Non-Degree Students and Lifelong Learning


Students come to St. Mary’s from diverse backgrounds and, at times, for reasons other than earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. These students may be working professionals who attend classes for professional advancement, adults taking their first steps to return to college, non-St. Mary’s students earning college credits to transfer to their home institution, individuals wishing to change careers, or pursue academic work for personal enrichment. The College is committed to meeting their educational goals in a manner consistent with its mission as a small, four-year liberal arts college. The faculty and staff at St. Mary’s College have a commitment to help these non-degree continuing education students in their educational pursuits, and they welcome persons of all ages to the St. Mary’s classrooms. The Offices of Academic Services and the Registrar provide non-degree students with registration and academic advising services. Prospective non-degree students must meet with the staff of the Office of the Registrar or Academic Services to discuss their plans and needs. The maximum course load for students registering through non-degree continuing education is 11 credit-hours. Non-degree students are expected to maintain a good academic standing. See "Academic Standing" under the "Academic Misconduct and Probation" section for guidelines for good academic standing.


St. Mary’s College encourages qualified local high school students to enroll in the Concurrent Enrollment Program. Qualified students may enroll in a limited number of courses through non-degree continuing education (not to exceed 11 credit-hours per semester). A concurrent enrollment form that contains the required signature is available from a school guidance counselor, the Glendening Hall Service Desk, or Academic Services in Glendening 230.


As part of the Concurrent Enrollment Program, the College grants Charlotte Hall Fellowships to a maximum of 13 students attending St. Mary’s County high schools. Charlotte Hall Fellows are chosen competitively on the basis of excellent academic performance, teacher recommendations, and promise of success as college students. Once admitted, fellows are eligible to take up to four credit-hours of course work in the Spring semester of their senior year of high school with tuition costs absorbed by the College. For further information, contact Academic Services.


Lifelong Learning provides non-credit enrichment courses to extend the resources and facilities of the College. Classes cover such topics as yoga, dance, local history, and instructional technology; other recreational and special interests are offered periodically. Continuing Education also sponsors co-curricular events that illuminate and support academic themes, like the Annual Community Invitational Women-in-Poetry Reading.