Spring 2024 Course Auditing

The Course Audit Request Form and directions for completing it will be available on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 and requests will be accepted until Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Courses are intended for Bowdoin students, but the College is normally happy to extend, as a privilege, the opportunity for community members to attend courses. The College limits the number of courses audited by a community member to one per semester and reserves the right to limit the total number of auditors on campus at a particular time. The College also reserves the right to change or amend this policy. Please note: There are significant changes to the auditing request process for the Spring 2024 semester.

Requests to audit spring 2024 courses will be accepted from Tuesday, January 9 until Thursday, January 18 and auditor slots will be filled exclusively through the Course Audit Request Form on a first come, first served basis.

There is no official record kept and no grade given for an audited class.

  • Auditors are not officially registered for a class.

In the Course Audit Request Form, auditors will select their courses from a list of courses available to audit that has been preapproved by faculty (list available below for previewing).

Auditors will receive confirmation that they are registered to audit their requested class via email within five business days of submitting their registration application form.
  • Auditors will also be provided with information about what they need to do after being approved in preparation for auditing the course.

Auditors may only audit one class per semester.

Auditors may elect 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;
  • Students attending Maine colleges, or local high school students.
  • A high school student may audit a Bowdoin class when permission is granted by the course instructor in consultation with the student's high school guidance department.

Additional information is available in the Course Auditing FAQ.