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. Such students 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 seeking student he or she must complete the application process for general or transfer admission, whichever is applicable. To obtain permission to enroll as a special student or a non-degree student, applicants contact the Student Solutions Office. One of the following statuses may be granted:
The high school student must consult his or her high school guidance counselor to select the course(s) to be taken, which must supplement and not overlap the high school program.
A student may take a maximum of two courses per semester. The Office of Student Solutions must approve participation each semester. The University of Charleston has three semesters: fall, spring, and summer semesters of eight-week terms each semester, and a variable number of five-week summer semesters annually. Course work done at the University by a pre-college student may count toward the high school diploma if approved by the student’s high school. The course work will be credited toward a University of Charleston degree for those who subsequently enroll as regular students and may be evaluated for credit toward a degree at other accredited postsecondary institutions. Enrollment is contingent on class size and availability.
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. Students will not be able to register for courses until the week prior to the beginning of classes.