Taking Credit Courses
At a Glance
- Anyone can take credit courses at the U, regardless of whether or not you are in a program.
- One Stop allows you to search all Twin Cities campus courses. Simply pick a term and area(s) of study. You may further narrow your search by selecting delivery method or course level.
- If you are interested in being admitted to a U of M degree (which is different from registering for courses individually), see the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or admission links for Graduate and Professional schools.
Taking Classes as a Non-Degree Student
If you take an undergraduate course and are not officially admitted to a U program, you are considered a College of Continuing Education "non-degree" student. No application or transcripts are required. Grades will be listed on your U of M transcript. Credits may count toward a degree program should you be admitted to one in the future (to ensure these credits fulfill your prospective program's requirements, consult with that program ahead of time).
If you would like to speak with someone about your options, contact the CCE Information Center at 612-624-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer walk-in advising at our St. Paul campus office every weekday from 10 a.m. until 1p.m.
- Deciding on a Course
- Registering for Courses
- After You Register
- Changing Your Registration
- Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
Deciding on a Course
You may want to start with a single course, especially if you are balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. But how do you find that course? Here are some tips to help you make your selection.
Choosing a course
- Undergraduate credits, regardless of how old, may still count; avoid taking courses similar to anything you have already taken.
- Choose a course at the appropriate level.
- Pay attention to course prerequisites. If you think you have the equivalent status or background to succeed in the course, or if the course requires a class permission number, contact the appropriate department.
If you are considering a degree
- Undergraduate degree: Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and pursue admission as soon as possible. See the full list of programs and majors for more information and requirements.
- Graduate degree: If you are considering a graduate degree, see Graduate and Professional schools for links to specific admission criteria, procedures, application, etc. This is especially important, as most graduate and professional programs require that a certain number of required credits be completed after admission.
Registering for Courses
When to register
Non-degree students are eligible to register any time during "Open Enrollment," which starts after degree student registration. Open enrollment dates are:
- Fall 2016 term: On or after May 6, 2016
- Spring 2017 term: On or after Dec. 2, 2016
See the academic calendar for other important dates, such as when the term starts and ends, finals week, deadlines for changing your registration, future term registration dates, and holidays.
If your initial registration for that term occurs on or after the first day of the term, you are subject to a late registration fee.
Before you register
One Stop: Take a moment to familiarize yourself with One Stop, the main source for all up-to-date registration policies and procedures, deadlines, course offerings, and financial aid information.
Registration form tips:
- See Abbreviations and Terms if you have questions.
- You will usually need to select your grade basis to determine how you will be graded unless a course is specified "A/F-only" (letter grade A-F) or "S/N-only" (satisfactory or no credit).
- Courses required for a major must be taken for a letter grade (A-F) unless the course is specified as S-N.
- If consent (permission) is required to register for a course, contact the department offering the course for specific information and procedures.
Visiting students: Check with your home college about accepting credits taken at the University of Minnesota.
How to register
Undergraduate-level courses (usually course number 5000 and below):
If this is your first time registering for classes at the U of M, or if it has been two or more terms since you last registered, you will need to activate your record through One Stop.
- Registering Online: Follow the steps outlined on the One Stop. Please note that the first step, activating for non-degree registration, can take up to three business days to process.
- Registering by Postal Mail: Print and complete the PDF version of the Registration and Cancel/Add Request form. Fax or mail the form to One Stop as directed on the form.
- Registering In Person on campus: Register at any one of the three One Stop Student Services Centers.
Graduate-level courses for graduate credit (course number 5000 and above):
Under special circumstances, you may be required by a program to enroll in a specific course and have the credit posted to a graduate transcript. Follow these steps to register for graduate-level credit.
Note: Students who take a course for graduate-level credit will pay the graduate tuition rate on all courses for the term. If you have any questions, contact the program you are taking the course for or call 612-624-4000.
After You Register
Initiate your University online account
- When you register, you will be assigned a University e-mail account. Initiate your account as soon as possible after you receive your student ID number. Your student ID number is listed on your Enrollment Summary.
- Your U of M online account allows you access to resources, including your online record, UM Pay (the online payment system), and more. Also, all official U of M communication including class changes, billing, and other important information will be sent to this account. Check your U of M e-mail account regularly.
- If you have problems with Internet access or e-mail, call the University's Help Line at 612- 301-4357.
Pay your bill
- You will not receive a paper bill for your tuition and fees. An e-mail notice will be sent to your University e-mail account when your online billing statement is ready.
- As a non-degree student, you must pay all charges, in full, by the first billing due date of the term. Full payment must be received (not postmarked) by the billing due date. Students whose courses are canceled due to non-payment may have a hold placed on their record to bar future CCE non-degree registration.
- For complete information about billing and payment, including where and how to pay, see Pay the University.
Familiarize yourself with University policies
All students must follow University policies concerning academic work and student life.
- Attendance at the first class meeting is required or you may lose your seat.
- All students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress or SAP. (Read these SAP standards if you receive financial aid.) Progress is reviewed following every fall and spring semester, and is considered satisfactory when both your term grade point average (GPA) and your cumulative GPA are 2.0 or above.
- Other important policy resources
Obtaining a U Card
Student ID cards, or U Cards, are not required, but you will need one to access many things on campus, such as the libraries, computer labs, and recreational facilities.
Changing Your Registration
All changes to your registration must be officially made by the published deadlines.
- Cancelling a Course: If you decide not to take a course after you have registered, cancel it immediately. You are responsible for applicable tuition and fees up to the date your official cancellation is received. Refund amounts are issued according to the refund rate in effect on the date of cancellation. See Cancellation and Refunds for more information.
- Changing Your Grade Basis: There is a limited period of time at the beginning of every term during which you can change your grade basis. Grade basis changes after the deadline are rarely approved.
- Adding a Course: There is a limited period of time at the beginning of every term during which you can add a course. Late registrations often require instructor permission and may require college approval.
- Late Registration Changes: Changes requested after the published deadlines usually require college permission. To request a change after the published deadlines, fill out a College of Continuing Education (CCE) Petition Form. Obtain an approval signature from the instructor, if required. Submit your completed petition form to the College of Continuing Education Information Center. The College of Continuing Education Scholastic Committee will review your request and you will receive written notification via e-mail of the Committee's decision within seven working days.
For additional information, see One Stop or contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center to discuss applicable policies, procedures, and deadlines.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
Tuition is dependent on several factors, including student classification and program, residency status, and reciprocity status. In addition to tuition, you will be charged fees based on a variety of criteria.
- You pay the undergraduate resident tuition rate if you receive undergraduate credit and you are not registered as a graduate or professional degree student.
You pay the graduate resident tuition rate if you are registered for a graduate-level course (5xxx or above) and are taking it for graduate credit. The amount per credit depends on your college or program.
You pay professional school tuition if you are registered for a course from one of the professional schools (Carlson School; Nursing; Dentistry; Pharmacy; Public Health; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine) or are working on a departmental master's.
- If you take a graduate-level course for graduate credit, you will be charged the resident graduate or professional school tuition rate for ALL credits you take during the term, regardless of whether all classes in the term are taken for graduate credit.
Financial Aid Resources
Scholarships and grants and a number of other financial resources are available to help College of Continuing Education students further their education and reach their goals. CCE scholarships and grants provide funding for more than 200 students a year. Awards average $500 to $2,200, and do not need to be repaid. Don't assume you will not qualify; we encourage you to apply.