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3.4.1 - Admission/Enrollment as a Special Student

An applicant who does not desire to pursue a degree program may seek admission as a Special Student only after advisement from the department housing the program.  Special Student status is granted under restricted circumstances such as professional advancement or recertification.  Special Student status is not granted to students wishing to enhance their application.

Special Student status does not ensure acceptance into a degree program.  Special students are not eligible for financial aid.  International students attending on an F1 visa are not eligible to enroll as a Special Student.

Special students must apply through the online application. The application deadline for special students is two (2) weeks before the first day of class.  Enrollment must be completed one (1) week prior to classes starting in any term.  Enrollment as a special student is subject to the approval of the college, instructor(s) and the Graduate College dean (if applicable).  Graduate College applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited college or university.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours or three (3) terms, whichever comes first.  A maximum of twelve (12) credit hours earned as a Special Student may be applied as credit toward a degree if approved by the admitting program or college dean.  Credit earned as a Special Student may be petitioned to be counted toward a degree program provided the criteria for full standing admission is met at the time of admission.

For assistance, please contact the college offering the course or the Office of Admissions and Records at (405) 271-2359.

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