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Non-Degree Students

Undergraduate Non-Degree and Transient (Visiting) Students


Non-Degree
(any of the following situations)

  • A student who has not received a bachelor's degree,
  • A student who is not currently enrolled at an institution,
  • A student who is taking undergraduate courses but not pursuing a degree, and/or
  • A student who has completed a bachelor’s degree and taking courses as prerequisites to another program.

Please note: Non-degree admitted students are not eligible to switch into a degree program at WVU at a later time. Those interested in a degree-seeking program must apply as such for the term.

Transient (Visiting)
A student currently enrolled at another institution who would like to pursue West Virginia University credit to transfer to that institution.


How to Apply as Undergraduate Non-Degree or Transient (Visiting) Student


This application process is solely for courses offered at WVU Main. Courses listed with section codes "T" or "P" are offered at WVUIT-Beckley or WVU PSC-Keyser, respectively. Students must apply to the appropriate campus to be eligible to register for courses offered. Course listing at courses.wvu.edu will also list the campus for each section.

If you are unsure of how to apply to WVU, please fill out this form. International inquiries are encouraged to fill out the form before applying to ensure all requirements are known and met when applying.

  • Non-degree and transient (visiting) students must meet the minimum University admissions standards and must follow admissions requirements.
  • Non-degree students must supply the University with transcripts reflecting all previous college work prior to admission.
  • Transient (visiting) students may have their institutions provide a Statement of Good Standing from their current institution in lieu of transcripts to
    • WVUAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu or
      Office of Admissions
      West Virginia University
      P.O. Box 6009
      One Waterfront Place
      Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.
  • International students need to provide an official statement of good standing indicating an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or an official transcript from the last college attended. Please note: WVU cannot issue student visa sponsorship for international non-degree applicants.
  • Non-native speakers of English are required to submit one of the approved test scores, outlined on this website.

For course enrollment, if you are unsure if you need prerequisite review, email Marie.Pavlik@mail.wvu.edu prior to submitting your application.

  1. Apply to WVU through the Application.
    • If you do not already have a WVU application account, create an account by clicking on the Sign-Up link at the bottom of the screen. If you have a WVU provided email, it may be used to Sign-Up for an application account but it does not automatically grant you access to the application portal.
    • Sign In using your existing or newly created application account Username (email address) and Password.
  2. Complete the application with your information and the following:
    • Select West Virginia University at Morgantown Campus
    • Student Type: Transient (Visiting) or Non-Degree (dependent on situation)
    • Answer the International Applicant question
    • Program: Special or Non-Degree
    • Term: Select the appropriate term for which you wish to enroll as a transient (visiting) student
  3. Fill out all required areas of the application (designated with a red dot).
  4. Submit the application with your $50 application fee for processing.
  5. Applications are deemed complete and ready for review with official transcripts from the institution (for non-degree students not currently enrolled at an institution or visiting students who need to show prerequisite requirements for enrollment in coursework) or an official Letter of Good Standing from the institution (for visiting students who do not need to show prerequisite requirements for enrollment in coursework) are received. Please refer to the contact information for Admissions listed above to have these documents sent on behalf of the applicant.
  6. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will process your admission request. This can take a few business days to process.
  7. Applicants, once admitted, will receive a communication with their WVU Identification student number, MIX email address, and advising contact information. All non-degree and transient (visiting) students are responsible for registration and withdrawal.

University Policies & Standards


Even though you are not pursuing credits towards a WVU degree, you are considered a WVU student and expected to follow the same policies, procedures, and behavior guidelines.

All course withdrawals follow the Office of the University Registrar’s policy, the Add/Drop Dates for Partial Term Courses, and the Withdrawal and Refund policies of the Office of Student Accounts. Partial term course information can be obtained in your student schedule in your WVU Portal Account.


FAQs

Yes, non-degree students must meet the minimum University admissions standards and must follow admissions requirements. Non-degree students must supply the University with transcripts reflecting all previous college work prior to admission. Transient (visiting) students may provide a Statement of Good Standing in lieu of transcripts.

All transient and non-degree students are active for one semester. If you need to take another course in a future semester, you will need to submit a new transient or non-degree application for that specific term.

Fees are assessed by residency status (resident of West Virginia, non-resident of West Virginia) at the time of application under CLASS. Refer to the chart labeled for the current academic year for WVU Morgantown On-Campus, Undergraduate CLASS at tuition.wvu.edu/undergraduate/morgantown-campus#table-0. Additional fees may apply depending on course registration and will be listed in the course section notes prior to registration. If you are taking courses as a student at another WVU campus (WVU Keyser or WVU Beckley), please select the appropriate campus for tuition rates.

Start at http://courses.wvu.edu. If you are looking for online-only courses, after selecting the term, input the following:

  • Subject
  • Course Number (if you know the WVU Equivalent)
  • Campus: WVU Main/Morgantown Campus Course

Keep in mind, the more filters applied to the search, the fewer results may generate as the search process matches for all filters applied.

WVU offers courses in multiple modalities. Meeting days, times, modality, and building/room locations will be displayed in the course listing for each section offered.

For online courses, you’ll use eCampus, one of the most sophisticated World Wide Web-based educational environments, to register for and take your courses.

Course descriptions are viewable for download and print on the course catalog Web page under Print / Download Options - WVU Morgantown – Undergraduate Courses [PDF] . Students are encouraged to contact the listed instructor to obtain a syllabus.

No. If you are interested in graduate coursework, you will need to apply to WVU as a graduate student.

Yes. You will repeat the application process as a Visiting or Non-Degree student as you did before. The Readmitted Student Applicant type is for those wanting readmission to a degree program at WVU.

Follow the directions below for claiming your account. Please allow yourself 15-20 minutes to claim your account, change your password, set up Duo Two-factor Authentication, register for the course, and pay your bill.

Obtaining your WVU ID Number:

  1. Visit https://login.wvu.edu.
  2. Click on the Look Up WVUID.
  3. Follow the directions to retrieve your ID by using your Date of Birth and Social Security Number.
  4. Keep this number secure and ready for the next set of instructions.

If you need assistance, call ITS Help Desk at (304) 293-4444.

Claiming your WVU account:

Next, you will need to Claim your Account to get your username and change your password. You will need to claim your account at https://login.wvu.edu/. Note: If you receive the error message “We can't find you. Double-check your information and try again.” please wait 24 hours and try again.

  1. Click on Claim Account
  2. Follow the directions on the screens that proceed with your First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth and your newly acquired WVU ID number from the first paragraph of directions. (If you have a previous name with WVU or other institutions, please attempt that name as well if your current name does not generate results.)
  3. Review the WVU Security Responsibility Statement and click Accept.
  4. Answer the Cybersecurity Quiz. Once you have received a passing score, click Next.
  5. Fill out the information to have a non-WVU recovery contact. Click Next.
  6. You will see a screen that says ALMOST DONE! with your username in bold. (This is separate from your WVU ID number. Usernames are used for login purposes and can change with a name change. WVUID numbers do not change.) Click on Next Step: Create Your Password.
  7. Type in your newly acquired Username.
  8. You will be asked to Choose a Method to verify you are the correct person to change your password. After you have received the verification code, type the code in the box and click Next.
  9. Set your password using the parameters indicated. Click Change Password.

If you need assistance, call ITS Help Desk at (304) 293-4444.

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Required

You may be prompted the first time you sign into the WVU Portal to enroll in Duo Two-Factor Authentication. Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your username and password for any kind of account. It means you have to confirm your identity in two ways – with something you KNOW and something you HAVE. Duo is the application that WVU is using.

All WVU users (faculty, staff, and students) are required to enroll in this additional security. There are two ways an account can be enrolled: 1. the use of the Duo app on an approved smart device or 2. through the purchase of an approved token.

Setting Up Duo on a Phone or Tablet (Public)

To prepare for set up, make sure you are able to access your device’s app store, and that your phone or tablet has enough storage space to download the Duo Mobile app. You will need access to a computer and have your device in hand to complete setup. Duo Mobile works with Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile 8.1 and 10.

How do I set up Duo on my phone?

  1. Go to your phone’s app store and download the free Duo Mobile app. While it is downloading, move on to the next step.
  2. Using your computer, go to a WVU system that requires you to log in using your WVU username and password (e.g., portal.wvu.edu). After entering your credentials, you’ll be prompted with the Duo setup screen. Click Start setup.
  3. Select Mobile phone and click Continue.
  4. Select the country that provides cellular service to your phone, then enter your phone number. Make sure that you entered it correctly and click the associated box. Click Continue.
  5. Select your type of phone, then click Continue.
  6. Open the Duo Mobile app on your phone, then click I have Duo Mobile Installed on your computer screen.
  7. Follow the platform-specific instructions on your computer screen to activate Duo Mobile on your phone. Hold your phone’s camera up to the QR code on your computer screen. After scanning the activation code successfully, a green checkmark will appear on your computer screen. Click Continue.
  8. Your phone number will display under ‘My Settings & Devices’. From here, you can change how you send the authentication prompt to your phone. The most convenient option is to automatically send your device a Duo push notification, so you don’t have to manually send yourself a notification every time you try to log in to a WVU system. Once you’ve made your selection, click Continue to Login.

