Visiting Student Program

(Formerly Easy Access)

The visiting student (non-degree) program is designed for any student who

  • is not actively pursuing a degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia campus
  • wishes to earn undergraduate credit (for graduate credit, see below)

Credit Hour Limits

  • 18 credit hours is maximum enrollment for fall and spring.
  • 9 credit hours is maximum credit hours for summer.

Admissions

Students can apply at any time to the Visiting Student Program. Submit your completed Visiting Student Application to the Office of Admissions. See the academic calendar, or call 573-882-7881 if you have questions about the program.

Students continuously enrolled at MU do not have to apply every term.

Students will be charged a $25 application fee.

Visiting Student Application

Graduate Credit

No graduate credit is available through the Visiting Student Program. Students who want to enroll in graduate courses should contact the Office of Graduate Studies at gradadmissions@missouri.edu.

Registration

  • Once admitted, beginning on the date set for registration to begin, students may use the myZou system to register for classes.
  • Prior to enrolling into courses, students must set a permanent password, agree to eConsent and complete a statement of financial responsibility, indicating full responsibility for all charges incurred. 
  • To begin the registration process, go to myzou.missouri.edu.
  • Confused by the process? Get help with our myZou user guide and instructional videos.
  • Students who are not enrolled prior to the first day of classes will be charged a late registration fee equal to the cost of one undergraduate credit hour.

Permissions

Students enrolling through the visiting student program must obtain permission from either the professor or the department before enrolling in a course requiring consent or prerequisites.

Visiting Student Policies

  • Students on academic dismissal status from University of Missouri System schools are not eligible to register until one year has elapsed.
  • Students expelled from University of Missouri System schools may not enroll through the visiting student program.
  • Transfer into a degree-granting division of the university requires completion of the regular application process.
  • Registration is open on a space-available basis. Space is not available in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, journalism, engineering or most nursing courses. Usually no space is available in accountancy, computer science and some courses in other departments.
  • Students enrolling in the visiting student program will not normally be eligible for financial aid because the program is non-degree in orientation.
  • The Office of the University Registrar serves as the “dean’s office” for the program. The registration staff in the Office of the University Registrar may provide assistance in arranging courses.
  • Tuition and required fees information, go to myZou.
    • Click on "Student Center" and scroll to "Finances."
    • For payment options, visit MU Cashiers.
  • International students must provide proof of a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 79 (iBT, with no section below 17) or an IELTS score of 6.5 with no bands lower than 6.0. Some departments require higher scores.
  • Students must be high school graduates.
  • Students are subject to applicable university policies, including dismissal and probationary enrollment, student health immunizations, student conduct and Title IX.
  • Students must apply and register under the proper residency and pay the proper tuition and required fees.
  • Students who are non-citizens or are born outside of the United States may be asked to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency.

Senior Citizen Scholars

Through the Visiting Student Program, Missouri senior citizens may enroll on space-available basis in all types of classes, regardless of delivery mode, including, but not limited to, face-to-face and online courses. Senior citizens must prove that they at least 65 years old on or before Aug. 1 of the semester by presenting a driver’s license or other photo identification bearing date of birth.

Senior citizens are awarded a scholarships equivalent to the required tuition for any corresponding enrollment in course work as a "hearer" (i.e. audit status with no grade or credit awarded).

Senior citizens must

  • enroll as hearer (audit, non-credit)
  • adhere to maximum hours for Visiting Student Program

Senior citizens are charged

  • a $25 registration fee per senior citizen per semester
  • a technology fee
  • any and all appropriate supplemental fees (e. g. applied music, education, health professions, business, CAFNR etc.)
  • no charge for health fee
  • no student activity fee

Restrictions

  • Senior citizens will be allowed to enroll in graduate (7000-9999) level course work only if they meet the standards to be admitted as a post-baccalaureate and meet all pre-requisites for the course in which they seek to enroll, which may include permission of the faculty. For more information, contact gradadmissions@missouri.edu.
  • Senior citizens will not be allowed to use this process to enroll in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine or Law (JD) courses.
  • Any senior citizen who alters their enrollment status to receive credit, or is found to be out of compliance with any other standards required to receive this benefit, will be retroactively assessed the appropriate tuition and fees for the credit sought.