This student has fulfilled the admission requirements of the university and a particular school and is enrolled in a bachelor’s (four-year) degree program or a health sciences preparatory program. A degree-seeking student may engage in studies as either a full-time student (12 credits or more per semester) or as a part-time student, and may enroll for day and/or evening classes.
Furthermore, a degree-seeking student may pursue a program of study in one of the following ways:
A student who meets the requirements for undergraduate eligibility may enroll for credit as a nondegree-seeking student in day and/or evening classes at VCU without seeking admission to a degree program.
Undergraduate nondegree-seeking students are advised about course selections and aided in educational and vocational planning by the University College. Such students are ineligible for financial aid.
Permission to enroll as a nondegree-seeking student does not ensure later admission as a degree-seeking student. Continuance in this status is dependent on academic performance, and nondegree-seeking students are subject to the continuation regulations stated in this chapter.
The undergraduate nondegree-seeking student may pursue course work in one of the following categories:
Credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record. There is no limit placed on the number of credits that can be earned in this classification. Nondegree-seeking students who wish eventually to earn a baccalaureate degree at VCU are encouraged to seek admission to a degree program before accumulating 22 semester credits.
Nondegree-seeking student advising
Nondegree holders or degree holders who wish to take undergraduate classes are advised through the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Nondegree-seeking Student Advising Program in the University College. Nondegree-seeking students must meet eligibility requirements (see Nondegree-seeking student guidelines section of this bulletin), are limited to a maximum of 11 credits per semester and are not eligible for financial aid. Nondegree-seeking degree holders (those students who already hold a baccalaureate degree) may take more than 11 credits, but also are not eligible for financial aid. Academic advisers assist nondegree-seeking students by providing educational planning and information about university resources and regulations. Nondegree-seeking degree holders who wish to register for graduate courses need to contact the specific academic department for advising. The University College is located in Hibbs Hall, 900 Park Ave., First Floor, P.O. Box 842002, Richmond, VA 23284-2002. Phone: (804) 827-8648. Fax: (804) 827-4511.