Admission for nonmatriculated students (non-degree-seeking)
Nonmatriculated status is for students who want to take courses for credit but are not earning a degree. When enrolled in a nonmatriculated status, you cannot earn a degree but a grade is earned and full credit is awarded and recorded on a UW transcript for any courses taken. Credits earned as a nonmatriculated student usually transfer to other institutions. If you are later accepted into a matriculated status at the Tacoma campus, courses earned as a nonmatriculated student may be applied to your undergraduate degree requirements, with some restrictions.
Applicants interested in taking graduate level courses should consult the graduate program offering the course for further information and application procedures for Graduate Nonmatriculated (GNM) status.
How to apply
Applications must be completed by the application deadline. Applicants seeking matriculated status may have admission and registration priority over nonmatriculated applicants.
Limits on nonmatriculated enrollment
- Applications for nonmatriculated enrollment are considered on a space-available basis after all on-time and complete matriculated applicants have been reviewed.
- Nonmatriculated students cannot register until the first week of the quarter. Consequently, course selection may be limited.
- Students attending as nonmatriculated may accrue no more than 45 credits in that status (some exceptions may be allowed). The number may vary by program. If you are considering switching to matriculated (degree-seeking) status, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as 45 of the last 60 credits of a baccalaureate degree must be earned as a matriculated student in residence at the Tacoma campus.
Earning a certificate as a nonmatriculated student
If you are applying to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Nonprofit Management certificate programs — and are not a current UW Tacoma student — you should apply as a nonmatriculated applicant. Please review the program requirements for guidance in making a successful application and additional application requirements.