2021-2022 Course Catalog

Non-Degree Seeking Credit Policy

Credit Policy for Non-degree Seeking Students (also applies to Dual Enrollment, Certificates, or Enrichment Course Takers)

Students seeking to take courses without enrolling in a degree-granting program may take up to 24 undergraduate credits. A hold will be placed on the student’s account after 18 credits, and students will need to contact the Advising Office (advising@chatham.edu) in order to register for additional credits. In order to continue taking classes after completing 24 credits, students who are in good academic standing either must apply and be accepted into a degree program, or self-identify as "enrichment course takers" (defined as students taking courses who do not intend to earn a degree) by informing the Office of Academic Affairs. All students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in order to continue taking classes.

Enrichment course takers who have earned more than 24 credits and who then wish to earn a degree must apply for admission. If the student is accepted for the degree, then the eligibility of coursework must be approved by the college of the intended major. Enrichment course takers may continue taking courses in nondegree status beyond the 24-credit limit as long as they maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average; however, credits beyond 24 may not necessarily apply if the student changes to degree-seeking status.

Chatham University does not request or evaluate transcripts for non-degree-seeking students. Non-degree-seeking students wishing to enroll in classes that have prerequisites must get special permission from the department offering the class.

NDS students who have undergraduate degrees may take graduate courses with permission of the director of the appropriate program(s). They may be able apply up to 20% of earned graduate coursework to a Chatham graduate program, upon admission to that program.

Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid through the Federal Stafford Loan Program.

These policies do not apply to non-degree students with faculty or staff status; please check with Human Resources for policies applying to employees.