefits include externships through the Reilly Program at the BOLD Center for Advancing Women's Professional Development, which offer students the opportunity to explore different careers during the winter, spring break, and summer breaks; the Professional Mentoring Program, other special programs and opportunities, and an active, engaged Bunting Alumnae network, known as Bunting Connections. Bunting students with children may wish to take advantage of the Family Friendly spaces on both the Cook and Busch campuses

No special application required. Once you enroll in Douglass Residential College we will automatically enroll you in the Mary I. Bunting Program, as long as you are 23 or above and have been out of high school for five or more years–as well as students who may have gotten their GED’s more recently. You can also take advantage of services through the University College Community for Adult Students at Rutgers. 

Contact Information:  Rebecca Reynolds, Director of the Mary I. Bunting Program, rreynold@echo.rutgers.edu; 848-932-3026.