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Take a class as non-degree/guest student

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

Non-degree/guest application

  1. Complete the online application.
    To apply for a certificate program, submit a certificate application.
  2. Select either graduate or undergraduate at the time of initial application.
    Note: To change credit types from undergraduate to graduate after you apply, you will need to re-apply. Contact the Office for Students in Transition (SIT) for advising. 
    Graduate-level: If you take a course for graduate-level credit as a non-degree, guest student, you will pay the normal graduate tuition rate for all your courses in the term.
  3. You will receive an email notification when your application has been processed. 

Returning students

If it has been two or more terms since you last registered as a non-degree student, you will need to reactivate your non-degree status. Complete and return the Request for Re-enrollment form.

Register for classes

As a non-degree/guest student you are eligible to register during open enrollment.

  • Summer term: registration begins the first Monday in March
  • Fall term: registration begins in April
  • Spring term: registration begins in November

If your initial registration for a term occurs on or after the first day of the term, be aware that you will be assessed a late registration fee. Learn more about how to prepare and register for classes.

Important Dates


Fri, Dec 9, 2016 Last day of fall semester classes
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 Final exams for fall semester (thru 12/16/16)
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 Spring semester 2017 begins


Mon, Nov 7, 2016 Registration by appointment (queued) begins for spring 2017 for currently and previously enrolled students
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 Open registration for spring 2017
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 Last day to register or add courses without approval