Non-Degree Seeking Undergraduate Student Policy


The purpose of this policy is to define Columbia College's admission and enrollment procedures for non-degree seeking undergraduate students.


This policy applies to non-degree seeking undergraduate students at Columbia College.


The non-degree seeking status is designed for part-time students who do not seek an academic degree at Columbia College. Students who wish to apply for non-degree seeking status must complete the non-degree seeking application for admission. Acceptance as a non-degree seeking student is not automatic. Enrollment as a non-degree seeking student neither guarantees automatic admission to degree-seeking status, nor does it necessarily impact an admission decision. Students enrolling at Columbia College under this non-degree status may be considered for degree-seeking status in a subsequent semester by completing the full degree-seeking application process. Non-degree seeking students cannot change/update to degree seeking in the middle of an academic semester.

Non-degree seeking students are required to remain in good academic standing (not on academic or disciplinary probation). Non-degree seeking students who do not enroll in one or more consecutive semesters (Main Campus Day) or six consecutive sessions (Main Campus Evening and Nationwide/Online locations), must reapply for non-degree admission. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

International students who wish to enroll part-time at Columbia College may be considered for admission as a non-degree student. Students must be degree seeking to be eligible for a SEVIS I-20 Form from the College at applicable locations. Students in F-2 status must apply as a non-degree student and enroll in courses that are avocational or recreational in nature. Non-degree seeking international students must show proof of English proficiency.

Enrollment for non-degree seeking students is on a space-available basis only. Course selections may be limited. Many courses include prerequisite/corequisite requirements. (See course descriptions for details regarding specific courses). Non-degree seeking students must provide proof that course prerequisites have been met prior to enrolling in the respective course(s). Failure to meet these preliminary requirements may result in being dropped from the course(s). Classification (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior) will be determined only by the credits students have completed at Columbia College.

Main Campus Day Non-Degree students only:

  • Non-degree seeking students who enroll in twelve or more hours are considered full-time students (and thus will be charged the full-time tuition rate)
  • Enrolling as a non-degree seeking student does not negate the residence hall requirement (applicable only to enrollment as a full-time student)

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