Auditing Students

For 2020-21, due to the pandemic and in accordance with health and safety guidelines, Bates college is closed to visitors. Consequently, we have had to suspend our High School Scholar, Community Scholar, and Auditing programs. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to campus as conditions permit.


Bates College offers members of the Greater Lewiston-Auburn community the opportunity to audit certain courses with permission of the instructor and the Registrar. No credit is earned; the audit is not recorded on a permanent record. An auditor should not expect to have papers and exams graded; therefore, auditing is seldom permitted in courses where the method of instruction involves significant individual attention and guidance. An audited course may not be converted to a course taken for credit at a later date by paying the regular course fee.

Application/registration: The application and registration forms are available at the Registrar and Academic Systems office. (Office hours are M-F, 9:00am – 4:00pm). The Schedule of Courses provides information on courses offered each term.

Registration Procedure:  Students must obtain written permission of the instructor to audit a course. Most instructors are available immediately before the start of the semester; therefore, course-auditing registration may be completed within the first ten days of the semester. The auditing fee must be paid in full before registering to audit a course.

Fees:  For 2019-2020 the Auditing course fee is $575.

ID card:  Auditing students will not be issued a Bates ID card. Auditing students are extended privileges accorded to members of the Lewiston-Auburn community.

Please note: Auditing students may audit fall and winter semester courses only and may not enroll in a Short Term course.

For additional information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 207-755-5949 or registrar@bates.edu