Visiting/Non-Degree Student FAQs
I’m unable to register myself for a course because of pre-requisites, but I have the knowledge necessary to be successful in the course. What should I do?
Email the instructor to explain your interest and academic background and ask for permission to enroll. If the instructor emails back providing permission, forward that message to Amy Yearwood and she will register you or place you on the waitlist if space is not available.
I tried to register for my course, but there is a waitlist. How can I get into the course?
Visiting/non-degree students have the lowest priority in gaining enrollment in coursework. You should plan to remain on the waitlist and attend the course the first week to find out whether there is space. Departments must accommodate degree-seeking students first, so it may not be possible for you to enroll in your course of choice if there are space limitations.
I am a minor (under 18) and I was unable to register myself for coursework in SIO. Why is that?
As a minor, there are only certain courses in which you are able to enroll. You must contact Amy Yearwood, your visiting student advisor, to discuss your schedule. She will let you know what coursework is available to you that matches your interest and she will enroll you in the course(s) you choose.
I am an international student - will Carnegie Mellon University sponsor my visa to study as a visiting student?
Unfortunately, CMU does not provide visa documentation for our visiting/non-degree students, only for degree-seeking students. If you are an international student who already has a valid visa to study in the U.S., you are welcome to participate in the visiting student process. If you do not have a valid visa, then you will not be able to take coursework as a visiting student at CMU.
I dropped my course(s), but the tuition charge is still on my account – what do I do?
If you dropped the course(s) by the first drop deadline (to receive tuition adjustment) then the charges should come off of your account. Contact Amy Yearwood if this does not happen. If you dropped the coursework after that date, then you are responsible for the charges on your account. If there were extenuating circumstances behind your need to drop after the deadline, you can submit the Tuition Appeal Adjustment (pdf) form to request that a portion or all of your tuition to be refunded/removed.
I am a staff member, but tuition charges are showing on my student account. Aren’t my staff benefits supposed to cover those?
Make sure you have followed the appropriate process to request your tuition remission benefits. If you have followed the process, but the remission still has not been applied to your student account, reach out to the CMU Works Service Center (see page 5 of the VND Guide).
Can I take graduate level coursework as a visiting/non-degree student?
It is ultimately up to the instructor whether or not you are able to enroll in a course if there are restrictions. If you attempt to register for a graduate course and are unable, email the instructor to explain your interest and academic background and ask for permission to enroll. If the instructor emails back providing permission, forward that message to Amy Yearwood and she will register you or place you on the waitlist if space is not available. If you are a staff member, keep in mind that you will have to pay taxes on tuition benefits for graduate coursework over a certain amount.
The semester has already begun, but I only want to audit a course, do I have to register as a visiting/non-degree student?
Yes, you must first have a non-degree student record and become enrolled in a course before you can request to audit it. Refer to the visiting/non-degree webpage and guide (pdf) to learn about deadlines and how to enroll as a non-degree student. After you become enrolled, you can submit the appropriate form to request an audit grade option.