Non-matriculated status is for students who want to take courses for credit but are not earning a degree.
When enrolled in a non-matriculated 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 non-matriculated student usually transfer to other institutions.
If you are later accepted into a matriculated status at the Tacoma campus, courses earned as a non-matriculated student may be applied to your undergraduate degree requirements, with some restrictions.
Limits on non-matriculated enrollment
Applications for non-matriculated enrollment are considered on a space-available basis after all on-time and complete matriculated applicants have been reviewed.
Non-matriculated students cannot register until the first week of the quarter. Consequently, course selection may be limited.
Students attending as non-matriculated 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 non-matriculated student
If you are applying to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Nonprofit Studies certificate programs and are not a current UW Tacoma student, you should apply as a non-matriculated applicant. Please review the program requirements for guidance in making a successful application and additional application requirements.
How to Apply
Applications must be completed by the application deadline. Applicants seeking matriculated status may have admission and registration priority over non-matriculated applicants.