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Resource Center for Adult Students

Senior Citizen

Undergraduate Application Process

Any senior citizen who would like to take undergraduate classes at Winthrop must complete a Senior Citizen Application and South Carolina Residency Form (pdf - 147 kb) and return it to the Office of Admissions in Joynes Hall during the semester prior to your desired entry date.

Please be advised that only residents who are not employed full-time 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, a 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 pre-requisites 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 visit the Admissions Office with questions about the admissions process.

Graduate Application Process

Any senior citizen who would lke to take graduate classes at Winthrop must complete a paper copy of the Graduate Application.  You may request a paper copy directly from the Graduate School.

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 paper application, you must indicate your status in question 12 (Audit students should select “non-degree seeking" and write “Audit” in question 15).  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.   Senior Citizens may not apply for admission online.

The Graduate School will notify applicants via 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

The Resource Center for Adult Students 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 - 248 kb)

Senior Citizen's Guide to Taking Graduate Classes at Winthrop (coming soon)

CONTACT INFORMATION
Resource Center for
Adult Students
108 Dinkins Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4784
803/323-3910 (fax)

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