A visiting/non-degree/transient student is one who is still enrolled in high school or has begun his or her education at another college or university and intends to return there. The university permits full- and part-time study in the summer as well as during the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment must be for credit-bearing courses.
Qualified high school students in Northeast Ohio may attend classes at Case Western Reserve through the College Credit Plus Program. The Pre-college Scholars Program offers highly motivated students a chance to enroll in challenging college courses prior to high school graduation. Case Western Reserve has limited seats available in this selective and competitive program. Students must have pursued a rigorous curriculum and achieved academic excellence in all course work. Additional factors considered in admission are the applicant’s standardized test scores (ACT, PSAT, SAT, or other tests of aptitude and/or academic achievement), as well as the applicant’s academic goals and level of maturity. Pre-college Scholars may take a maximum of two courses per term. They attend regularly-scheduled classes with undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve, and must be able to work well independently at the college level.
Summer Term Enrollment
Students from other colleges or universities or high school graduates who are not degree candidates at Case Western Reserve University may complete a Visiting Undergraduate Student Summer Application. Applications will be reviewed on a date received basis, but must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of summer classes.
Academic Year Enrollment (Fall/Spring)
Students attending other colleges or universities, who are in good academic standing and eligible to return to their previous institution, may apply for full or part-time status. A visiting student during the academic year need not apply for formal admission to CWRU, but must submit the Visiting Undergraduate Student Fall/Spring Application.
Full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing at the participating schools listed below may, without incurring any additional tuition charges, enroll for one undergraduate course each semester at CWRU. Enrollment is on a space-available basis, and students must meet the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take. Graduate courses, independent studies, and internships are restricted to students in the Cross Registration Program. Cross registration is available during fall and spring semesters only. Complete the Cross Registration Form.
The participating institutions are:
A partnership program in nursing between University of Hawaii and Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing welcomes applications from University of Hawaii students, who have been approved by their home university, to spend a semester at Case Western Reserve. University of Hawaii students interested in applying for the exchange program must submit the University of Hawaii Exchange Student Application.
A partnership program in nursing between University of the Virgin Islands and Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing welcomes applications from University of the Virgin Islands' students, who have been approved by their home university, to spend a semester at Case Western Reserve. UVI students interested in applying for the exchange program must submit the University of the Virgin Islands Exchange Student Application.
International students are invited to submit an application for consideration to enroll in the summer, fall, or spring terms. We require the completion of the Visiting International Student Application (non-exchange). International students complete an essay and provide official transcripts, TOEFL scores, and financial documents as outlined in the application.
Adults who do not already hold an undergraduate or advanced degree may apply through the Office of Undergraduate Studies to enroll for credit in courses for which their education or experience has qualified them, even though they are not pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Case Western Reserve University permits full- and part-time study as a non-degree student during the fall and spring semesters or during the summer session. Enrollment must be for credit-bearing courses. (Persons who already hold undergraduate or advanced degrees and wish to continue their studies without actively pursuing an additional degree should apply to the School of Graduate Studies.)
Applicants are expected to provide a transcript from the most recent college or high school attended. They must meet all prerequisite requirements before being admitted to specific courses. Those who have been degree-seeking students at Case Western Reserve University or have been denied admission to Case Western Reserve as an undergraduate transfer student are not eligible to attend as non-degree undergraduates.
Non-degree students are required to perform up to the same academic standards as degree candidates. In particular, non-degree students whose records would make them eligible for separation as a degree candidate at Case Western Reserve University may not continue as transient students unless they successfully petition the Academic Standing Board.
A non-degree student who wishes to become a degree candidate must apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Courses taken for credit as a non-degree student may be applied toward the degree upon acceptance as a degree candidate.
The Special Audit Program provides the adult student with the opportunity to attend a regular university course as a serious but informal observer at half the regular tuition. This program is available only to those not enrolled in a degree program at Case Western Reserve University. Special audit students receive no grades and no academic credit for the courses attended. No transcripts will be issued, but a certificate of attendance will be provided if requested.
Registration for this program is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. No transcripts are necessary to register.
Case Western Reserve University's Course Audit Program for Senior Citizens (CAPSC) allows senior citizens (age 65 and older) to take on-campus courses at a reduced tuition rate. Additional information is available from the CAPSC Coordinator.