What Being a Special Student Means
Want to attend Liberty but not quite ready to pursue your degree? Try being a special student!
When you apply as a special student, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to take a few courses at Liberty University without the pressure of pursuing a degree. Maybe you’re interested in early or dual enrollment, taking classes to transfer back to another school, or you just want to observe a few classes. Either way, being a special student is a great opportunity to get the feel for Liberty’s academics minus a full commitment.
Take a look below for the available special student statuses and additional information about being a special student.
Status 1: Early or Dual Enrollment
You’ll be placed under this status as a special student if you haven’t received your high school diploma or GED yet, but you’re interested in taking early or dual enrollment college courses with Liberty.
After you’ve received your high school degree or GED, you can reapply as a degree-seeking student and select an intended major.
Status 2: Transfer Credit
You’ll be placed under this status if you’re not planning on obtaining your degree from Liberty, but you’d still like to take a few classes with us. This will be a good option for you if you’re trying to take some classes to transfer to another school.
Status 3: Auditing Courses
In the final special student status, you can choose to audit courses at a discounted cost of $75 per credit hour. You will not receive college credit for auditing courses. However, you can still participate in the full classroom experience.
When you’re as special student, you’re limited to a maximum of 12 total credits, even if you’re taking classes throughout multiple semesters. If you decide to exceed this limit, you’ll need to place an application as a degree-seeking student and select an intended major.
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis. As a special student, you’ll typically only need to submit your application for acceptance. However, there may be additional documentation requested depending on your application answers.
Please note: Special non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid.