Non-Degree Students

If you want to take Purdue undergraduate courses but aren't currently or don't plan to pursue a Purdue degree, you likely are classified as an undergraduate non-degree student. There are several scenarios in which students are considered non-degree:

  • local residents who want to take a class for personal enrichment
  • guest college students attending other institutions who want to transfer the credit back to their college
  • high school students who are taking a Purdue course while still in high school
  • students taking a Purdue dual-credit course at high school that participates in the Purdue dual-credit program

If you've earned a Purdue degree and want to continue taking Purdue classes, you should apply as a re-entry student.

Most non-degree students may take no more than seven credit hours per academic term. The only exception to this is limit is guest college students. High school students should exhaust academic options at their school before pursuing Purdue courses as a non-degree student.

Applying and Admissions Criteria 

You should submit your application and required material as soon as possible, but no later than the Monday prior to the first week of classes. 

  • Complete the Purdue application.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee ($60 unless eligible for a fee waiver).
  • Submit an official transcript from your most recent college or high school. 
High School Students
  • If you're a high school student, you must be at least 16 years old and have completed your sophomore year.
  • Complete a High School Non-degree permission form, which must be signed by a parent/guardian and a school official; this is in addition to providing your official high school transcript.
  • You may enroll in a maximum of seven credit hours per academic term.
  • Home-schooled students need to demonstrate they cannot take the desired course(s) at a local high school or community college.
International Students

Purdue requires all international applicants from a non-English-speaking countries to provide an English proficiency test score.

International students should also be aware that Purdue cannot provide visa eligibility documents for an F-1 visa for non-degree programs. International students interested in pursuing a non-degree program at Purdue should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at or (765) 494-5770 before applying to determine if their immigration status will allow for study at Purdue University as a non-degree student. 

Financial Aid

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Admitted Non-Degree Students

Once admitted, you should contact the Office of the Registrar for your Registration PIN, which will allow you to register for classes online. The Registrar's office can also provide additional information, such as course prerequisites, withdrawing, etc. Some courses are closed to non-degree students.

As a non-degree student, you will receive Purdue course credit and a grade. If you decide to enroll at Purdue as a degree-seeking student at a later date, the credit may be applied to your plan of study, depending on degree program in which you're enrolled. Grades earned as a non-degree are included in your permanent Purdue GPA.

Continuing as a Non-Degree Student

If you plan to take non-degree courses in future terms (without a gap of three or more terms between courses), you just need to contact the Registrar's office each term for a new registration PIN. There is a hierarchy to the schedule for class registration and non-degree students are in last group to register. View the registration schedule

If you don't take classes at Purdue West Lafayette for three consecutive semesters (including summer term), you must apply again as a non-degree student. If you've taken courses at another institution since completion of your last Purdue course, you'll need to provide up-to-date transcripts.

High school students must submit a new permission form and high school transcript each semester.



  • Non-degree Students

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