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Alumni Audit- Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. If I submit my application form, am I automatically in the class?

NO. Submitting your application form online is only the first step in the process of alumni auditing. After your application is submitted, the Office of Alumni Relations will verify your degree status and ensure that there is an open seat in the class in order to have the registrar enroll you. We may not enroll alumni until the first week of class. This is a timely process so please have patience with us during this time period.

2. The Schedule of Classes says that the class is CLOSED or Waitlisted.  Can I still audit this course?

The outright answer is NO. However, enrollment is constantly changing throughout the add/drop period. We recommend that you only attempt to audit a course that is listed as OPEN.

During the add/drop period, if a class opens up, we will do everything we can to enroll you, but we cannot guarantee that we can enroll you in the class.  Please know that just because a class is OPEN when you submit your form does not mean the class will be open during the Registrar's registration period during the add/drop weeks.  Please monitor the enrollment on the Schedule of Classes page from the time you submit your registration up until the add/drop period. This will be your best indication of whether our office can enroll you in the class.

3. Can I audit more than one course per semester? 

NO.  Each alum may audit only one course per semester.  

4. Can I audit a course during each summer session?  

NO.  Each alumnus/a may only audit one course during the summer sessions.   

5. Will I receive credit for courses taken through the alumni audit program?

NO. No credit is given for courses taken through this program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. Alumni who wish to receive credit for courses must register as nondegree students and pay tuition at the prevailing rates.

6. Why do I need professor approval?

Some departments and schools require the alumni to obtain approval in order to audit a class. This is to be sure that the professor can accommodate the alumni and to ensure that the professor is aware of the alumni's enrollment in the course. Even if your class does not require approval, it is recommended that as an alum, you contact the professor to introduce yourself and inform the professor of your intentions before the class begins.  
 

7. What if the professor will not give me approval? 

Unfortunately, the professor will not always give approval for alumni to audit the course.  In this case, you will have to choose a different class or different professor.

8. How do I pay? 

On the application you will have the option to submit payment online via credit card, or mail in a check or money order. Alumni auditors will not be registered until payment has been received.

9. What if I can't get into my class or decide to drop?

If we are not able to secure you a spot in the class you will receive a full refund. If you wish to drop your course, you must notify the Office of Alumni Relations and your professor by the end of the add/drop period in order to receive a refund.

If your question is not answered here, please contact us at alumniaudit@american.edu.