Graduate Student-At-Large

Non-Degree Programs

The Graduate Student-at-Large program provides an opportunity for qualified individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree to register for day and evening courses in the college of Arts & Sciences on a non-degree basis.

The program is designed for:

  • Individuals who need additional course work in preparation for graduate or professional school.
  • Individuals who wish to enroll in graduate courses on a part-time basis for personal or career enrichment.
  • Individuals who wish to try out a few graduate courses before seeking admission to a graduate program in University College.
  • Graduate students in good standing from another St. Louis area college or university who wish to enroll in courses not offered at their home institution.

Policies and Procedures

  • Eligibility for Graduate Student-At-Large status includes an earned bachelor’s degree at another accredited college or university, and a 3.0 minimum final cumulative grade point average. Demonstrated achievement in professional and other work-related experiences also will be considered in evaluating applications.
  • A Graduate Student-At-Large is eligible to register for evening graduate courses offered through University College or day undergraduate courses offered through Arts & Sciences. Individuals who wish to register for day graduate courses in preparation for a graduate degree program in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University are required to apply for non-degree study through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
  • All course enrollments are on a space-available basis and must be approved by the instructor and a University College advisor.
  • A Graduate Student-At-Large is eligible to register for a maximum of six units (normally two courses) of graduate course work in a single semester. The student is eligible to register for a maximum of nine units (normally three courses) of undergraduate course work in a single semester.
  • A Graduate Student-At-Large may take courses for a letter grade, audit, or Pass/Fail.
  • Students register for courses through University College and pay tuition in full at the time of registration. Students are charged day tuition rates for day courses, and evening rates for evening courses.
  • Graduate Student-At-Large status will be terminated if a student receives a grade of F, or if the student’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 at any time.
  • Permission to register under this arrangement does not constitute admission to a degree program at Washington University. Qualified students may apply for admission at a future date to one of the degree-granting divisions of the University.
  • A maximum of three courses taken during Graduate Student-At-Large status may be applied to a graduate program in University College with authorization by University College. All courses applied to a graduate program must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Courses taken as Graduate Student-At-Large may be applied to a graduate or professional degree program at another division of Washington University with authorization by that academic division.
  • Federal or institutional financial assistance is not available for the Graduate Student-At-Large.
  • International students are eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.


On-campus housing is not available to Graduate Students-At Large during the academic year. Off-campus housing, however, is available. For more information about housing options please contact the Office of Residential Life or Quadrangle Housing.


Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Request an Appointment

Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.

Elizabeth Fogt
Elizabeth Fogt
Academic Advisor
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application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 |