Should I complete non-degree student application?You should complete a non-degree student application if you are:
- Wishing to take a few undergraduate courses at the University but who do not intend to work toward a degree at USC.
- A transient or visiting student from another college who wishes to take a few course but will graduate from your "home" college. You must submit written transient permission for those courses from your "home" college advisor. If your college or university does not have their own transient approval form, please use our form. We will not process any transient/visiting application without written approval from your “home” institution.
- A college graduate needing additional credits to qualify for admission to a graduate or professional school. You must supply proof of your degree by submitting either an official transcript showing degree and date awarded or an official letter stating degree and date earned (letter must include registrar's signature and school seal). Please note that a diploma (or copy of a diploma) is considered a ceremonial document and cannot be used for admission purposes.
- Wishing to audit courses. The University does not permit students to repeat any audited courses later for credit. Audit courses cost the same as for-credit courses.
When should I apply?
- Spring 2013 (classes begin January 14): applications must be submitted by November 1, 2012 and all credentials by January 4, 2013
- May Session 2013 (classes begin May 13): applications must be submitted by April 1, 2013 and all credentials by May 1, 2013
- Summer I 2013 (classes begin June 3): applications must be submitted by May 1, 2013 and all credentials by May 17, 2013
- Summer II 2013 (classes begin July 8): applications must be submitted by June 3, 2013 and all credentials by June 21, 2013
- Fall 2013 (classes begin August 23): applications must be submitted by July 1, 2013 and all credentials by August 2, 2013.
Is financial aid or housing available?
Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid or veterans' benefits. In addition, campus housing is generally not available, except during summer terms. An exception is made for National Student Exchange students who are housed on campus during the regular terms.
I am active-duty military. Can I take classes?
Men and women on active duty with the armed forces who do not plan to work toward a degree at this time may be admitted to the University as military special students. The signature of the education officer on the military base is required to certify active duty. Military students may also choose to apply as regular, degree-seeking students by using the University's standard application for admission. Transfer credit for military students will be evaluated only for those students accepted as regular students. No application fee is required for military special students, but the standard application fee must be paid if a military student applies for standard admission.
How do I apply?
The easiest way to apply is by completing an online application. Before you can begin your online application, you must first set up an account with a unique user ID and password. Once you've begun your application, you may save it and return to it as many times as you wish.
What is the application fee?
A nonrefundable fee of $10 is required with this application. Military special students do not pay the fee.
What if I have a problem while completing my online application?
E-mail email@example.com, and state your problem as clearly as possible. Documenting the steps that led up to the error you are encountering is especially helpful. In the unlikely event that you experience an error, troubleshooting assistance is available at this address.
- Students who do not meet Columbia degree-seeking admission requirements may not be eligible for non-degree admission.
- Transient permission from the "home" institution must be granted for all transient (visiting) applicants. However, transient permission from the home institution does not imply or guarantee admission into the University of South Carolina.
- The Office of Undergraduate Admissions determines the appropriate credentials required in order to consider your application for admission. When necessary, we may ask for additional transcripts in order to assess your admissibility, academic preparation, and potential for success as a USC student.
- All non-degree students are admitted on a space-available basis and register for available courses after currently enrolled USC degree-seeking students. In some cases permission of the department of instruction may be required.
- The University of South Carolina will only accept the following documents as proof of degree: an official transcript showing degree and date awarded or an official letter stating degree and date earned (letter must include registrar's signature and school seal). Please note that a diploma (or copy of a diploma) is considered a ceremonial document and cannot be used for admission purposes.
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