What does it mean to audit a course? What is the deadline to request to take a class on an audit basis?

The following section discusses the rules for the College of Letters & Science (L&S) undergraduate students who wish to audit a class.

Auditing a course allows a a student to take a class without the benefit of a grade or credit for a course.  An L&S undergraduate student who audits a course does so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration.   The course is offered ONLY on a space-available basis with the approvals of both the instructor of the course and an academic dean in the College of Letters & Science. 

A Course Change Form requesting to audit a course must be completed and returned to the Academic Deans' Office located in 110 Ingraham Hall by the last day to request Pass/Fail if you are an L&S undergraduate student.   
  • The deadline to request to convert a course from credit to audit (or to convert a course from audit back to credit) is the end of the fourth week of the fall or spring term.
  • The deadline to request to convert a course from credit to audit (or to convert a course from audit back to credit) for a modular course or summer course is the end of the one-quarter of the session, extended to the following Friday.  The following rules apply to L&S undergraduate students enrolled in a summer term/session or modular course on the UW-Madison campus:
    • For a student enrolled in a modular course or a summer session/term less than two weeks, the audit deadline is the end of the 1st week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in a four-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 1st week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in an six-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 2nd week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in an eight-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 2nd week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in a nine-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 3rd week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in a ten-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 3rd week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in a twelve-week modular course or a summer session/term, the audit deadline is the end of the 3rd week on Friday.
    • For a student enrolled in a modular course or a summer session/term of more than twelve weeks, the audit deadline is the end of the 4th week on Friday.
A student may audit a course ONLY with the consent of the instructor and advisor.  Students cannot audit laboratory or performance skills (e.g., foreign language courses, art classes, music courses other than those in appreciation and history of music, etc).  Audit courses carry no academic credit, do not fulfill degree requirements, and may affect a student's classification as a full-time student.   Students should note that credit value of audited courses is included in the semester load for determining fees and the maximum number of credits carried each semester.
  • An auditor is considered a passive learner and may not recite in class or take examinations, but is expected to attend classes with reasonable regularity and do some assigned work.
  • A change from an audit to a credit basis must be made by the deadline for adding courses and receiving 100% tuition adjustment on dropped classes.
  • A change from a credit to an audit basis must be made by the end of the fourth week of classes.
  • For a student who does elect to audit a course, the letters "AU" are entered on the transcript under credits and the course does not earn credit or impact the GPA.
  • Students who audit a course are required to pay fees as though the course was being taken on a credit basis.
  • A student will receive a grade of S (Satisfactory) or NR (No Report) for an audited course.
  • A student should not audit a course if s/he has already taken the course or plans to take the course at a future date.
  • Students may not audit courses in their major or major department.
  • Students may not audit courses in their major or courses they wish to take at a future date in their major department.
  • Students may not audit:
    • Directed Study or Independent Study courses (e.g, 299, 399, 699, etc.)
    • Physical education activity classes
    • Language classes
    • Studio and performing arts classes
  • Students may not register for Audit after the 4th week of classes during the fall and spring terms or the appropriate deadline for modular courses or summer term classes.
  • Wisconsin residents age 60 (as of the first day of class) and older are eligible to audit classes tuition-free.  For more information about this opportunity, please refer to Senior Guest Auditors at Adult Career and Special Student Services.

For more information on auditing a course, see Audit in the Undergraduate Catalog.




Keywords:audit, audit a course, AU, auditor, senior citizens, modular course, summer course   Doc ID:26734
Owner:Tori R.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2012-10-08 15:37 CDTUpdated:2016-09-26 12:39 CDT
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