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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 can register for undergraduate classes at the Twin Cities campus, you must activate your student record. After you submit the form, you will receive an email receipt of the information you submitted. The form is then routed to University staff for processing. You do not need to submit the form multiple times.

After you submit your request for activation, University staff will process your request. Please allow up to three (3) business days for your record to be activated. University staff will contact you with your University student ID number, which will allow you to move on to step 3 of this process. (Note that the email receipt you recieve from submitting the activation request form is different than the confirmation you will receive from University staff.)

Initiate your Internet ID after you have been contacted by University staff with your student ID number from step 2 that your record has been activatedYour 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 during 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.

If you are an international student who needs to satisfy VISA requirements, apply directly to the Graduate School.

To earn credit for graduate classes before you are admitted to a graduate degree program, or to register for 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 and Professional Studies to learn more. You may also search for scholarships for non-degree students.

Important Dates


Thu, Dec 19, 2019 End of fall semester
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 Spring full semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Tue, Mar 17, 2020 Spring second 7-week session begins


Tue, Nov 12, 2019 Spring semester registration begins for students admitted to degree or certificate programs
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 Spring registration opens for non-degree and visiting students
Thu, Dec 19, 2019 End of fall semester