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Take a class without affecting your GPA

Interested in a course but don’t need credits or want a grade? You can audit the class.

How does auditing a class work?

Audited courses appear on your official transcript but aren’t counted as completed academic credit and can’t be used to meet degree requirements. They also don’t count toward your enrollment status for financial aid or loan deferment purposes.

You won’t receive a grade for courses you audit. They will be listed on your grade report and on your transcript as NC (no credit).

After you’ve decided to audit a course, you can’t change back to a letter grade for the course at a later date. Some schools do not allow students to register for a course for credit after they’ve audited it. 

Please note: Tuition for an audited course is the same as when you take the course for credit.
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Why audit a course?

There are several reasons you might choose to audit a course:

  • You’re interested in learning about 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 performance 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.

Each school and department can choose whether 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. You must also discuss coursework expectations with the instructor. Note that in some cases, you will not be able to get permission to audit a class.

If auditing isn’t quite the right choice, you might consider taking a class pass/fail. Talk with your academic advisor to determine your best option.

How to audit

If you are interested in auditing a course, you can submit an audit request electronically by completing the form indicated below. All audit requests are routed to the instructor of the course and then to the Office of the Registrar for approval.

The deadline to submit a request to audit a course varies by semester. You can find detailed information about auditing and other important deadlines on the official calendar.

Request permission to audit a class

IU Indianapolis

Office of the Registrar

Campus Center, Room 250
420 University Blvd

Indianapolis, IN 46202