Due to COVID-19, only local high school students will be allowed to audit a course in Spring 2021, and they may audit only courses offered online or online with in-person components. In-person courses are reserved for Bowdoin students.

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Courses are intended for Bowdoin students, but the College is happy to extend, as a privilege, the opportunity for community members to attend courses. This opportunity is not available during the COVID-19 pandemic with the exception of local high school students. Auditors must obtain permission from the course instructor before attending the first class and follow their guidelines regarding in-class participation. Auditors are generally not permitted in full courses and are not allowed to attend First-Year Writing Seminars. The College reserves the right to restrict the number of courses audited by any one person and 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.

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
      • 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.

  • 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.

  • Click here to download these policies and instructions.
  • Procedure for Requesting Electronic Services:
    • STEP ONE: Complete the Auditor Request for Electronic Services form online or available at the Office of the Registrar, First Floor, Sarah Orne Jewett Hall.
    • 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)
      • Please produce an ID card to pay a reduced fee or have the fee waived.
    • STEP FOUR: When you submit your completed form, the Office of the Registrar will provide you with an auditor ID and temporary pin.
    • STEP FIVE: After one business day, use that ID and pin to access Webmail, Blackboard, e-reserves.
  • 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. 

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