If you want to enroll in undergraduate classes on campus, but you aren't seeking a bachelor's degree, apply as an undergraduate nondegree student.
Credit earned as a nondegree student may be applied at a later date toward an undergraduate degree. Should you decide to enroll at Iowa as a degree-seeking student, you'll need to submit the appropriate application at that time (for admission as a first-year or transfer student). You may enroll for a total of three consecutive sessions as a nondegree student before reapplication is necessary.
University of Iowa Distance and Online Education offers credit courses and degree-related course sequences. Applicants who plan to take only Distance and Online Education courses (Online, GIS, On-Campus, Off-Campus), but are not seeking admission to a degree program should apply as a Distance and Online Education Student.
Admission Requirements for Nondegree Applicants
- Students still in high school who wish to apply to the university as a nondegree student must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher.
- Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) for students enrolled in an Iowa high school—If you have a high school grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher, your school district may be willing to pay up to $250 toward the tuition for each course you take. Contact your high school guidance counselor to see whether you are eligible for this program.
- Students who have taken coursework at another college must present a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or higher.
- International applicants and applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission to the university
- Apply Now as an undergraduate nondegree student.
- Most nondegree applicants will be charged a $40 application fee upon enrollment, which will appear on the student's first university bill.
- There is no application fee for high school students, Regents Exchange students, and students who are already being charged a fee by a sponsoring department (such as a study abroad program).
- If you are still in high school, have your high school send a transcript to the Office of Admissions, 108 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1396.
- Current or former University of Iowa students do not need to submit UI transcripts, or re-submit transcripts previously submitted to UI from other institutions.
- Your application and any supporting documents must be received at least two weeks before university classes begin.
It will take approximately two weeks for the university to process your application.
- Receive your Hawk ID and access to MyUI—Admitted students will receive a Hawk ID and password to use the university's online student services portal.
- If you forget your Hawk ID, contact Admissions at 319-335-3847 weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you forget your password, request a Password Reset.
- Prepare for class registration—Before you can register for classes, you must meet with an academic adviser, who will either give you a registration number or clear you for registration. Your Admissions Profile in MyUI will provide specific information about contacting your adviser.
- High school nondegree students are advised by the Academic Advising Center (AAC). Other nondegree students are advised by the AAC or an academic department.
- You will register for classes online using MyUI. Your registration date and time will be displayed when you log in.
- Provide proof of immunization—Admitted students are required to show Proof of Vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella before registering for classes.
- Investigate financial aid—Nondegree students at the University of Iowa may qualify for financial aid. For information about the federal regulations related to this, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
- Arrange for parking—If you will own or operate a motor vehicle in the Iowa City area, you must Register Your Vehicle with the university's parking department within 48 hours of bringing it to campus.