Non-degree Students

Typically, non-degree students are those who wish to take courses for personal enrichment or to improve their academic standing before gaining admission as a degree-seeking student. A non-degree student is permitted to take courses at ESU, but is not admitted to any degree-granting program.

Others who may be considered for non-degree status are:

  1. Students enrolled in degree programs at other universities who wish to earn credit to transfer to their home institution;
  2. Applicants who have been denied admission as degree-seeking students and who wish to improve their academic standing;
  3. Eligible senior citizens (see "Senior Citizens"); and
  4. High school students who wish to enroll for courses while attending high school (see "Dual Enrollment") 

Individuals who are interested in applying as non-degree students must complete a Non-Degree application found at

When to Apply

Prospective non-degree applicants can apply starting July 2016 to be reviewed for the Spring or Fall 2017semesters. Applications are only available online at

Deadline for Applying

Spring 2017 Semester

January 11, 2017

Fall 2017 Semester

August 15, 2017

Notification of Admission

  • Applicants will receive communication via the email address provided on the application throughout the admission process.
  • Applicants should be sure to keep their address updated with ESU and check their inbox and spam folders often. Any changes should be emailed to with your full name and ID number.
  • Applicants can also check their status online at for real-time updates.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September. A letter and email will be sent for any decision made.