A non-matriculating student (can also be referred to a non-degree or visiting student) is a student who wishes to take courses at Rutgers during the fall and/or spring semesters, but is not pursuing a Rutgers degree.

 

Who may apply for non-matriculated undergraduate enrollment?

  • Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the U.S. and wish to take undergraduate courses, but not earn a second bachelor’s degree.
    • These students are often interested in completing undergraduate courses as pre-requisites for admission to graduate and professional programs.
  • Students who have graduated from high school, have been matriculated at another college or university, and wish to take courses to transfer to their home institution.
  • Adults who wish to take courses for personal enrichment or career advancement but are not seeking a Rutgers degree.
     

Who should not/can not apply for non-matriculated undergraduate enrollment?

  • Students who wish to take courses during the summer or winter. Should NOT complete the undergraduate admissions application; instead, see the Summer Session or Winter Session websites.
  • International students planning to attend on a student (F-1) visa must enroll in a degree program. They may not enroll on a non-matriculating basis.

 

How many and what courses can I take as a non-matriculated student?

  • Non-matriculating students may enroll on a space-available basis and may take a limited number of courses (up to 12 credits).
  • The ability to take specific courses is not guaranteed, and will be on a space available basis. Most non-matriculating students will register at the beginning of each term after degree student registration is completed.
  • Business courses and STEM courses including biology, chemistry, calculus, computer science, and engineering are not available to non-matriculating student.

 

Non-matriculating students can not:

  • Complete or receive a degree.
  • Enroll in more than 12 credits unless specific approval is granted upon completion of the initial 12 credits.
  • Earn degree credits or a grade-point average -- Grades earned will appear on the transcript as E-prefixed and will not be included in any calculations of GPA or degree credits
  • Current/former Rutgers students cannot apply through admissions.  Use of the School to School or Reenrollment application is required to change to another school or reenroll with Rutgers.
  • Enroll in graduate-level courses -- Apply to Rutgers Graduate Admissions.
  • Receive financial aid.
  • Receive a transcript evaluation of course work completed elsewhere -- except to verify prerequisites for upper level courses, if needed.

 

How do I apply for non-matriculated undergraduate enrollment?

  • Students who have not previously attended Rutgers as a degree seeking student and wish to be considered for non-matriculating status must submit the following:
    • Application for Undergraduate Admission
    • First Year Applicants – final official high school transcript
    • Transfer Applicants - All college transcripts and proof of having obtained a bachelor's degree (if applicable)
    • The $70 non-refundable application fee
  • Applicants for non-matriculating study complete the same application as applicants for matriculated study.
  • To be admitted for non-matriculated enrollment, students must meet the same admissions requirements as matriculating applicants. Students must be competitive for admission the same as any other applicant., see how we make decisions for more information on our application review process.
  • Students who have previously attended Rutgers as a degree seeking student and wish to return to take courses on a degree or a non-degree (non-matriculated basis) would apply through the re-enrollment application.

 

First-Year Non-Matriculating Applicants May Apply to:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

 

Transfer Non-Matriculating Applicants May Apply to:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • School of Management and Labor Relations
  • Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Off-Campus programs

 

Note the following schools DO NOT allow students to apply non-matriculating and do not offer courses to non-matriculating students:

  • School of Engineering
  • Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick
  • School of Nursing
  • Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts