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Senior Citizen

Prospective students who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher and will want to take 600-level coursework at any point during their Winthrop career as a non-degree or audit student should apply through the Graduate School, even if they only wish to take undergraduate classes this coming semester. 

 Undergraduate Application Process

Any senior citizen who would like to take classes as an undergraduate student must complete a Senior Citizen Application online during the semester prior to desired entry/start date.  Use the code “SRCZ” to waive the application fee. Paper copies are available upon request.

Please note: Senior Citizen students admitted through the Undergraduate Application process will be restricted from selecting 600-level courses.

Please be advised that only South Carolina residents who are 60 years or older are eligible for this program.

You must apply as one of the following types of students:

  • Degree Seeking: Taking courses towards earning a specific degree at the University. Degree-seeking students must meet the same admission requirements as non-senior citizen applicants. Official transcripts from high school and/or all colleges attended must be submitted.
  • Non-Degree Seeking: Taking courses to earn college credit, but not pursuing an awarded degree. Non-degree seeking students must submit an official copy of the final high school transcript or GED if the applicant has never enrolled in a college or university, or an official copy of the college transcript from the last college attended if the applicant has ever enrolled at a college or university.
  • Audit: Taking courses without earning college credit. Students who audit will not participate in examinations or graded course assignments. Involvement in class activities and attendance requirements is at the discretion of the instructor. Students who audit do not need to submit any transcripts if pursuing undergraduate classes.

Please be advised that admission as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student does require your meeting all criteria for regular admission to Winthrop University. Failure to provide required documentation or meet adequate prerequisites may limit your options in terms of student classification.

Undergraduate admission to Winthrop University is coordinated by the Office of Admissions in Joynes Hall which can be contacted at 803/323-2191. Please contact the Office of Admissions with questions about the admissions process.

Graduate Application Process

Any senior citizen who would like to take as a graduate student at Winthrop must complete an online Graduate Application

You must apply as one of the following types of students:

  • Degree seeking: Taking courses towards earning a specific graduate degree at the University.  Degree-seeking students must meet the same admission requirements as non-senior citizen applicants. Official transcripts from colleges attended must be submitted.  Every degree program has additional requirements (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.).  Requirements for individual programs are listed by degree program.  
  • Non-degree seeking: Taking courses to earn credit, but not pursuing an awarded degree.  Non-degree seeking senior citizen students must submit official college transcripts or a copy of their awarded diploma. 
  • Audit: Taking courses without earning college credit.  Students who audit will not participate in examinations or graded course assignments.  Involvement in class activities and attendance requirements is at the discretion of the instructor.  Students must submit official college transcripts or a copy of their awarded diploma.

Please be advised that some courses are not open to non-degree seeking or audit students. 

When completing the online application, non-degree seeking and audit students should select "Graduate Non-Degree" as their academic program of interest.  Students may receive an unique application fee waiver code by contacting the Graduate School directly at 803/323-2204.

Degree seeking applicants should refer to the listing of application deadlines for individual programs.  Non-degree seeking and audit students must submit their applications by July 15 for Fall semester, December 1 for Spring semester or May 15 for Summer.

The Graduate School will notify applicants via e-mail of the admissions decision. 

Graduate admission to Winthrop University is coordinated by the Graduate School in Tillman Hall which can be contacted at 803/323-2204. Please contact the Graduate School with questions about the admissions process.

Senior Citizen's Guides

Military, Adult, and Transfer Services has created a guide for Senior Citizens wishing to pursue coursework at Winthrop University.  These guides outline the step-by-step procedures for applying, registering for courses, and completing all necessary paperwork.  Please be advised that procedures for taking undergraduate and graduate courses differ.

Senior Citizen's Guide to Taking Undergraduate Classes at Winthrop (pdf - 291 kb)

Senior Citizen's Guide to Taking Graduate Classes at Winthrop (pdf - 310 kb)

CONTACT INFORMATION
Military, Adult, & Transfer Services (MATS)
108 Dinkins Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4784
803/323-3910 (fax)

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