Auditing Students

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