University College has an open registration policy. Students with a high school diploma or the equivalent may register in most University College courses. While most University College courses are open to any qualified student, a student who wants to earn a certificate or degree must be admitted to University College as a degree candidate.
Whether taking courses for personal enrichment or pursuing a certificate or degree program, it is beneficial to meet with a University College advisor. You can set up a face-to-face meeting, telephone appointment, or communicate via email. Students must also observe any prerequisites for each course.
Students must pay in full (cash, check, credit card) or provide an approved alternate method of payment (financial aid, employer reimbursement, military benefit, WUSTL tuition benefit or payroll deduction) prior to being registered. More tuition and financial aid information is available on the Tuition + Aid page.
Students may choose among three grading options:
- Letter Grade - yields GPA
- Pass/Fail (Credit/No credit) - no GPA
- Audit/Special Audit
Students may choose the audit/special audit grade option if they do not seek academic credit for the course and do not wish to be responsible for all assignments. Special audit, which includes a reduced tuition rate, is offered on a space-available basis and is not offered for all courses. Students may not change their grade option after a certain date in each session. For specific deadlines, please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines schedule at the bottom of this page.
Note: Washington University employee tuition benefits will apply only to Letter Grade and Pass/Fail options.
Adding a Course
Students can add courses freely until the end of the open enrollment period, which is the same as the last day to drop a course for a 100% refund. After the open enrollment period, you must secure written approval from the instructor and a late registration fee applies. Learn more on how to register!
Undergraduate Students wishing to enroll full-time (12 units or more) must submit transcripts of previous college work and obtain an advisor's approval prior to registering.
Graduate Students wishing to enroll full-time (9 units or more) must obtain an advisor's approval prior to registering.
Dropping/Withdrawing from a Course
Courses dropped by the 100% refund deadline will not be reflected on the student record / transcript. Courses dropped after the 100% refund deadline will be shown as withdrawal (“W”) on the student record / transcript. Tuition refunds are calculated from the date on which the student completes a course change online. Notifying the instructor of your intent to drop, failing to attend class, or notifying University College by fax or phone is not considered an official withdrawal and may result in a failing grade and no tuition refund. Learn more on how to drop a course.
Note: Washington University employees, students utilizing federal financial aid or employer tuition reimbursement, and students called to active military duty should contact us at (314-935-6701) before withdrawing from a course after the 100% refund deadline. There could be financial consequences to withdrawing.
Course Time/Location Changes and Cancellations
Occasionally, it is necessary to change the time or location of a course, or to cancel a course. Changes will be posted online. In the event of cancellation, students will be notified by email. University College establishes minimum enrollments and may cancel classes that do not meet this minimum. Please attend the first day of class unless you are notified that a course has been canceled. Tuition and fees are refunded in the event of a canceled course. Students with questions about the refund policy should contact the University College Student Billing Coordinator at 11 N. Jackson Rd, Ste. 1000, St. Louis, MO 63105-2153 or call (314) 935-6701.
Students may arrange independent study with faculty members. All independent study projects must be described and approved in writing by the independent study instructor and an academic advisor, and are subject to approval by the Registrar and Dean. We do not make verbal arrangements. Registration deadlines and tuition charges vary. Call (314) 935-4444 for more information. Note: Students who are not enrolled in a day or evening program cannot register for summer internships and independent studies.
No more than six units of independent study may be applied toward a Master of Arts, Master of Science, or Doctor of Liberal Arts. No more than six credits of interdependent study may be applied toward a certificate program which requires nineteen units of credit or more. No more than three credits of interdependent study may be applied toward a certificate program which requires eighteen units of credit or less.
For registration and refund deadlines, visit ucollege.wustl.edu/tuition/refunds, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the applicable semester link.
Campus Box 1085
Washington University in St. Louis
11 N. Jackson Road, Suite 1000
St. Louis, MO 63105-2153
Telephone: (314) 935-6700
Fax: (314) 935-6744