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Qualifications and Information

  • The alumni audit program is open to individuals who have earned a degree from American University and who are in good financial standing with the university.
  • Alumni may audit ONE course each fall, spring, and summer session for the nominal fee of $100 (plus course fees if applicable).
  • The Alumni Audit Program supports the Alumni Association Scholarship by donating $75 of your $100 registration fee to the scholarship's endowment. The scholarship is awarded every other year. For more information on the Alumni Association Scholarship, please contact us at 202-885-5962 or click on the link on the right hand side of the page.
  • 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.

Note: Please contact us with any further questions at alumniaudit@american.edu or 202-885-5962.

The application for
Spring 2016 will be made available on Monday, November 30.

The deadline to complete registration is Friday, January 14.

Please refer to the steps below to guide you through the registration process.

Step 1: Check the Schedule

Please check the registrar's schedule of classes, linked on the right side of this page. A course must be listed as open for an auditor to enroll in it.


  • Courses under 3 credits
  • Institutes and seminars
  • Courses that require a special tuition rate or are taught at other institutions through the consortium.
  • Click here for the list of ineligible online courses
If you have a question about a course's availability, please contact us at alumniaudit@american.edu or 202-885-5962.

Step 2: Complete your registration form

Complete your application HERE.

The $100 (or $200) Audit fee is paid immediately when you apply online and a email confirmation of payment will be sent to your email address. The confirmation of payment email only confirms your payment and course information. It is not a confirmation of enrollment into your course.

Once your form is received, the Alumni Relations office will double-check to make sure that you have graduated from the university, are in good financial standing, and that your preferred course is open. If all those conditions are met, a request will be sent to the Office of the Registrar to enroll you in the course.

Note: Actual course enrollment begins on the first day of the classes for semester and continues through the first two weeks of classes and only for courses which have not reached their enrollment limits. Students have first priority in filling all classes. Alumni are given any open spots left in a course.

Step 3: Obtain departmental or professor approval

  • Submit departmental or professor approval in the form or a signature or e-mail confirmation to alumniaudit@american.edu.
  • Approval must be obtained and submitted before your registration can be processed with the registrar's office.

The following departments require alumni auditors to receive approval before they can enroll in the class. Please contact us if you have any questions about this issue.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • All courses that have a prerequisite require professor approval.
  • Anthropology (courses at the 500 level and above)
  • Audio Technology (all courses)
  • Art (all courses)
  • Health and Fitness (all courses)
    Note: there is a $150 course fee for all Health and Fitness classes.
  • History (courses at the 500 level and above)
  • Language and Foreign Studies (all courses)
    Note: intensive language courses have an alumni audit fee of $200 (instead of $100), in addition to any course fees.
  • Literature (courses at the 400 level and above)
  • Psychology (all courses)

Kogod School of Business

  • All courses that have a prerequisite require departmental approval.

School of International Service

  • All courses that have a prerequisite require professor approval. 
  • Click here for a list of SIS courses that cannot be audited.
School of Communication

School of Public Affairs

  • All courses must be approved through the respective department.
  • Click here for list of SPA courses that cannot be audited

Step 4: Check Standing

Please call the Office of Student Accounts to make sure that you are in good financial standing with the university. Any outstanding balances must be paid before you can enroll in the alumni audit program.


While we hope to confirm all registrations as quickly as possible, please note that official enrollment begins on the first day of class for the new semester and can take up to three business days following the end of the add/drop period to verify all registrations. You are not confirmed for your course until you receive a confirmation e-mail. Please work with your professor during this time to stay up to date with any course assignments. We appreciate your patience.

Academic Resources

Once you have received your confirmation e-mail, you will be able to sign into "Blackboard" to fully experience life as a student. If your class requires access to any particular software programs, please contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@american.edu for assistance in gaining access.


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


Click here for answers to our frequently asked questions.

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