Non-degree enrollment status is designed for students who wish to take courses but do not plan to pursue a degree. Non-degree students do not qualify for financial aid. Non-degree students are part-time students and are expected to enroll in no more than eight credits per term. Students wishing to take more than 8 credits per term must be admitted as a degree-seeking student.
Non-degree enrollment status does not require a formal admission process or formal entrance requirements. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee regular admission to the University. Students wishing to apply for full admission should refer to the appropriate instructions for first year, transfer, post baccalaureate, graduate admissions, or postdoctoral.
Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university. Simply qualifying for admission does not guarantee admission.
Non-degree Graduate Status
If you have earned a baccalaureate degree and now wish to take courses without pursuing a degree, you will be designated as a non-degree graduate student. If you decide to seek admission to a degree program, be aware that credit(s) taken under non-degree status may not apply toward that degree program. Students must also complete 30 graduate credits after full admission to degree-seeking status, regardless of the number of credits completed under non-degree status. Any questions should be directed to the Graduate School at 541-737-4881.
If you are currently on a visa (for example the F-1, F-2, J-1, etc.) it is critical that you consult with OSU's International Student Advising and Services (Email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 541-737-6310) before submitting the non-degree application for admission. Please be aware that only certain visa types allow an individual to pursue part-time or non-degree seeking coursework. Consequences of doing so may result in failure to maintain visa status.
Credit hours are not restricted for non-degree students during summer term.
Student Identification Card
Registered students are expected to obtain a Student Identification Card. ID cards are available through the ID center in the Memorial Union.
Your GAP (General Access Pin) is a secure number known only to you. It allows you to access your student record. The GAP is initially set to your birth date, formatted as mmddyy. Upon initial access to the OSU Web student services system, you will be asked to change this number to a unique six-digit number.
Course Reference Number (CRN)
Each course offering is assigned a unique number known as the CRN.
Once you apply for non-degree admission you will receive an email containing your OSU ID and other registration information. You can access the OSU Web registration system by choosing Student Online Services from the OSU Home Page. Next, click on Quick login for your student services. Then enter your Student ID and GAP numbers. Choose Registration from the menu to register for classes.
Non-degree students may be asked to take placement tests or provide transcripts from previously attended colleges in order to verify the student's completion and/or grade(s) of past course work prior to enrolling in certain OSU courses.
Distance (Ecampus) non-degree students must complete the Ecampus online orientation to receive a PIN number required for registering.
Tuition and Fees
Non-degree students enrolled for eight or fewer credits are assessed tuition and fees at resident rates based on undergraduate or graduate course level. Payment of the health service fee is optional. Enrollment in excess of eight credits requires tuition and fee assessment at the rate for a regularly enrolled, fully admitted student. Summer term tuition is assessed according to the tuition and fees schedule on the Summer Session website.
Non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid.
OSU Grade and Transcript Information
Non-degree students are given grades, reviewed according to the University standards of good academic progress, and provided with academic records.
Oregon State University does not mail grade reports. Students can access final course grades by using the OSU Web site. Students may ask to have a grade report mailed at no cost by contacting the Registrar's Office, 102 Kerr Administration Building, or calling 541-737-4331.
For information on how to order an official transcript, visit: Transcripts.
How to Apply
You can apply for non-degree status by using the online application.
Office of Admissions
Oregon State University
104 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331