The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is located in Cornell University’s large and beautiful Sage Hall, which dates back to the 19th century. Originally intended as a female dormitory, the hall was built in 1875, based on a design by Cornell’s first professor of architecture and founding member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Charles Babcock. However, in the late 1990s it underwent a major refurbishment to prepare it for the School of Management, including rebuilding the main part of the famous spire. The inner courtyard also got a glass roof, a move that took its views from the main exhibition hall of one of Babcock’s inspirations, the Oxford University Museum. Located on the campus of an Ivy League institution in Ithaca, New York, the school offers one- and two-year full-time MBA courses, executive MBAs, and dual degree options.
Cardiff University’s new Hadyn Ellis Building is the colorful home of the UK-based University of Wales Graduate College. British architects IBI Nightingale designed it as part of the first phase of the school’s science and innovation campus, with the building itself opening in late 2013. The prominent exterior was designed to draw people’s attention to the activity inside, with the building itself described by urban planners as the “front door” to the university grounds. The sustainable measures also earned it a rating of “Excellent” on the International Building Research Foundation’s Environmental Assessment Methodology rating scale. The University’s Graduate College provides training and skills development for the school’s graduate scholars. In addition, the Hadyn Ellis Building houses research institutes specializing in cancer cells, neuroscience, and mental health.
DO NOT compare yourself to others.
There is NO age limit for earning a college degree. As you can see in my chart, there are people who graduated at 20 and 56.
I don’t care if your mistakes stopped you or events out of your control. It’s happened before and you can’t change it.
Next to me in biology class, Dad was sitting with a full-time job and getting A’s on all the tests. He dropped it the first time he went to college because he didn’t take it seriously. Now with a family by his side, he has been motivated to come back and is doing better than ever. He was doing better than me AND I had 10x less responsibility than him.
Student loan debt considerations
If he is 61 and applies for loans, it will take him some time to repay them. Debt is something to think about before getting a PhD. If he can get into a doctoral program that pays his tuition or even gives him a stipend, he may be able to graduate with much less student loan debt. This support may allow you to consider a PhD later in life.
To earn a doctorate, you must have graduated from an undergraduate school. From there, some may enter a doctoral program. If you graduate at the traditional age of 22, you’ll at least earn your PhD around age 25.