Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni Audit & Community Audit

The following are answers to commonly asked questions regarding AU's Alumni Audit and Community Audit programs.

If your question is not answered here, please contact us at alumniaudit@american.edu for Alumni Audit related questions and communityaudit@american.edu for Community Audit related questions.

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 information and ensure that there is an open seat in the class in order to have the registrar enroll you. We may not enroll alumni or community auditors until the first week of class. This is a timely process so please have patience with us during this time period.

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 enrollment.

Please know that just because a class is OPEN when you submit your form does not mean the class will be open during the add/drop period (typically first two weeks) of the semester. 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. 

No. Each alumnus/a or community member may audit only one course per semester. 

In general, no, auditors may only audit one course throughout the entirety of the summer term. However, there is an exception for some language courses. Auditors may participate in two sequential language courses (e.g. Spanish, Elementary I and Spanish, Elementary II) during the summer term with appropriate approval.

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

Some departments and schools require auditors to obtain approval in order to audit a class. Please review Auditing Guidelines by School for more information. This is to ensure that professors can accommodate auditors and that the professor is aware of the auditor's enrollment. Even if your class does not require approval, it is recommended that you contact the professor to introduce yourself and inform the professor of your intentions before the class begins.

Unfortunately, the professor will not always give approval for auditors to enroll in their class. In this case, we suggest selecting another course section or a different course.

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

Auditors are eligible to receive a 100% refund until close of business on the given registration deadline date for the semester.

Auditors are eligible to receive a 75% refund from the day after registration closes up until close of business on the given course drop deadline date for the semester.

Note: If you decide to drop a class, you must notify the professor and Office of Alumni Relations at alumniaudit@american.edu in order to receive a refund. No refunds will be offered after the course drop deadline for the semester.