- Transient & Non-Degree
Undergraduate Transient Students
Transient status allows degree-seeking students enrolled at another institution to take courses which are not offered at their parent institution at Florida State University on a space-available basis. Students must be in good academic standing at their parent institution and (if previously enrolled) at Florida State.
Transient applications may be submitted no earlier than one semester in advance of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.
- Students whose parent institution is a Florida public college or university should apply through FloridaShines.
- Students whose parent institution is a private or non-Florida public college or university should download and complete the transient form below. Approved applications may be emailed to email@example.com with "transient application" in the subject line.
- Students whose home institution is Florida State University should refer to the Registrar's Office for information on how to enroll as a transient student at another institution.
Download Incoming Transient Form
Graduate Transient Students
For information about transient status for graduate students please view the graduate school page.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
If you are interested in taking a course(s) but not earning a degree, you may be eligible to register as a non-degree seeking student (provided you have not already been denied admission to the university as a degree-seeking student). Students often choose to apply as non-degree seeking to complete missing prerequisite courses for graduate school, for career development, or for personal enrichment.
There are two different categories of non-degree seeking student status: those who have previously earned a bachelor's degree (Post-baccalaureate or "post-bacc") and those who will not have a bachelor's degree before enrolling at FSU (Pre-baccalaureate or "pre-bacc").
Post-baccalaureate Non-Degree (holds a bachelor's degree or higher)
- May enroll in either undergraduate or graduate level courses.
- Coursework taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit. Up to 12 semester hours earned as a graduate non-degree student may be applied toward a graduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate department chair and dean upon acceptance into a degree program (provided that a grade of "B" [3.0] or better has been achieved)
- Requires final approval by the Graduate School (applicants who have been denied admission to a graduate program will not be admitted).
- More information can be found on the graduate school page.
Pre-baccalaureate Non-Degree (holds the equivalent to a high school diploma and may have some college courses, but not a bachelor's degree)
- May only enroll in undergraduate level courses.
- Coursework taken as a non-degree student carries no degree credit. Up to 15 semester hours earned as an undergraduate non-degree student may be applied toward an undergraduate degree only with the approval of the appropriate dean upon acceptance into a degree program.
- Requires final approval by the Office of Admissions (applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline to apply as degree seeking will not be considered for non-degree admission).
- Students who are seeking a degree at another institution and wish to take courses at Florida State to transfer back to the home institution should apply as a transient student.
Course registration for all non-degree seeking students is on a space-available basis and, in some cases, may require departmental approval. Students must adhere to the same academic rules that apply to degree-seeking students (e.g., application deadlines, fees, drop/add, withdrawals, grading, retention policies, etc.). Students who subsequently decide to pursue a degree must submit the appropriate admission application. Enrollment as a non-degree student does not guarantee admission to the University as a degree-seeking student. Applicants who have been denied admission as a degree-seeking student or who missed the deadline for submitting a degree-seeking application will not be considered for enrollment as a non-degree student.
Proceed to Non-Degree Application