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Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students attend KU as non-degree seeking students for a variety of reasons. The below information will provide some basic guidance for your time as a Jayhawk.

Enrollment Overview

New non-degree seeking students can begin enrolling in late April for the summer term, late July for the fall term, and early December for the spring term. Specific dates can be found on the Academic Calendar. New non-degree seeking students do not attend a New Student Orientation.

To Prepare for Enrollment

  • Set-up your KU Online ID.
  • Set-up your KU Email and begin checking it often. 
  • Review the class schedule to view available classes and find any prerequisites required for the class(es) you want to enroll in. 
  • If a prerequisite is required submit the test scores or an official academic transcript to the Office of Admissions then email to request to have necessary prerequisites placed on your KU student transfer record. 
  • University requirements such as instructor and departmental permission are applicable. Look for restricted entry courses marked with "Instructor Consent Required" or "Departmental Consent Required". When necessary, contact the department or instructor to obtain the necessary permission. 
  • Your program determines the maximum number of hours you can enroll in each semester. Most students with a bachelor’s degree already can take a maximum of 20 hours in the fall and spring and 10 hours in the summer. All other students can enroll in a maximum of 6 hours per semester.  
  • Generally Financial Aid and Scholarships are not available for non-degree seeking students. 
  • Some helpful guides can be found on the OUR Adding Classes and the OUR Schedule Changes websites.

After Enrolling