The Returning Scholars (RS) is a non-degree program in which students enroll in appropriate courses (with instructor consent) offered by the University’s graduate and undergraduate departments, but receive neither grade nor credit for these courses. 

Courses taken in the RS program cannot be transferred as credit toward a degree at the University of Chicago or elsewhere. However, RS students who have enrolled in courses can order transcripts from the University. The letter R appears instead of a grade for the course. An internal, not officially recorded, evaluation of the student’s performance is completed by the instructor.

Some benefits from participating in the Returning Scholar Program are:

  • Building credentials without the pressure of grades or earning credit towards a degree
  • Gaining knowledge in a particular area or field of study
  • Exploring new fields and professions
  • Desiring to learn for the love of learning