Student Enrollment Status

Enrolled students are certified during each quarter of study as enrolled full-time, half-time, or less than half-time.

Note: Ordinarily College students are not allowed to enroll in fewer than 300 total units of registered course credit at any time. Please refer to the College Catalog for further information.

Full-Time

A status that is accorded to all students enrolled who undertake an academic workload consisting of any combination of courses, work experience, research, or special studies that is considered a full-time workload. The following classifications of students are considered full time:

• Students who are enrolled in 300 or more total units

• Master's students in the School of Social Service Administration and in the Urban Teacher Education Program who are enrolled in 200 units and non-credit practicums

• Ph.D. students in any quarter of enrollment

• Medical students who are enrolled in 100 units

• Students in degree or non-degree seeking programs who are considered full-time equivalent due to the nature of their program of study or research as authorized

Half-Time

The following classifications of students are considered half time:

• Students who are enrolled in 200 to 299 total units, unless for other specified reasons they are considered full-time. 

• Master's students in the School of Social Service Administration and in the Urban Teacher Education Program who are enrolled in less than 200 units and non-credit practicums 

Less Than Half Time

The following classifications of students are considered less than half time:

• Students who are enrolled in 25-199 total units, unless for other specified reasons they are considered half-time or full-time

•Students enrolled in non-credit exams or coursework

Students in Extended-College status

The Office of the Dean of Students in the College may approve a sub-status of Extended-College for those students who have completed required course registration and are choosing to graduate the end of that quarter or a subsequent quarter. Students approved for such status will be assessed a quarterly fee to maintain Extended-College status. Such students may hold Extended-College status for the remainder of the academic year in which they were approved for such status. While registered in Extended-College status, students may remain enrolled in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (unless they had waived the insurance for that policy year), and will be assessed the quarterly student life fee (unless they are residing more than 100 miles from campus). Students in Extended-College status also retain their Ratner Athletic facility and library privileges for the duration of this status.

If the student does not graduate before or by the end of summer quarter, they will be registered for a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the next academic year, beginning autumn quarter. Students on LOA do not have any of the above-mentioned privileges. Students on LOA may enroll for U-SHIP Continuation Coverage through the on-campus United Healthcare Student Resources Office (provided they were enrolled in U-SHIP immediately prior to the LOA).

Visiting Students

Students from other institutions or other visitors with no current institutional affiliation may enroll at the University of Chicago in one of the four following statuses depending on either the academic reason for attending the University of Chicago or existing arrangements between the University of Chicago and another institution.

Undergraduate Non-Degree Visitors are advanced undergraduate students pursuing a degree at another institution who would benefit from undertaking research at the University of Chicago. Undergraduate non-degree visiting students are:

• Allowed in summer quarter only; 

• Considered to be in full-time student status;

• Registered through the appropriate area Dean of Students or the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies;

• Charged a Non-Degree Visitor fee as well as other mandatory fees;

• Required to have health insurance;

• Eligible to participate in laboratory-based research;

• Not eligible to enroll in courses at the University (thus exempt from the immunization requirements); and

• Given student privileges such as access to the libraries, student housing, athletic facilities, and electronic networks.

Undergraduate non-degree visiting students must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems. This status is available for the summer term only and will not be extended. Summer term is understood to extend from the first day after the end of the spring quarter to the last day before the beginning of the autumn quarter; this is meant to accommodate differences in the academic calendars of institutions world-wide.

Graduate Non-Degree Visitors are advanced graduate students pursuing a graduate level degree at another academic institution, who are at the research or writing stage, and who temporarily work on their research project with a faculty member at the University of Chicago. Graduate non-degree visiting students are:

• Considered to be in a full-time student status;

• Charged the Non-Degree Visitor fee per quarter as well as other mandatory fees;

• Eligible to participate in laboratory-based research;

• Not eligible to enroll in courses at the University (thus exempt from the immunization requirements);

• Not allowed to take on a teaching position with the University; and

• Given student privileges such as access to the libraries, student housing, athletic facilities, and electronic networks

Graduate non-degree visiting students must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems. This status is available for no more than four consecutive quarters, including the summer quarter. This status may be extended by up to four consecutive quarters upon recommendation of the faculty sponsor and the area Dean of Students and with the approval of the Executive Vice Provost.

A student who has been offered and has accepted admission to a graduate program at the University of Chicago may join the University as a non-degree visiting student for the summer immediately preceding the beginning of graduate studies with the University. Summer term is understood to extend from the first day after the end of the spring quarter to the last day before the beginning of the autumn quarter.

Exchange Students are students at another institution who come to the University under an exchange agreement between the University and their home institution. The exchange agreement will stipulate the specific arrangements. However, generally, exchange students are:

• Considered in a full-time student status;

• Not eligible to enroll in UChicago Student Insurance or to use on-campus Student Health Service;

• Not charged University of Chicago tuition;

• Not charged University of Chicago mandatory student fees;

• Charged any applicable course fees such as lab, book, or material fees;

• Eligible to enroll in classes at the University of Chicago with documented approval for each class; and

• Given student privileges such as access to the libraries, athletic facilities, and electronic networks.

Exchange students must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems.

Graduate Students-at-Large are students interested in taking courses for a grade at the University of Chicago even though they are not admitted into a degree granting program at the University. Graduate Students-at-Large will be registered through the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies and are:

• Eligible to enroll in up to 3 courses per quarter;

• Enrollment in 3 courses per quarter confers a full-time student status;

• No more than 3 course credits earned as a Graduate Student-at-Large may be transferable if admitted into a degree program at the University (BSD exception);

• Charged tuition as well as other mandatory fees; and

• Given student privileges such as access to the libraries, student housing, athletic facilities, and electronic networks Graduate Students-at-Large must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems.

Graduate Students-at-Large must comply with all University rules and regulations and are subject to student disciplinary systems.

Full-Time Enrollment Status for F-1 or J-1 Visa Holders

Foreign students holding F-1 or J-1 status in the United States on the basis of an immigration document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) issued by the University of Chicago may not register part-time as defined by the University Registrar, nor may such students elect to reduce their registration status to part-time anytime during a quarter. Exceptions must conform to those outlined in federal regulations governing foreign students, and require approval in advance from the Office of International Affairs. For details on regulatory requirements and processes in place at the Office of International Affairs (OIA), students should consult OIA's website at http://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu or contact their international student adviser at OIA.

Other Provisions

Any student who, during a quarter of non-registration, takes a language examination, for which a fee is assessed, has a registration status of No Credit.