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Non-Degree Students

Students entering Nesbitt Hall

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health recognizes that some students may wish to complete courses at Dornsife without necessarily being in a program that leads to a degree.

Students often choose this option because they wish to take coursework for professional growth and not toward a particular degree program.

Admission

Non-degree or “non-matriculated" student applicants are required to:

  • meet the minimum admission criteria,
  • receive credit in all courses taken, and
  • maintain good academic standing.

Undergraduate applicants:

Applicants should review the non-matriculated option and complete the application for part-time undergraduate admissions.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials required for the evaluation of your application are received by the Office of Admissions before the deadline, so make sure to review the deadlines for undergraduate applicants and Drexel's academic quarter calendar.

Graduate applicants: 

Applicants should apply though the Drexel University Admission Application. To begin your application, choose "Create an account" under "First-Time Users." If you have already started an application, please select "Log in" under "Returning Users." Once your user account is created then you will have the option to select "non-matriculated."

Non-matriculated applicants should provide a completed application, copies of transcripts, and a 500-word essay. Please contact the department directly to ensure that they allow non-matriculated students in the class you intend to take.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials required for the evaluation of your application are received by the Office of Admissions before the deadline, so make sure to review the deadlines for graduate programs and Drexel's academic quarter calendar.

Overview of University Policies for Non-Matriculated Students

  • Admission into your program of interest as a non-matriculated student is not guaranteed. Registration approval is based on space availability.
  • Admission to a degree program will be based on all criteria required at the time of application, plus performance in relevant courses under non-degree status.
  • Completion of courses by non-degree students does not obligate the university to grant admission to a degree program at a later date.
  • Non-degree students who do not maintain good academic standing will not be approved for further study.
  • Non-degree status does not qualify for federal financial aid programs.
  • Students must follow the university policy for the maximum number of credits allowed in a term. Students interested in enrolling in more than the maximum credits allowed in this status must apply for admission into a degree or certificate program. Although credits taken in this status might apply to a degree program, a student who is admitted to non-degree status has no assurance that work completed under this status will be applicable toward degree requirements should the student subsequently apply for and be admitted to a degree program.
  • Please refer to the Office of the Provost's academic policies regarding undergraduate students and graduate students for more information on academic standing.

Current Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated students at Drexel who wish to apply for matriculation status should consult with their academic advisor, who will submit a Change of Curriculum and Status (CCS) form.

All non-matriculated students who reach the university credit limit and desire a degree must request matriculation into the degree program.