Students who wish to pursue academic courses for purposes other than a University of Charleston degree can be admitted to the University as special students. You must be in good academic standing in all previously attended institutions, and are subject to all academic rules and regulations of the University of Charleston.
Special students should possess the requisite academic background for college-level work. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be accumulated as a special student unless the Office of Admissions makes an exception based on individual circumstances.
If a special student later applies to be a degree student, he or she must complete the application process for general or transfer admission, whichever is applicable. To enroll as a special student or a non-degree student, please contact the Office of Admissions. One of the following statuses may be granted:
- Audit Admission. Most courses at the University of Charleston can be audited (taken for no college credit). Enrollment requires submission of a “Non-degree Student Application.” Enrollment is contingent upon class size and availability. Once a course is audited it may not be taken again for credit.
- Transient Student Admission. Students applying with permission from their home college to transfer course credit are encouraged to enroll. Transient students are welcome to complete University of Charleston course work for the purpose of transferring it back to their home institution. A “Transient Student” form must be completed along with a “Non-Degree Student Application.” Enrollment is contingent upon class size and availability.
- High School/University Dual Enrollment.
- Regular Non-degree. Includes individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or more but who wish to enhance job skills, seek additional academic certification or prepare for graduate school. This category also includes individuals who have not completed a degree but who wish personal or professional enrichment. Enrollment requires submission of a “Non-degree Student Application” each semester. Enrollment is contingent upon class size and availability.