Nondegree-seeking students may register for up to 11 credit hours each semester at Virginia Commonwealth University. Read more about nondegree-seeking admissions.
How to apply
VCU is now accepting online applications from nondegree-seeking students. If you need to apply in-person, please view the FAQ section below.
How to register for classes
We strongly recommend that those who plan to pursue a nondegree to degree-seeking admission path work closely with an academic advisor in University Academic Advising.
Transient students, or those who plan to complete degrees elsewhere, are encouraged but not required to see an advisor.
Yes. Nondegree-seeking students can also apply in person at Records and Registration in the first floor of Harris Hall. Questions about this process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a picture ID and the following:
- New student form
- Certificate of Eligibility form
- Course request form [DOC] (or register with eServices later)
- Application for in-state tuition [DOC] (If you are under 24, a portion of this form must be filled out by a parent or legal guardian if you wish to apply for in-state residency.)
Once enrolled, students can register for classes through eServices. Information on enrollment changes, overrides, course load and advising is on the Registration page.
I know which course(s) I plan to complete, can I register on my own?
Yes. Registration tutorials are linked here. We recommend if you are pursuing a nondegree- to degree-seeking pathway to admissions that you work with an academic advisor each semester. To schedule an appointment, call University Academic Advising at (804) 827-8648 or log into your Navigate to view your assigned advisor’s appointment availability.
To confirm how your prior courses transfer to VCU, you can use this course equivalency chart.
If you are pursuing the nondegree- to degree-seeking pathway, you need to request your official transcript from all prior institutions. These include any dual enrollment or AP/IB credits you received while in high school as well as any prior institutions you attended as a student. This is the easiest way to ensure you will not run into any course restrictions.
If you already submitted your official transcripts to VCU, please work with VCU’s Transfer Center to request your transcripts posted to your account. Information to have on hand when working with our Transfer Center include the course you completed.
Some courses at VCU are program- or major-restricted, which limits the options nondegree students are eligible to complete. As a nondegree-seeking student, you are not yet able to declare a major, which limits you to courses that are not program- or major-restricted.
Nondegree-seeking students must complete an application for admission as a degree-seeking student to be admitted into a degree program.
As a nondegree-seeking student, you have access to the same resources our degree-seeking students do. This includes Student Success services like the Writing Center and the Campus Learning Center, health services like Student Health and University Counseling Services, advising through University Academic Advising, professors, and student clubs and organizations.
If you are active military, a veteran, or a military dependent student, there may be additional resources for you as well through our Military Student Services Offices. Please visit their website for more information.
First, confirm you’ve met the following requirements during your time as a nondegree student:
- You have earned 15 credits at VCU over the course of at least 2 semesters.
- Your current GPA is a 2.0 or higher.
Then, complete an application for admission as a degree-seeking student to be admitted into a degree program.