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Non-Degree Studies Registration

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Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Registration

The NDS program may be for you if you:

  • need courses to meet NC State admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • want to take courses to transfer to another university.
  • are eager to update professional skills by taking courses or earning a certificate.
  • are a high school student who has exhausted all options in a subject at your high school and want to enhance your high school curriculum with college classes.

Who is Eligible for Non-Degree Studies?

To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:

  • have graduated from high school at least one year before beginning enrollment.
    NOTE: Currently enrolled high-school students may be eligible for the Academic Enrichment Opportunity Program.
  • be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times to remain eligible to continue.
  • have accumulated fewer than 30 hours of total credit as a NDS student. NDS students are limited to a total of 30 hours of credit in NDS status. Students with 29 hours attempted will be allowed to register for the next term even if their enrollment in that future term will exceed the 30-hour limit, but they will not be activated for any subsequent terms once they have accumulated or exceeded 30 hours of credit. For more details, please see the NC State’s policy on Non-Degree Studies Enrollment.
    NOTE: If you previously have been admitted to and enrolled in a degree-seeking program and want to readmit into that program, you are not eligible for NDS. Please visit the readmission into degree-seeking programs page for more information
  • pay a non-refundable $40 processing fee with the NDS application. NOTE: This fee is waived for those applying for admission to an Online and Distance Education degree, certificate or licensure program.

Residency Determination

Effective February 20, 2017, The University of North Carolina System will manage and process all residency determinations. All NDS students requesting in-state residency consideration for tuition purposes are required to complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) form prior to completing the NDS application.

Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) Form 

2019 NDS Application Dates:

Term                                                                            Available From

2019 Spring                                                                   9/17/2018 – 1/3/2019

2019 Summer I                                                             9/17/2018 – 5/13/2019

2019 Summer II                                                            9/17/2018 – 6/20/2019

Certificate Seekers

Students who are interested in pursuing an Undergraduate Certificate are classified as NDS students and must apply to Non-Degree Studies. If you’re interested in pursuing a Graduate Certificate, please consult first with the specific program in which you are interested then apply through The Graduate School.

Registration Details

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of 8 hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility.

All coursework carries degree credit. Most of the university’s academic support services, such as the library, are available to NDS students; however, social, athletic, health and similar non-academic services are not available.

Admission to NDS does not imply admission to an undergraduate or graduate certificate or degree program.

NOTE: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall or Spring. NDS students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to retain their eligibility.

Credit for Degree

Students subsequently admitted to an undergraduate program will have all coursework, including grades, applied to the undergraduate degree total GPA.

Students subsequently admitted to a graduate program may request up to 12 credit hours be transferred into their degree program. Transferred hours are subject to Graduate School approval, rules and procedures.

Non-Degree Studies Enrollment policy

State Authorization

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NC State University has been approved by North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post secondary distance education. For questions regarding state authorizations, please contact the Online and Distance Education office at 919.515.9030 or 866.GO STATE (467.8283).

Non-Degree Studies

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Online and Distance Education
Non-Degree Studies
Campus Box 7555
1730 Varsity Drive 
Venture IV, Suite 236
Raleigh, NC 27695-7555