Interested in a class, but don’t want to worry about how it’ll affect your GPA? You can take the class for no credit, which is known as auditing a class. Audited classes aren’t counted as completed academic credit and don’t count toward certification. They’ll be listed on your grade report and on your transcript as “NC” (no credit). You won’t receive a grade for classes you audit.
Audit a Class
Why audit a class?
There are several reasons you might choose to audit a class:
- You’re interested in a subject, but you want to study it without worrying about being graded on your performance.
- You’d like to study a subject that will help your grade in a different, related class.
- You’re thinking about changing your major, but want to make sure the new major will be right for you.
If auditing isn’t quite the right choice, you might consider taking a class pass/fail.
How to audit
Audit enrollments must be processed administratively and special consent is required. Each school and department can choose whether or not to allow students to audit a class. Talk to your advisor, and check with the department you’re interested in to see what its policies and requirements are for auditing. Note that in some cases, you will not be able to get permission to audit a class. For example, Spanish classes and Kelley School of Business undergraduate classes can’t be audited. You may audit Maurer School of Law courses only if you are a degree-seeking graduate student.
To determine which forms are needed in order to audit, select the option below that best fits your situation for the semester in which you are considering enrolling.
- I am enrolled in other classes for credit/grade and would like to audit
If you’re enrolled in one or more classes for credit and want to add a course as an auditor, you can submit your request on or after the day you register for the term. You’ll need to have an audit authorization signed by each course department and return it to Student Central using our secure contact form.
- I am audit only and will not enroll in classes for credit/grade
If you’re not taking any classes for credit, you can register as an audit only student during the first week of the term. You’ll need to complete some paperwork, get signed authorization from the instructor for each course you wish to audit, and submit the forms online to Student Central using the secure contact form.
Below are the forms you may need to submit.
For all audit only students:
- audit authorization memo
- quick admit form
For all students who have not been enrolled at IU Bloomington in the last 12 months:
- residency classification
- criminal update form
If you are an international student and wish to be audit only and not take any classes for credit/grade, you may be required to meet with an Office of International Services advisor prior to enrolling in any classes. Prior to submitting your completed audit forms to us, you will need to contact OIS to determine if you will need to see an advisor and obtain the necessary OIS authorization on your quick admit form.