Online Learning for Non-UMN Students

The University of Minnesota Morris has degree programs with admission and graduation requirements; however, admission to the University of Minnesota Morris as a degree seeking student is not required to enroll in courses offered through the Morris Online Learning program. If you take an undergraduate course and are not officially admitted to a program, you are considered a nondegree seeking student.

Grades will be listed on a University of Minnesota transcript. Credits may count toward a degree program should you be admitted to one in the future (however, to ensure these credits fulfill your prospective program's requirements, please consult with that program ahead of time).

The University of Minnesota Morris offers the option to enroll part time or full time as a nondegree seeking student. Nondegree seeking status is available primarily to:

  • high school graduates taking courses of special interest;
  • students with probationary admission status who will later become regular degree candidates;
  • students enrolled at other colleges; and
  • University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

Individuals can enroll as a nondegree seeking student on a space available basis.

Admissions Status

The Morris Online Learning Office administers online courses at the University of Minnesota Morris. Admission to the Online Learning program is not the same as undergraduate admission to the Morris campus.


Morris Online Learning courses follow the Morris registration and refund deadlines.

If you are not a Minnesota high school student and you are not a student at a University of Minnesota campus (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester or Twin Cities), you are a nondegree-seeking student. Morris offers students the option to enroll part-time or full-time as a nondegree seeking student. You may register following these easy steps:

  1. Complete the Enroll as a Non-degree Student application.
  2. Follow the instructions sent to your email account from the Office of the Registrar to claim your account.
  3. Explore the online courses at Morris.
  4. Register online. See how to register for a class.

Please read the Drop/Cancel Policy before you register for a course.

Tuition refunds are available only through specified dates for each semester. Check the refund schedule before canceling courses; you are held responsible for tuition and fees if you do not cancel during the 100 percent refund period.

  1. Order your textbooks.
    • Required textbooks for Morris Online Learning courses are available at the UMN Morris bookstore approximately two to three weeks prior to the beginning of the term. Allow three to five days for shipping and handling when ordering from the UMN Morris bookstore. When ordering books from an online vendor such as, allow two to three weeks for delivery of your books by media mail.
  2. Claim your account.
    • All students new to the University of Minnesota need to claim their University account. The information needed to initiate your account is sent with your registration confirmation letter. Your University Internet ID account only needs to be initiated once, so if you have taken classes at any of the University of Minnesota campuses—Duluth, Crookston, Rochester, Twin Cities, or Morris—you will use the same University Internet ID and password. If you don’t have your letter containing your student identification information, contact the Online Learning office. Review and manage your account options. Enroll in and use Duo Security.
  3. Send an email message to the Online Learning office from your University-assigned email account.
    • Email a short statement such as, “I have initiated my University-assigned email account.” from your University-assigned email account so we know your email account has been activated. This helps our team identify potential technical difficulties prior to the first class session.
  4. Visit the Morris One Stop Student Services.
    • The One Stop Student Services provides information about student services.
  5. Set up Parent/Guest View Access (optional).
    • The Morris Online Learning program will not release any student information to anyone without your express written consent. Do not share your University Internet ID and password with anyone. Sharing this information violates University policy and may lead to a loss of your Internet privileges and disciplinary action. If someone needs access to your student account, you may set that up through Parent/Guest View Access.
  6. Visit your MyU portal to locate access to your online course. Sign in with your University Internet ID and password. You will find Canvas course site links in the "Key Links" or "Academics" tab. 
  7. Read your “Course Welcome” email sent by your instructor to your University-assigned email account.
  8. Review the exam policies for your class.
    • If your class uses a remote proctoring system, you must have a working microphone and camera.
  9. Review the non-degree student page.
  10. Check your University-assigned email and Canvas account often for important notices.
    • Your instructor may answer your questions within the course site or answer you via your University-assigned email account—check both often.
    • You are responsible for all information sent to your University email account. This is the University’s official means of communication.
  11. Print and review your course syllabus on the first day of class.
    • Your course syllabus is located in your course site. Print and review a copy of the syllabus on the first day of class. It is a good idea to keep a copy of your course syllabus to help transfer credit to other institutions in the future if needed.
  12. Attend your course on the first day of class.
    • “Attending” an online class means signing in to the course site using your University Internet ID and password.
    • The Morris Online Learning program reserves the right to enforce the Mandatory Attendance at First Class Session policy at any time during or after the first three days of an online course in fall or spring, or the first two days of a Morris online course. This means that if you do not sign in to your online course site, participate in course activities, or contact your instructor at all during the first two to three days of your online course, you may lose your place in the class
  13. Track your grades
    • You are responsible for keeping track of your grades. Not all University faculty use the Canvas grade book, so you may need to keep track of how you are doing through your graded assignments. You may check your University of Minnesota final grades online via your MyU portal. See Viewing Grades.
  14. Review the procedure for canceling out of a course
    • All classes must be officially canceled. It is not enough to stop submitting assignments. This usually results in a grade of “F” or “N” being assigned by the instructor.
    • If you wish to cancel a Morris online course, you must formally drop or withdraw before midnight on the day of the deadline. See UMN Morris registration and refund deadlines.
    • Please note that a change in your registration status should be made by the deadlines to drop a course without a designation of “W” (withdrawal) on your transcript.
      • A drop occurs within the first 10 days of campus instruction and will not appear on your transcript.
      • A withdraw occurs after 10 days of campus instruction and will appear on your transcript.
    • To cancel, please email the following information using your University-assigned email account.
      • your name
      • your student ID number
      • your cancel statement: “I wish to cancel out of the Morris Online Learning course Department and Number (for example, Psy 1051): Course Name (for example, Introduction to Psychology).”
  15. GPA requirements
    • All nondegree students are required to meet University of Minnesota academic progress requirements to enroll in courses from Morris Online Learning for another semester.
  16. Pay your bill
    • Nondegree students are not eligible for the payment plan. Payments must be received, not postmarked, by the due date to avoid additional charges and a hold on your record.
    • The online billing and payment system is the official means of generating tuition bills to all currently enrolled University of Minnesota, Morris students. You will receive a notice in your University-assigned email account when your bill is ready to be viewed online. Your online statement will detail the amount due and the payment due date. Students are advised to pay when a billing statement is received from the University of Minnesota.
    • Tuition refunds are available only through specified dates for each semester.
Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for Morris online courses are the same as Morris on-campus courses.

Late Registration Fee

The all-University late registration fee is charged to all students on all campuses. This late registration fee is only assessed for any initial registration that occurs on or after the first day of classes. It does NOT affect adding or dropping of classes.

Financial Aid

Federal or state financial aid is typically not available to non-degree seeking students. However, if you are enrolling in a course required for admission into a degree program, there may be options. 

Morris One Stop Student Services

Check grades, billing, and student account information for your Morris Online Learning course at the Morris One Stop Student Services.


The online billing and payment system is the official means of generating tuition bills to all currently-enrolled University of Minnesota students. 

Please read the Drop/Cancel Policy before you register for a course.

Tuition refunds are available only through specified dates for each semester. Check the refund schedule before canceling courses; you are held responsible for tuition and fees if you do not cancel during the 100 percent refund period.