How do I set up Duo on a tablet?

  1. Go to your tablet's app store and download the free Duo Mobile app. While it is downloading, move on to the next step.
  2. Using your computer, go to a WVU system that requires you to log in using your WVU username and password (e.g. portal.wvu.edu). After entering your credentials, you’ll be prompted with the Duo setup screen. Click Start setup.
  3. Select Tablet and click Continue.
  4. Select your type of tablet, then click Continue.
  5. Open the Duo Mobile app on your tablet, then click I have Duo Mobile Installed on your computer screen.
  6. Follow the platform-specific instructions on your computer screen to activate Duo Mobile on your tablet. Hold your tablet's camera up to the QR code on your computer screen. After scanning the activation code successfully, a green checkmark will appear on your computer screen. Click Continue. If you don't have a camera on your tablet, click Email me an activation link and follow the email instructions.
  7. Your tablet's information will display under My Settings & Devices. From here, you can change how you send the authentication prompt to your tablet. The most convenient option is to automatically send your device a Duo push notification, so you don’t have to manually send yourself a notification every time you try to log in to a WVU system. Once you’ve made your selection, click Continue to Login.
  8. You’re done with setup! Now authenticate with Duo (refer to How to Authenticate with Duo directions).

How to Authenticate with Duo (Public)

After entering your Login credentials, you must use Duo two-factor authentication to verify your identity to access WVU systems. You can choose to authenticate with the Duo Mobile app or enter a passcode.

Your authentication will remain active for 24 hours in this browser session. If you close the browser or switch to another browser, you must authenticate again. After 24 hours, your authentication will expire, and you must re-authenticate.

How do I authenticate with the Duo Mobile app?

  1. From the Duo prompt screen, click Send Me a Push. If you adjusted your settings to automatically send your device a push notification, you don’t need to click this button. Note: If the notification does not appear on your device immediately, open the Duo Mobile app to see the notification. Make sure your device settings are adjusted to receive push notifications.
  2. Open the push notification on your device and tap Approve. Note: If you receive an authentication request that you didn’t initiate, click Deny. Then change your password immediately.

How do I authenticate with a code?

  1. From the Duo prompt screen, click Enter a Passcode.
  2. Acquire a single-use passcode using one of these methods:
    • Open the Duo Mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Click the Show link next to the hidden passcode to reveal a code. This is a great option of you don't have cellular service or Wi-Fi access.
    • If you have a Duo display token associated with your account, press the green button on your token to generate a code.
  3. Use a backup code that you generated at login.wvu.edu. Make sure to mark off used codes on your printed list.
  4. Enter the passcode and click Log In.

Please read through the steps provided by ITS and if you have questions or need assistance, call ITS Help Desk at (304) 293-4444.

Instructions can be found at registrar.wvu.edu/registration. Please note: instructions may require signing into your WVU Portal Account. For issues with registration please contact Marie Pavlik at marie.pavlik@mail.wvu.edu for assistance.

Information Technology Services has published a list of student resources from tech recommendations, self-help guides for set up, and information about free and discounted software available.

You can use the search textbooks feature on the Official Barnes & Noble College Booksellers page: http://wvu.bncollege.com. This is the official bookstore of WVU. If the course is taught through the WVU Health Sciences Center (examples: Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry), there is a separate WVU Bookstore site for those courses: http://wvu-hsc.bncollege.com.

You will be able to request your transcripts at the end of the term through your WVU Student Portal Account or with the Office of the University Registrar. Transcript requests will not be processed if there is a balance due on your account.

Marie Pavlik, Senior Program Coordinator, can assist you via email at Marie.Pavlik@mail.wvu.edu. If you would like to schedule a phone call or a zoom meeting, just include this request in your email.

Mountaineer ID cards might be required to receive services, access buildings, and take exams in person or proctored. Information about obtaining your Mountaineer ID card is at wvu.edu/faq/how-do-i-get-a-student-id-card.

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