The value of the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students (ACMAPS)

Posted by Christiaan on November 21, 2013


As a mature student at York University, I was curious to know what the university was doing for mature (and part-time) students. I was informed about the Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students so I decided to interview two members: Meet Brian Poser and Karen Tait. Brian is the director of ACMAPS and Karen is a Student Advisor. Instead of a question-answer format, I’ve summarized the valuable information I was given in a nice, neat little pre-holiday package.

Who is a mature student? Where can you find them?

There are over 9000 mature students at York University. A ‘mature student’ might be considered anyone 21+ (scary, right?). However, ACMAPS views mature students as anyone 25+.

The biggest faculties in which mature students situate themselves and enroll in are the Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies and the Faculty of Health. Interested applicants to York University should hurry up and apply for the January 2014 intake! The application deadline is Dec. 4, 2013.

Educational strategy

ACMAPS takes a very student-centered approach to addressing mature student needs. Rather than looking at mature students as a group, ACMAPS looks at mature students on an individual basis: they assess every single mature student’s needs. This could include assessing career goals, financial needs and assistance, personal fulfillment, and the like. What ACMAPS does is allow you to feel like you are getting the most out of your education and they do that by viewing education as just another part of the life cycle; education as continuing and as an investment. ACMAPS understands that people have lives outside of school, so they create a strategy that allows mature and part-time students to have a solid work-life-school balance.

Mature Student Mentors

ACMAPS not only provides (prospective) mature students with the reassurance in investing in postsecondary education with a strategy, it also provides everyone access to mature student mentors. Mature student mentors are available all year long and offer guidance and valuable advice to all mature students – they’re mature students too, so it’s pretty easy for them to relate to your questions and concerns. These mentors provide a lived experience and act as a support mechanism for gathering information, solving problems, and adding valuable life and academic skills. It’s a system of peer-to-peer support

Drop in for a visit

If you are currently a mature student at York University and are unaware of the services offered by ACMAPS, take advantage of them by contacting them: P:  416-736-5770 or email:  You can also drop by in-person! The Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students (ACMAPS) is located at:

111 Central Square

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario

M3J 1P3

Feel free to also check out the York University Mature Students Organization (YUMSO), which provides a variety of social events for mature students and works with ACMAPS on events, advocacy, mentoring, and more.


This is the space where you can come and decide your future with no pressure(s). I like funny things, like watching people get scared. Hilarious.

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