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 2021 to be reviewed for the Spring or Fall 2022 semesters. The application is available online at

Admission Notification

  • Applicants will receive communication throughout the admission process via the email address they provided on the application.
  • Applicants should keep their address updated with ESU and check their inbox and spam folders. Email any changes to with your full name and ID number.
  • Admissions decisions may be communicated by email and/or postal mail.  Applicants can also check their status online for real-time updates.