Non-degree and Auditor Program

Non-degree and Auditor Program

Berea College offers an exceptional educational experience for members of the surrounding community interested in taking courses for personal enrichment and educational gain, but not necessarily planning to pursue a degree at this time.  Once accepted as a non-degree student, the student must get written approval from the Berea faculty before enrolling in their classes.


Additional Information

  • Non-degree students are limited to 2¼ credits per each regular term (except employees and retirees who are limited to 1 credit) and 1 credit per summer term without permission of the Enrollment Policies Committee.
  • All community members accepted in the non-degree program will be required to work with the Associate Registrar (First Floor Lincoln Hall) to register for classes.
  • Written permission from the instructor is required before registration will be processed.
  • To remain eligible for the non-degree program at Berea College, a student must earn a C or higher in all courses.
  • The following courses are not available to non-degree students:Applied music lessons, Internships, Independent/Team Initiated Studies, Directed Studies, General Studies Required (GSTR) Courses
  • All non-degree students, except auditors, will have the option of using a College laptop computer in conjunction with their courses during the term of enrollment. Non-degree students may elect not to use a laptop but will not receive a reduction in the registration fee.
  • There is no limit to the number of courses taken, but no more than 6 credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward a Berea College degree (This does not apply to high school students and Berea College employees).
  • Former degree seeking students at Berea College are eligible to enroll as non-degree students. Credit earned as part of the non-degree program in these circumstances may not count toward a degree at Berea College.
  • Non-degree students are not subject to the same financial restrictions for admission that apply to degree-seeking students. However, financial aid is not available for any non-degree fees, course fees, or additional fees while enrolled at courses at Berea College.
  • All courses taken at Berea College will appear on a permanent Berea College transcript.
  • Final grades will be recorded for non-degree students who withdraw after the last day to withdraw from a course.
  • All students are expected to follow the official policies of the College as outlined in the Student Handbook.


  • Fall Term - August 1
  • Spring Term - December 1
  • Summer Term - April 1


Supports the cost of enrollment for a non-degree student. This fee is waived for Berea College regular, full and part time employees, their dependents, retirees, EKU employees, and high school students who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

$100 for the Fall or Spring Term, $50 for the Summer Term. 

How to Apply

Fill out the form below or download the PDF version and complete the appropriate sections of the Non-degree Application. Return completed form to the following address/office or to your high school counselor:

Office of the Registrar, Attn: Nondegree Program CPO 2168 Berea, KY 40404