Special Students are normally limited to two courses (8 semester hours) per semester. Certain students, e.g., those seeking post-graduate teacher certification, are eligible to take three or more courses in a semester.

Guest Students may also be approved to take three or more courses per semester, in which case the full undergraduate tuition will apply. The fall Connecticut College comprehensive fee will apply to guest students who elect to enroll full-time and who receive college housing for the summer. Guest students are permitted to study at Connecticut College on a full-time or part-time basis for a maximum of two semesters.

Application materials required of all Special Students:

  • Completed Special Student Application (obtained at Office of the Registrar, Fanning Hall)
  • Application Fee - $60 (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of reference
  • Written statement outlining your academic interests and your reasons for wishing to study at Connecticut College.

In addition to the above, application requirements for Guest Students include :

  • One letter of reference from a current or former instructor
  • A letter from your home institution granting you permission to study at Connecticut College

Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester: August 10

For Spring Semester: January 2

Application decisions for special students will be made on or before August 15 for all completed applications received by August 10 and January 8 for all completed applications received by January 2. Students will be notified in writing of all decisions.

Campus Housing

Campus housing is not available to special students, but an exception may be made for full-time guest students.


Registration for all special students begins on the first day of the semester. Space availability and enrollment in specific courses is not guaranteed as part of the special student application process. Permission to enroll in specific courses is at the discretion of the instructor beginning the first day of the semester.

Students who do not make satisfactory academic progress or abide by the social and academic regulations of the College may be denied the opportunity for further enrollment. Each student's academic progress is reviewed at the end of the semester.

A non-refundable application fee is required (except for faculty, staff, alumni, and students participating in the single-course exchange).

Most courses at Connecticut College carry 4 credit hours. For courses that carry more or less than 4 credits, the tuition is pro-rated up or down in accordance with the number of credits for the course and the tuition rate.

The tuition for 2016-2017 is $1,465 per 4-credit undergraduate course for students who take 12 or fewer credit hours per semester. If a special student takes a graduate-level course (500 level), the cost per 4 credits is $2,100.

The full undergraduate comprehensive fee will apply for guest students approved to enroll in 12 or more semester hours. Those students who reside off campus should contact the Accounting Office for further information regarding semester tuition and fees. 


Auditing requires permission of the instructor and cannot be allowed in certain courses where the student must actively participate in the instruction (e.g., laboratory courses; studio courses in art, dance, music, or theater; foreign language conversation courses; writing courses; and most seminar courses). The auditing fee is $360.

Tuition Remission for faculty and staff

Connecticut College faculty and staff should consult the Office of Human Resources about the details of the Tuition Remission policy for themselves and their dependents. See the "Benefits" section of the website