Spring 2022 Semester

The deadline has passed for the fall 2021 semester. The structure and cost of the audit program is being reassessed for spring 2022 and beyond. This webpage will be updated when a decision has been made on whether the program will continue as online-only or if in-person auditing will resume. The application for spring 2022 will open in late November/early December.

Alumni and Community Audit

With the 2019 launch of Changemakers for a Changing World, the university’s 5-year strategic plan, American University is committed now more than ever to promoting and supporting lifelong learning for its local community members and over 135,000 living alumni. For a nominal fee, all AU alumni are invited to audit one course per semester. We also welcome individuals who are not alumni but who are ages 55 and older and live in the 20016, 20015, 20008, and 20007 DC zip codes to audit a course.

The audit fee supports the Alumni Association Scholarship, which is awarded each year to one first year student whose parent or grandparent also attended American University.

Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations with questions at alumniaudit@american.edu.

Take a Class

By following a few simple steps, we can help you enroll in a course that interests you. Please carefully read through all information for participation in the program. Please note, space in the audit program is limited. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Fall 2021 Dates

August 30, 2021 – December 10, 2021

  • Application opens August 2, 2021
  • Application closes August 29, 2021
  • The last day to drop a class and receive a refund is September 13, 2021

Spring 2022 Dates

January 10, 2022 – April 25, 2022

  • Application opens in late November/early December
  • Application closes January 9, 2022
  • The last day to drop a class and receive a refund is January 24, 2022

Browse the registrar’s schedule of classes to determine which courses are offered each semester. Please note applicants are unable to audit a course listed as “closed” or “waitlist”. Limited space is available to ensure classes remain small for our enrolled students. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Audit participants may only audit one course per semester. Exclusively for the summer semesters, audit participants may enroll in one course for both the first and second summer session, for a total of two courses for the summer semester. Separate audit fees apply.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to select up to two additional courses as backups in the event their first choice is unavailable. If an applicant’s first choice is unavailable, they will automatically be registered for their second or third choice, if provided.

The following courses are not eligible to audit:

  • Courses taught at another college or university as part of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Seminars, workshops, or independent studies
  • Courses that require a special tuition rate
  • Other courses as determined by each academic school (see Auditing Guidelines by School)

Changes for the Fall 2021 semester:

  • To support local and university public health safety guidelines, only fully online classes will be available to audit for the fall 2021 semester. This excludes courses facilitated by a third-party vendor and other courses as determined by each academic school (see Auditing Guidelines by School)
  • Additionally, in acknowledgement of the financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost for the Alumni Audit Program has been lowered to $125 per session for the fall 2021 semester.
  • These changes to the format and cost of the audit program are exclusively for the fall 2021 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to both resume the audit program and keep AU and the surrounding communities safe. The structure and cost of the audit program will be reassessed for spring 2022 and beyond.

Contact the course instructor(s) to obtain written approval for admittance to the course(s). Instructor names can be found by expanding the “View Available Sections” tab on the desired course in the schedule of classes, and instructor contact information can be found using the university directory. If no instructor name is listed, department approval will also be accepted. Contact information for academic departments can be found using the university directory. Please attach a copy of instructor or department approval to the audit application form.

Instructor or department approval is required of all courses selected from the schedule of classes, including back-up courses, and must be submitted with the audit application form. If an instructor or department will not give approval, applicants are encouraged to pick another course. Applications submitted without prior instructor or department approval will be denied.

We encourage audit applicants to use and edit the email template provided below when requesting professor or department approval for a course.

SUBJECT: Permission to Audit [Course Name]

Hello Professor [last name],

My name is [your name] and I am writing to seek permission to audit your class, [Class Code – Class Name], for the [fall/summer/spring] semester through AU's Audit Program. The program requires audit participants to receive permission from professors via email before applying.

I am currently [current job/goals/schooling]. I am looking to [what you hope to gain from auditing the course] and would appreciate the opportunity to audit your course this semester.

I am happy to discuss expectations around my participation in your course and to answer any questions you may have about my experience or interest. If you have questions about the audit program itself, you can email alumniaudit@american.edu.

Thank you,

[your name]

Contact AU Central to ensure you are in good financial standing with the university. Any outstanding balances must be paid in full before auditing a course.

The application to audit courses for the fall 2021 semester is now closed. The application for spring 2022 will open in late November/early December.

AUDIT APPLICATION

Participants may audit only one course per semester. Instructor or department approval is required of all courses selected from the schedule of classes, including back-up courses, and must be submitted with the audit application form. Please see “Step 2 – Obtain Instructor or Department Approval” for more information.

Exclusively for the summer  semesters, participants may enroll in one course for both the first and second summer session, for a total of two courses for the summer semester. Separate audit fees apply.

The cost to audit a course for the  fall 2021 semester is $125 per course.After you submit your application you will be asked to complete payment. Please note this fee does not cover textbooks nor any additional course-specific costs or fees. A receipt will automatically be sent to the applicant’s email to confirm payment was received. This receipt is not confirmation of course enrollment.

Enrollment for applicants will not begin until the first week of classes. Current students are given priority in course enrollment, and applicants will be slated for their desired course based on seat availability. Applicants are encouraged to attend the first week of class and to work with the instructor or department to stay up to date with course assignments.

Confirmation of enrollment will be sent via email. If an applicant is unable to be enrolled in their desired course for any reason, a confirmation of the Office of Alumni Relations’ inability to enroll an applicant will be sent via email. A full refund will also be processed at this time. If a backup course was selected, the applicant will not receive a refund and will be automatically enrolled in their backup course.

Please note, auditors do not receive credit for courses through the audit program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. Participants who wish to receive credit for their course must register as a non-degree seeking student and pay tuition at the prevailing rate. Please contact AU Central with questions.

By completing this application, applicants agree to comply with all American University policies and procedures including but not limited to the Alumni and Community Audit Terms and Conditions and American University’s Code of Conduct.

Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations with questions at alumniaudit@american.edu.

Limited Space

Space in the audit program is limited. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Terms and Conditions

By completing this application, applicants agree to comply with all American University policies and procedures including but not limited to the Alumni and Community Audit Terms and Conditions and American University’s Code of Conduct.

Criteria

American University ("AU") is pleased to make classroom instruction available on a space available basis to holders of AU degrees who are in good standing with the university. An applicant must also demonstrate adherence to high standards of personal conduct and good citizenship which contribute to the overall well-being of the AU community.

Enrollment

While we hope to confirm all registrations as quickly as possible, please note that official enrollment for audit applicants does not begin until the first day of classes and can take up to three business days following the add/drop period to verify all registrations. You are not confirmed for your course until you receive a confirmation email. Please work with your professor during this time to stay up to date with any course assignments. 

Please note that we are only able to enroll audit participants into courses with open spots. If a course is listed as "waitlist" or "closed," please select a different course.

Academic Resources

Upon receiving confirmation of enrollment, access will be granted to Blackboard or Canvas. Please contact Blackboard Support or Canvas Support with questions about the platform. All other technology-related questions can be directed to the Office of Information Technology.

Dropping a Course

If dropping a course, you must notify both the instructor and the Office of Alumni Relations (alumniaudit@american.edu) in order to receive a refund. No refunds will be offered after the refund deadline for the semester, listed under "Take a Class."

Refunds

Auditors may receive a 100% refund up until September 13, 2021. Auditors may also elect to withdraw without receiving a refund. The non-refunded fee will remain as a tax-deductible donation to the Alumni Association Scholarship.

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