Auditing a Course

With permission from the instructor, anyone may audit a class at Bowdoin College.

People wishing to audit a class should be aware of the following:

  • There is no official record kept and no grade given for an audited class.
    • Auditors are not officially registered for a class.
  • Auditors may elect whether or not to receive electronic services from the College. These services include things such as access to e-reserves, electronic course materials, and inclusion on the class email list.
    • Electronic services will cease after a term ends.
    • A fee of $50 per course is normally charged for this service.
    • Friends of Bowdoin pay a reduced fee of $30.
  • There is no fee to audit for the following constituents:
    • Bowdoin alumni, students, employees or employee spouses
    • Bates, Colby, MECA, USM, or local High School students
  • An auditor who chooses not to receive electronic services only has to obtain verbal permission from the instructor to audit a course.
  • Auditors may check out non-electronic library reserves with a College ID or a Guest Borrower card. See the Library'sInformation for Guest Patrons if appropriate.
  • Click here to download these policies and instructions.
  • Procedure for Requesting Electronic Services:
    • STEP ONE: Complete the Auditor Request for Electronic Services form available at the Office of the Registrar, First Floor, Moulton Union or online by clicking here.
    • STEP TWO: Obtain the signature of the instructor/lab instructor on the form OR attach an email from the instructor granting you permission to audit
    • STEP THREE: Return the form to the Office of the Registrar and pay fee (if applicable)
      • These will be accepted beginning September 4, 2014 (first day of classes)
      • Please produce an ID card to pay a reduced fee or have the fee waived.
    • STEP FOUR: Within 1-3 business days you will receive an email providing you with:
      • Username and password for your activated auditor account
      • Instructions for accessing electronic course materials
  • The final decision about the appropriateness of admitting an auditor and about the character of course participation appropriate for an auditor rests with the faculty member. Auditors are generally not permitted in full courses. The College reserves the right to limit the number of courses audited by any one person, to limit the total number of auditors on campus at a particular time, and to change this policy.
  • Teaching assistants and tutors are given access to online materials for a course separately from auditors. A course instructor who wishes to request access to electronic course materials for a teaching assistant or tutor should submit this online form. Questions about or problems with this process should be directed to the IT Help Desk at x3030.

Having problems with your auditor account? Call the Information Technology Help Desk at 725-3030