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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 guest student.

Before you apply

Important information

The guest student application collects information and establishes your UMN academic record. Your record can be set up as either undergraduate or graduate.

  • The availability of credit to be used in future graduate school programs is impacted by course level.  Course level also impacts tuition and fees.  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.
  • Semester courses will have four digit numbers. The first number designates the course level (undergraduate 1XXX-4XXX; graduate 5XXX-9XXX).
  • To change credit types from undergraduate to graduate, you will need to re-apply.

If you need further assistance, contact One Stop Student Success Center, sgonia1@d.umn.edu.

Complete the following steps to apply

1. Complete the online application.
2. Confirmation will be sent to you via email by the UMD Office of the Registrar within three business days.
3. Initiate your UMN account after you receive confirmation and your UMN ID. 

  • Your UMN account gives you access to University online systems, including University email and the MyU portal, where you will register for classes, see your grades, and pay your bill. 
  • Note: You do not need to complete this step if your UMN account is active.

    4. Register for classes in MyU portal

    • To enroll in a class, you will use a three-step process in the MyU "Shopping Cart." The Shopping Cart is how you will manage your class selection and registration. 
    • Guest students register during open registration.

    5. Be aware of important dates and deadlines and fees.


    As a Guest student, you will be charged per-credit. You will view and pay your bill through MyU portal.  For more information review the how to guide: Make a payment on your student account.

    • Tuition and fees must be paid in full on or before the first semester billing due date. If your account is not paid, you will be dropped from classes.
    • Be aware of important dates and deadlines and fees.
    • UMD does not send paper bills. Billing notifications will be sent to your UMN email and available in your MyU portal.

    Financial aid

    Federal or state financial aid is typically not available for guest students.

    If you are required to complete prerequisite courses before admission to an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program, you may be eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans.

    If you need further assistance, contact One Stop Student Services.

    Important Dates


    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 First half and full semester classes begin
    Fri, Mar 8, 2019 First half semester classes end
    Mon, Mar 18, 2019 Second half semester classes begin


    Tue, Jan 15, 2019 First half and full semester last day to register without incurring a $50 late registration fee
    Tue, Jan 15, 2019 First half and full semesters last day to wait list a closed spring class
    Wed, Jan 16, 2019 Initial spring registration on or after this date includes a $50 late fee