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Take a class as non-degree/guest student

Undergraduate-level classes

If you want to enroll in a class for credit, but are not admitted into a degree program at the University of Minnesota, you may enroll as a non-degree-seeking student. Complete the following steps to register.

Before you will be able to register for undergraduate classes at the Twin Cities campus, you must activate your student record. Once you have been activated, you will receive a confirmation and a University student ID number.

Initiate your Internet ID. Your Internet ID, which is different than your student ID number, gives you access to the University’s online systems, including University email and the student portal, MyU, where you can register for classes, see your grades, and pay your bill.

After you initiate your Internet ID, log in to MyU. There you can update your personal information, register for classes, verify the details of your registration, pay your bill, and get transcripts. Make sure that your personal information is up to date so that you do not miss out on mail or email notifications from the University.

Search for classes using the Class Search. There are two ways to register for a class: online through the MyU: Academics tab (after you have been activated for registration), or with the Registration and Cancel/Add Request form. You can only register the open enrollment period.

Graduate-level classes

If you are a graduate with a bachelor's or other postsecondary degree who is not admitted to, or currently active in, a University of Minnesota degree program, you can take graduate courses as a non-degree student. However, you will not be able to register for courses through MyU.

To earn credit for graduate classes before you are admitted to a graduate degree program, apply directly to the Graduate School. This also applies if you are an international student who needs to satisfy VISA requirements.

To register graduate classes for career, professional, or personal enrichment, follow these directions.

Tuition and financial aid

As a non-degree student, you will be charged on a per-credit basis for the credits in which you enroll. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate courses. Tuition bills are ready to view two business days after you register. You can view and pay your bill through MyU.

Federal or state financial aid is typically not available to non-degree-seeking students. However, if you are enrolling in a course required for admission into a degree program, there may be options. Visit the College of Continuing Education to learn more. You may also search for scholarships for non-degree students.

Important Dates

Academics

Thu, Dec 22, 2016 End of semester
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 Spring semester begins
Sat, May 13, 2017 End of semester

Registration

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 Full semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 Last day to receive a 100% tuition refund for canceling full semester and first 7-week session classes
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 Second 7-week session begins