Non-degree students are those who attend classes without intending to apply any credits earned to obtaining a degree at St. Thomas. There are two types of non-degree students: (1) those participating at St. Thomas in university-approved international exchanges or inter-institutional partnerships; (2) independent non-degree students.
(1) Non-degree students who are participating in university-approved international exchanges or inter-institutional partnerships are subject to the credit limits and registration times determined by the conditions of the exchange or partnership in which they are participating. Academic and disciplinary sanctions (probation, suspension, dismissal) apply.
(2) Independent non-degree students 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. Independent non-degree students begin registration five days before the start of each term; they are not classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. Neither are they classified as part-time or full-time. They 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. An independent 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. A maximum of 24 credits taken at St. Thomas on independent non-degree status may be applied to a degree program. Academic and disciplinary sanctions (probation, suspension, dismissal) apply.