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What is a Non-Degree Seeking Student?
Non-degree seeking students are just that: students who are not seeking a degree. Even though they don't wish to complete an entire degree program, these students apply for admission with a non-degree seeking status so that they can take just a course or two per semester from Truman.
Non-degree seeking students typically include:
High school students
Students from other colleges and universities (visiting students)
Alumni and other adults taking continuing education, professional development, or enrichment credit
Students intending to enroll at Truman eventually, but who want to see how they do in a class or two before formally applying.
If you are not a regularly-enrolled student at Truman State University, but are interested in taking a course or two with us, we would love to have you!
Non-degree seeking students may apply to take one or two courses (up to 8 hours) per semester for credit or non-credit (audit) at Truman.
Non-degree seeking students must reapply and be approved for each term in which they wish to enroll.
Visiting students who are enrolled at other colleges or universities and who are interested in taking one or two courses at Truman for transfer credit must be in good standing at their institutions.
The Admission Office retains the right to request full academic documentation from non-degree seeking or visiting students.
Admission as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee eventual acceptance as a degree-seeking student.
Students who eventually decide to seek a degree must complete the full application for admission and submit all school transcripts.
The University reserves the right to limit the amount of non-degree seeking credit that may be applied toward a degree at Truman if taken prior to completion of application requirements into undergraduate or graduate study.
How to Apply
The process for applying to Truman as a non-degree seeking student varies depending on whether or not you have previously earned an undergraduate degree.
Who should submit the Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking application:
High school students (except for those applying for the Truman Institute's Competency-Based Mathematics program or Dual Credit (Currently only offered at Kirksville and Hermann High Schools)
Undergraduate students attending other colleges or universities
Adults who have not earned an undergraduate degree
Who should submit the Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application:
Anyone who has completed a Bachelor's Degree (even if they only plan to take undergraduate-level courses)
Important: On the second page of the application titled "Enrollment Information," in the drop down menu next to "Program," select the "Non-Degree-Seeking" option.
Important: Students taking Truman's Professional Development courses for educators in the St. Louis-area do not need to provide transcripts with their applications. See the program page for details.
The level of scrutiny your application will face will depend on the discipline you are interested in studying, and your prior level of experience.
In some instances, the assessment of your application can be completed by the Truman Institute or the Graduate School (as is often the case with Non-Degree Seeking students). However, for classes in areas that require certain pre-requisites, your file will need to be reviewed by faculty in the appropriate department. Our faculty might even call or e-mail you to ask you to clarify your background. This isn't done to scrutinize you, but to make sure you're ready for the learning experience you are about to undertake. Truman's programs have a reputation for quality. We want to make sure you are prepared for the rigorous learning experience our programs offer.
Once you've been accepted you will be notified by either the Graduate School, the Truman Institute, or both, depending on the type of application status you've chosen.
If the only courses indicated on your application are Professional Development Courses, Online Graduate Certificate Courses, or regular undergraduate courses for which you meet all of the prerequisites and other requirements, a member of the Truman Institute staff will manually register you.
You will then receive an email (at the email address you put on your application) confirming your registration in the course(s) and providing you with your Truman username and student ID number as well as instructions for setting up your student account (TruView), accessing the online course platform (Blackboard), accessing and paying the tuition bills, resources for online students, and contact information for various offices on campus for if you have questions or problems.
If you did not list a course on the application or if there are obstacles to enrolling you in the course (pre-requisite requirements, account holds, etc.), you will be contacted by the Truman Institute via phone and/or email.