Audit a Class

Take a class without affecting your GPA

Interested in a class, but don’t want to worry about how it’ll affect your GPA? You can take the class for no credit, which is known as auditing a class. Audited classes aren’t counted as completed academic credit and don’t count toward certification. They’ll be listed on your grade report and on your transcript as “NC” (no credit). You won’t receive a grade for classes you audit. Please note: you pay standard tuition and fees for courses you audit.

Why audit a class?

There are several reasons you might choose to audit a class:

  • You’re interested in a subject, but you want to study it without worrying about being graded on your performance.

  • You’d like to study a subject that will help your grade in a different, related class.

  • You’re thinking about changing your major, but want to make sure the new major will be right for you.

If auditing isn’t quite the right choice, you might consider taking a class pass/fail.

How to audit

Each academic unit can choose whether or not to allow students to audit a class. Talk to your advisor, and check with the program you’re interested in to see what its policies and requirements are for auditing. Note that in some cases, you will not be able to get permission to audit a class.

  • Audit one class

    If you’re enrolled in one or more classes for credit and want to audit only one course, you can submit your request on or after the day you register for the term. You’ll need an audit authorization signed by each course department and return it to the Office of Registrar Services.

  • Audit all your classes

    If you’re not taking any classes for credit, you can register as an audit-only student on or after the first day of classes. You’ll need to complete some paperwork, get a signature by each department for each course you wish to audit, and submit the forms to the Office of Registrar Services.