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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 graduate part time, per credit 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 Services in the Bulldog Resource Center, umdhelp@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.


    Guest students are charged tuition per-credit, undergraduate or graduate.  Program-specific rates apply to students admitted to these programs.


    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.
    • 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, Nov 25, 2020 Last day of in-person classes for fall semester
    Fri, Dec 11, 2020 Second half and full semester, last day of classes
    Mon, Dec 14, 2020 Final exams for fall semester (thru 12/18/20)


    Fri, Oct 30, 2020 Second half semester, last day to use course permission numbers to add classes via MyU
    Mon, Nov 30, 2020 Spring semester registration by appointment begins for currently and previously enrolled students
    Fri, Dec 11, 2020 Second half and full semester, last day of classes