Non-degree students are those who attend classes without intending to complete the work required to obtain a degree. They are admitted to the institution through the Office of the University Registrar. As they are not seeking a degree, they are not obliged to present their previous academic work for evaluation. Registration is on a space available basis with priority given to degree-seeking students. Non-degree students begin registration five days before the start of each term.
Non-degree students are not classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. Neither are they classified as part-time or full-time.
Non-degree students are limited to enrolling for eight credits during the spring and fall semesters, and four credits during J-term. They may register for a combined total of sixteen credits during the summer sessions. A maximum of 24 credits taken at St. Thomas on non-degree status may be applied to a degree program. A non-degree student who wishes to change status and pursue a degree program must make a formal application for admission through the Office of Admissions.
Academic and disciplinary sanctions (probation, suspension, dismissal) apply to degree and non-degree students alike.