Wesleyan offers the following opportunities to take undergraduate courses on a nondegree basis. All nondegree students are subject to the following policies:
- An application is required; students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent (with the exception of High School Scholars) and must be approved for admission by one of the programs below.
- Admission to nondegree status does not constitute admission to Wesleyan University. Nondegree students who wish to apply for admission to Bachelor of Arts degree candidacy may do so through the Office of Admission and those who wish to apply for admission to Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree candidacy may do so through Continuing Studies. Their applications will be reviewed according to the same rigorous standards as those of other candidates for admission. Nondegree undergraduates who become admitted to degree candidacy will be expected to satisfy normal degree requirements. Please note that candidates admitted as first-year students may only count two non-Wesleyan credits taken prior to matriculation (admission to degree candidacy) toward the degree.
Auditor. Subject to any conditions set by the instructor, permission to audit does not include permission to have tests, examinations, or papers read or graded. Wesleyan alumni and members of the community who are not registered students are permitted to audit undergraduate courses, subject to the following conditions:
- That the auditor register their contact information with the registrar’s office;
- That the presence of an auditor not compromise undergraduates’ access to the course;
- That the auditor receive permission of the instructor;
- That the terms of the auditor’s participation in the work of the course be mutually agreed upon in advance with the instructor;
- That no academic credit be awarded to an auditor and no transcript issued.
Center for Prison Education. Wesleyan offers the Center for Prison Education, awarding undergraduate credit to incarcerated students who are admitted to and complete courses in the center. All students in the center are subject to Wesleyan academic and nonacademic policies as well as center policies. Center courses are offered on-site at the correctional institution.
Community Scholars. Admissions will be handled by Continuing Studies; admissions of international students will be reviewed by the director of the Office of Study Abroad. Individuals accepted for this category may enroll in up to four courses per semester with the instructors’ approval as long as their enrollment does not displace a degree-seeking student. The tuition is a per-credit charge, based on Wesleyan’s full-time tuition. Housing and financial aid are not available. For information about becoming a Community Scholar, please visit wesleyan.edu/nondegree/.
Residential Scholars. Admission will be handled by Continuing Studies; admission of international students will be reviewed by the director of the Office of Study Abroad. Individuals accepted for this category must enroll full-time, pay full tuition, and live in university housing. Financial aid is not available. For information about becoming a Residential Scholar, please visit wesleyan.edu/nondegree/.
High School Scholars. Wesleyan permits outstanding juniors and seniors from selected area high schools to take one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester at Wesleyan. Application is made through the guidance counselor at each high school. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admission. Permission is granted by the course instructor.