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Auditing a Course

If a student wishes to register for a course without earning a letter grade or credit, the course may be taken as an audit (policy 34-68, 48-80).

  • Must be processed prior to the semester/session or during the add period for the course.
  • No signature needed.
  • Course will appear on the student's schedule as though it has been scheduled for credit.
  • The course will appear on the student's transcript with the grading symbol "AU" if attendance was regular or "W" if the attendance was unsatisfactory.
  • No credit is earned, and the grade-point average is not affected.
  • A course may be dropped for credit and added for audit or dropped for audit and added for credit by undergraduate students only during the drop and add periods for the course.
  • Credits for a course being audited are not counted in determining the following:
    • full-time status for undergraduate students
    • enrollment status (full-time or part-time) for graduate students
    • calculating semester standing
    • financial aid status
    • full-time status for international students for reporting to SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) under federal requirements.

Process:

  1. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form.
  2. Write "AU" in place of credits on the form.
  3. Submit the form to the department offering the course or the Registrar's office.