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Non-Degree Enrollment Steps

If you would like to register for a course at The George Washington University and are not enrolled in a degree or certificate program, you need to apply as a non-degree student. This includes Corcoran Continuing Education Certificate students, who must also apply as non-degree students.   A variety of courses are open to non-degree students at GW’s Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon, and Virginia Science & Technology campuses, as well as online and at other off-campus and contracted sites.


Application Requirements

A non-refundable application fee of $25, payable by check or credit card, is required. Applicants who choose the check option will not be processed further until the check arrives.  This fee is waived for GW alumni at GW and for current GW faculty and staff.  References, standardized test scores, and transcripts are not required for non-degree applicants for general study. Additional requirements and fees may apply to international students and students applying to special programs.


How to Enroll as a Non-Degree Student

The following are the steps required to enroll as a non-degree student at GW.

  1. Review GW’s tuitionFor Corcoran Continuing Education courses, please visit the Corcoran Continuing Education courses page for costs.

  2. Read about GW courses and enrollment policies to learn about GW’s course numbering system and general limitations on non-degree enrollment. 

  3. Search the Schedule of Classes to identify the course or courses in which you with to enroll. Make note of the course(s) dates, time, location, and any course-related fees. For Corcoran Continuing Education schedule of courses go to the Corcoran Continuing Education courses page.

  4. Apply for admission as a non-degree student.  Select “General Study” if you are not applying to one of the special non-degree programs listed on the application.  The system maintains your confidentiality through the assignment of a personal identification number and allows you to complete the application at your convenience.

  5. As soon as you receive confirmation of your eligibility to register as a non-degree student, use the GWID provided in the e-mail to create your GW NetID and GW e-mail account.  The NetID is required to access GW systems, and the GW e-mail will be the address to which the GW sends all official communications, including your student e-bill.

  6. Enroll in the course(s) you have selected by following the registration instructions included in the e-mail confirming your non-degree status.

    • You will be able to register through GW’s online system (GWeb), unless the class falls under one of the other types of courses listed under Classes Not Available on GWeb

    • If you are unable to register online, you will need to follow the process for paper registration, using either the Registration Transaction Form –EZ (RTF-EZ) or the standard Registration Transaction Form (RTF).  Guidelines for both forms are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

    • NOTE: Information about creating a schedule and registering for class are provided online.  If you have problems registering, please call theOffice of the Registrar at (202) 994-4900 during office hours.  Be sure to have your GWID number ready.

  7. Acquire a GW ID card from the GWorld Office

  8. If you are under the age of 26, DC law required that you submit the Mandatory Health Form to Student Health Services, prior to the first day of class.

  9. Prepare for class:

  10. Log-on to Blackboard, GW’s online course management system.

  11. Check the GW Bookstore to see if course materials are available.

  12. Find your class location(s) on the campus maps.

  13. Pay your bill.


If you need to make adjustments to your schedule:

Adjustments to your schedule may incur tuition charges and/or fees as described under Tuition, Fees, Billing & Refunds.  Adding and dropping courses as even exchange is possible without financial loss if both transaction requests are made during the same class week and are for an equal number of credit hours.