Understanding Non-Matriculated Status

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated students (also called “Continuing Education” or “non-degree” students) are those who aren’t enrolled in a degree-earning program. Continuing Education graduate students are allowed to take undergraduate courses. Understanding what your status is as a non-matriculated student (potential, continuing or returning student) will help guide you to your next step in the academic process at Binghamton. Non-matriculated students can register for classes in winter and summer sessions, as well as regular fall and spring terms.

Financial aid for non-matriculated undergraduate and graduate students is limited; please see this page for more information.

Non-matriculated students who need pre-requisites for admission into the Decker School of Nursing, School of Management or the Watson School, MAY be eligible for government loans.

Non-matriculated students interested in Harpur College or Human Development (HDEV) within the College of Community and Public Affairs are not eligible for Federal loans, because applicants for matriculation are either admitted into one of those colleges or not admitted. Non-matriculated students interested in Harpur or HDEV can apply for private/alternative loans.

Non-matriculated students who are the equivalent of freshmen are not eligible to receive loans as a non-matriculated student.

Undergraduate Education

Are You a Visiting Student?

Students attending and in good standing at other colleges or universities who wish to take credit-bearing courses at Binghamton University may apply as a visiting (Continuing Education) student. Please contact the Continuing Education Advising office with any questions.

Potential student: a person desiring to take classes for the first time at Binghamton University. If you’re a potential student, you:

  • May apply as long as you’ve been out of high school for one year (Exception: Spring term high school graduates may apply as non-matriculated for summer session
  • The non-matriculated student application can be found here
  • May apply as long as you haven’t been suspended from another college or university within the last major semester
  • May not apply to establish eligibility for a student visa if you aren’t a permanent resident of the United States
  • Once you’re admitted, you must make an appointment with a Continuing Education advisor
  • You must fulfill health requirements set forth by Decker Student Health Services Center
  • In-state residents must submit the New York State Residency Status Application with documentation to the Student Accounts office prior to the first day of classes to receive the in-state tuition rate

Continuing student: a student who has taken courses at Binghamton before may continue taking classes part-time (4–11 credits) or full time (12 credits). If you’re a continuing student, you:

  • Must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better; if your GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0, you’ll enter a provisional period of concentrated advising and support to help raise your GPA
  • Non-matriculated students at or below a 2.0 will not be able to matriculate at Binghamton University and are blocked from future registrations
  • May register yourself on the BU Brain registration system; be sure to follow the educational plan established for you during your first advising session
  • May continue taking classes until you meet the 24-credit limit; once this limit is met, you must either decide to matriculate into a degree program or become a Lifelong Learner

Returning student: a non-degree seeking student who has previously taken classes at Binghamton, but not within the last major semester. If you’re a returning student, you:

After the admissions process has been completed for potential and returning students, you’ll receive a letter of acceptance from admissions. This letter will include your “B-Number,” which will be your primary student identification number throughout your time at Binghamton. Later, you’ll receive an e-mail containing a temporary personal identification number (PIN). You’ll need your B-Number and PIN to access all online University systems (including registration, grades and more). You must then make an appointment with the Continuing Education Advising office.

Graduate Education

If you have a bachelor's degree and want to take graduate or undergraduate courses without pursuing a graduate degree:

You must apply for admission to the Graduate School and pay the fee, and you must be formally admitted before you can register.

    • Please read our How to Apply: Non-Degree Study guide for requirements and detailed instructions on submitting a Graduate School Non-Degree application
      • Non-Degree graduate students may take as many undergraduate or graduate courses as desired. However, only 12 graduate credits will be applied to the BU Graduate School upon matriculation.
    • Submit the
Graduate School Non-Degree Application
    • Applicants must also submit a hard copy of their official, final undergraduate transcript; the transcript must verify conferral of the bachelor's degree.
  • Undergraduate coursework taken while a student is enrolled as a graduate student will show on a graduate transcript. However, it will carry no grade points and will not count in a graduate GPA, nor will it count toward the completion of a graduate degree. Credit hours and the quality of work are indicated, but the letter grade is preceded by a "0".
  • Once you have been admitted, make sure to follow the instructions for new non-degree graduate students.
  • Continuing Education students (non-degree or non-matriculated students; including visiting students) pay tuition according to the level of course, but fees according to their student level (undergrad or grad).  

Last Updated: 3/6/15