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As a non-degree seeking student

Non-degree seeking (NDS) applicants apply for admission each semester and visiting students may attend William & Mary for one semester only. With the exception of visiting students during fall and spring, there is no maximum or minimum number of credits that non-degree seeking student may take at W&M during a given semester. However, students taking twelve or more credits in a semester will be charged all general fees (this and other must-know policies and resources should be reviewed in full).

Generally, non-degree seeking applicants must present academic or other credentials comparable to those of admitted full-time students.  W&M does not accommodate non-degree seeking status requests from traditional college applicants who are initially denied admission or persons not eligible to return to the last institution attended.  The College reserves the right to deny admission to convicted felons.

How to Apply

Generally, the application deadline is 10 days before first day of term, although extensions may be available to W&M graduates.  All NDS applicants complete a Non-Degree Application and, if applicable, the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition privileges (see the forms page).

For application and additional details, select your current status from the following:

To register for graduate courses in the Department of History, non-degree seeking students must follow the guidelines established by the department. Please visit the Department of History web site for details. 

Once you have submitted your application, please watch for email notification of receipt, next steps, and information on how to activate your William and Mary UserID. This will be emailed to the email address you provide on the application.  If you have not received this email within a week of the beginning of the term, please contact our office or the appropriate graduate school office:

Registration Deadlines - Spring 2016
Search for Classes

October 30 - January 29

How to Register

January 20 - January 29

Last Day to Apply

January 11

Review Tuition and Refund Rules/Dates

January 29

Registration Begins

January 20

Classes Begin

January 20

Last Day to Register

January 29

Last Day to Withdraw

March 18

Registration Deadlines - Summer 2016
Search for Classes

Sessions 1 and 3:  March 21 - May 30

Session 2:  March 21 - July 4

Session 4:  March 21 - May 15

How to Register

Sessions 1 and 3:  March 21 - May 30

Session 2:  March 21 - July 4

Session 4:  March 21 - May 15

Last Day to Apply

Sessions 1 and 3:  May 20

Session 2:  June 24

Session 4:  May 6

Review Tuition and Refund Rules/Dates

Last Day to Register

Session 1:  June 3

Session 2:  July 8

Session 3:  June 10

Session 4:  May 27

Registration Begins

March 21

Classes Begin

Sessions 1 and 3:  May 31

Session 2:  July 5

Session 4:  May 16

Last Day to Withdraw

Session 1:  June 17

Session 2:  July 22

Session 3:  July 8

Session 4:  July 1

Registration Deadlines - Fall 2016
Search for Classes

March 28 - September 2

How to Register

August 24 - September 2

Last Day to Apply

August 15

Review Tuition and Refund Rules/Dates

 September 2

Registration Begins

August 24

Classes Begin

August 24

Last Day to Register

September 2

Last Day to Withdraw

October 21


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If you have any additional questions, please contact our office.