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Graduate Student-At-Large

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.

Graduate Student-at-Large program is not eligible for financial aid.


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.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • SUMMER 2022: MAY 16, 2022
  • FALL 2022: AUG. 22, 2022
  • SPRING 2023: JAN. 10, 2023
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 and the required documents have been received.


An official or unofficial transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree, was conferred. 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

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)

Starting January 1, 2022, University College will cease using the temporary testing options that the University added in 2020. The TOEFL ITP Plus and the TOEFL iBT Home, will no longer be accepted. The traditional TOEFL and IELTS exams will continue to be accepted. Also, the Duolingo exam will be accepted as an official option.

For international student application deadlines and fees, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

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 interested in the advanced certificate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas).  Students holding  F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs.  Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.

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  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



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