Auditing a Course

Registration - Auditing

The designation of "Audit" is a registration status used when students officially register for a class without earning a letter grade or credit. Audit courses are subject to full tuition and fees.

Students may register for a class on an audit basis only when space is available and only with the permission of the instructor. Students who receive permission to audit a course are expected to attend classes regularly and complete assigned readings. Other requirements regarding participation are to be agreed upon by the student and instructor.

A Permission to Audit a Course form must be completed and returned to the Summer Term office. The last day to add courses with audit status or convert classes from credit to audit is the same date as the last day to add courses for credit.

No audited courses can be counted toward a degree. They can not be paid for with financial aid.

Audited courses will be designated as AU on the transcript; however, failure to meet the requirements agreed upon by student and faculty can result in a student's being officially withdrawn from the course at the instructor's request, in which case the student will receive a mark of "W" on his or her transcript.

All students attending and participating in a course must be officially registered. Students are not allowed to "sit-in" on summer courses.

Taking a Course Pass/Fail

To encourage intellectual exploration, Boston University permits undergraduate students in good academic standing to elect up to two courses total of academic course work on a Pass/Fail basis to satisfy credit requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The two courses designated as Pass/Fail cannot be taken in the same fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students on academic probation may not elect to take a course Pass/Fail during any semester they are on academic probation.

A student’s earned grade in the course designated as Pass/Fail will be replaced by a “P*” for Pass as long as a student has earned a course grade of D or above. A student’s earned F grade in the course designated as Pass/Fail will be designated as “F*.”

Complete information on the Boston University Policy on Pass/Fail Courses for Undergraduate Students can be found here.

Students who are interested in taking a course on a Pass/Fail basis must discuss the option with their advisor. If after careful consideration the student opts to exercise the Pass/Fail option, the student should complete the Pass-Fail Course Designation Form with the Authorized School Official for their School or College.

The deadline for submitting the signed form is 5:00 pm EST on the "Drop with a W" deadline for the course. This deadline is June 14, 2018 for standard Summer 1 courses, and July 25, 2018 for standard Summer 2 courses. The deadline for non-standard courses is computed individually and is published by the individual course on the Student Link.