Changes for the Spring 2021 Semester

To support local and university public health safety guidelines, only fully online classes will be available to audit for the spring 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 $100 for the spring 2021 semester.

These changes to the format and cost of the audit program are exclusively for the spring 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 summer 2021 and beyond.

Alumni 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 over 135,000 living alumni. For a nominal fee of $100, nondegree-seeking alumni are invited back to campus to audit one course per semester; $75 of the $100 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.

Spring 2021 Dates

  • Application opens December 8, 2020
  • Application closes January 24, 2021

AUDIT APPLICATION

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.

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 Spring 2021 semester:

  • To support local and university public health safety guidelines, only fully online classes will be available to audit for the spring 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)
  • This change in allowing alumni to audit online courses is exclusively for the spring 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 of the audit program will be reassessed for summer 2021 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.

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 a course for the spring 2021 semester opens Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. EST and closes on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

AUDIT APPLICATION

Alumni 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.

The cost to audit a course for the spring 2021 semester is $100. After you submit your application you will be sent a link 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 after the add/drop deadline. 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 two weeks of classes and to work with the instructor or department to stay up to date with course assignments

Spring 2021 Dates 
January 19: First day of classes
February 1: Add/Drop deadline
April 26: Last day of classes

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 Alumni Audit Program, and courses will not appear on transcripts. Alumni 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 after the add/drop deadline and can take up to three business days. 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 course drop deadline for the semester.

Refunds

Auditors may receive a 100% refund up until Sunday, January 24, 2021. Auditors are eligible to receive a 75% refund between Monday, January 25, 2021 and Monday, February 1, 2021.

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