Non-Degree Students Program

The Non-Degree Students Program offers you the opportunity to take Yale College courses for credit without matriculating as a Yale undergraduate. Most non-degree students have used this program to complete a bachelor’s degree at another university or to qualify for admission to graduate or professional schools.  This is a very small program, enrolling 5 to 10 students each term.  Students admitted to the Non-Degree Students Program are admitted to take a specific number of classes for either one or two terms.


Yale seeks applicants for the Non-Degree Students Program whose academic background, work experience, and community involvement are particularly suited to study at Yale. Successful applicants will present evidence of high academic potential, maturity, and clear motivation for their proposed course of study, and should also have compelling educational reasons to attend Yale as non-degree students. All applicants must have a high school or GED diploma.

If you are enrolled in another college and wish to come to Yale as a Visiting Student, you must have your home institution’s permission before you apply. Non-degree students may take from one to five courses in any academic term, as stipulated in the acceptance letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A non-degree student may take up to eighteen courses at Yale in total. Non-degree students must abide by Yale College’s Academic Regulations and by the rules explained in the publication Undergraduate Regulations.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for non-degree students for the 2013-2014 academic year is $4,900 per course credit. Most courses count as one credit. Labs are one-half credit; languages are one and one-half credits.

Financial aid for the Non-Degree Student Program may be available from the federal government and supplemental private loan programs. Yale does not provide financial aid for non-degree students. Please review the Financial Aid website for more information.

Yale employees are entitled to a tuition reduction. For more information, please contact the Office of Human Resources.


The Director of the Non-Degree Students Program, a member of the Yale College Dean’s Office, is available to help you select courses and provide academic counseling. Please note that Yale does not have a post baccalaureate pre-med program and does not offer pre-med advising to non-degree students.

Housing and Facilities

As a non-degree student, you can use Yale’s library system, as well as all laboratories, computer facilities, and other spaces required for your course work. You are also entitled to purchase a membership at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, purchase Yale Health Plan coverage, and apply for university parking. Even though you are not eligible for student housing, you can still eat with other students by buying a university dining hall meal plan.

Yale College Programs of Study

The Yale College Programs of Study describes Yale College courses in detail. It also contains the Academic Regulations and a chapter on the Non-Degree Students Program that all interested candidates should read.

Contact Information

Please send inquiries regarding the Non-Degree Students Program to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Non-Degree Students Program
P. O. Box 208234
New Haven, CT 06520-8234

Telephone:  203.432.9301
Fax:           203.777.6123