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Nondegree/Visiting Advising

Students who study at American University without formal admission are referred to as nondegree students. PLEASE NOTE: "Continuing Education" is now referred to as nondegree.

Nondegree students should request enrollment through the college or school at AU that offers the course(s). For a list of departments and programs in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), please see the CAS homepage. If you have any questions regarding the nondegree process in the College, please email Mike Galaviz at mgalav@american.edu or call 202-885-2439 or view the CAS Advising staff page for more information about a specific major.

For courses offered in one of the other 4 schools at American University, contact a graduate or undergraduate advisor at the following links:

School of Public Affairs (SPA)
School of International Service (SIS)
School of Communication (SOC)
Kogod School of Business (KSB)

Many nondegree students take advantage of the following AU programs:


You are eligible to study at American University at either the undergraduate or graduate level as long you meet all prerequisites or restrictions for the course as noted in the Schedule of Classes. Students admitted into a degree program at any other Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area schools are not permitted to take classes as a nondegree student. You must also be in good standing with any other college or university in which you are currently enrolled. Students suspended or dismissed from another institution during the past year are not eligible to enroll as nondegree students at AU. International students are not eligible for student visas under nondegree status.

Registration Dates and Deadlines

FALL 2014
The Fall semester begins Monday, 25 August. Due to priority registration in effect for the Fall, nondegree students requesting undergraduate classes (1xx, 2xx, 3xx and 4xx) will be allowed to register from 1 to 22 August. Students requesting graduate level courses can register now. Please be aware that late registration is in effect from 25 to 28 August and will incur a late fee.

To request a class as a nondegree student, simply fill out and submit the nondegree information form in the right margin. 

Nondegree Student Enrollment

See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses being offered. Once you find an open course that is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, simply submit the nondegree information form located in the right margin. We recommend that you submit your form as soon as possible. The 2013-2014 Academic Calendar lists important dates and deadlines for your course so you should review it thoroughly. 

RETURNING STUDENTS: If you have taken a class as a non-degree student in the past, please email Mike Galaviz at mgalav@american.edu. Be sure to include your full name, AUID, the complete course number you're requesting. If there is a prerequisite listed on the Schedule of Classes, please be sure to note how you satisfy it by including the course information we would normally see on your transcript such as the complete course title and number, date taken, school and the grade you received.


Nondegree students pay the same tuition as admitted students, no matter the grade type you choose(i.e., A/F, Pass/Fail, or Audit). Please see the AU Registrar for current tuition and fees. A typical 3 credit hour course will have a tuition around $4,200, not including fees. Payment is made at the time you register for the course and can be done online using a checking or credit card or in person at AU Central located in Asbury 200.

Financial aid, grants, and merit awards are not available for nondegree study. To qualify for financial aid, students must apply for admission.

Nondegree Information Form

This form is only for NEW nondegree students. If you've taken classes in nondegree status before, see the information for Returning Students on this page.

The College will need up to 5 business days to review your request. Within 5 business days, you should expect an email containing more information about how to register for the class online.

After submitting this form, look for an email receipt which will confirm we've received your request and will ensure you entered your email address correctly.

Please feel free to use the Comments/Notes section to enter any questions, comments or concerns that you feel might be important as we review your information.

Nondegree Information Form