Community Auditors at CU Boulder
We are delighted you are interested in joining the CU Boulder community as an auditor. Auditing allows you the opportunity to attend university classes for no academic credit. Listen to lectures given by our world-class faculty and get more involved with the campus.
Community members age 18-54, who are not registered students but wish to listen in on regularly scheduled lectures, are eligible to audit courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
If you are a Colorado resident age 55 or over, the CU Boulder Alumni Association offers a special Senior Auditors Program. Contact the CU Boulder Alumni Association via phone at 303-492-8484 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Community Auditor Etiquette
Please remember that you are a guest in the class and should not participate in labs, testing, discussion groups, or presentations as these are activities for degree-seeking students.
Also keep in mind:
- If you wish to complete assignments, verify the instructor has time to grade them (no academic credit is available).
- Arrive to class on time.
- Please stay until the end of the class.
- Remember that faculty reserve the right to exclude individual courses from the Community Auditors Program.
Community Auditor Registration
In-person classes offered by CU Boulder main campus as well as Evening Credit classes offered through Continuing Education are available for auditing during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Online classes cannot be audited.
Community auditors may search classes using the Guest Course Search.
Community auditors must be formally included on the roster for the class(es) they will attend. To register as an auditor, complete the Community Auditor Registration Form and obtain permission and a signature from the instructor during the first two weeks of class.
An auditor may not switch from being an auditor to enrolling in a course for credit within the same semester. Community members interested in learning more about taking courses for credit should contact an academic advisor.
Dates and Deadlines
Current degree students receive priority during open enrollment and auditors will not be added to any waitlist or enrolled above classroom fire code restrictions even with instructor permission.
Although auditors may attend classes during the first two weeks of the session to ask professors for permission to audit the course and have the enrollment form signed, enrollment will not be official until the auditor submits their enrollment form to Continuing Education (1505 University Avenue) after the last official day to add a course (see the ACCESS Academic Calendar for specific dates).
Fall 2019 registration opens on Wednesday, September 4 and the deadline to apply is September 26.
Spring 2020 registration opens on Wednesday, January 22 and the deadline to apply is February 13.
Payment is due at the time of enrollment. Community auditors pay a flat rate of $250.00 per term regardless of the number of courses they have permission to attend. There are no additional course fees charged to auditors.
There is no refund and no opportunity to petition for a refund. Additionally, auditors are not eligible for financial aid, scholarships, or payment plans.
Community Auditor Restrictions
Participants in the Community Auditors Program must meet the following requirements:
- Age 18-54 (Age 55 or over, see the Senior Auditor Program)
- Not be registered as either a degree-seeking or nondegree student at CU Boulder
Auditors are not considered students and do not receive the same privileges as enrolled or nondegree students. Registered auditors receive class instruction, access to the online learning management system, and library privileges only. Acceptance to the University of Colorado Boulder as a community auditor does not guarantee eligibility for regular degree or nondegree status. To enroll in CU Boulder courses for credit as a nondegree student, please visit the ACCESS program page.
Registered students, either enrolled or suspended, may not attend courses as a Community Auditor. If an admitted degree student is interested in participating in a class without receiving credit, the student must enroll in the course for no credit. Courses taken for no credit are assessed the same tuition rate as courses taken for credit.
The following classes are not available to auditors:
- Any class that exceeds room fire code capacity, or is waitlisted
- Participatory courses (voice, choral, dance, painting, ceramics, computer, theater, photography, musical instrument, studio film etc.)
- Cinema Studies studio courses and CINE/FILM 2000 – Foundations 1
- Online Credit Continuing Education courses
- Summer Session online courses
- Honors Program courses
- HUMN 4135 and HUMN 4011
- International Affairs senior seminar courses (IAFS 4500) and any fully enrolled IAFS course
- First-year law courses (e.g. all LAWS 5000- & some 6000-level) and all law school seminars (any LAWS 8000-level course)
- All graduate level Business courses (ACCT, BADM, MBAC, MBAX, MSBC and MSBX)
- History undergraduate seminar courses in 3000s and HIST 1800
- All Computer Science Post-Bacc (CSPB Courses)
- Foreign language courses, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Korean and Hindi
NOTE: Community members may access language courses through the Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC)
Contact us for more information at email@example.com or 303-492-5148.
Community Auditor Transcripts
There is no credit for audited courses nor are auditors eligible to petition for credit at any time.
Auditors can view and print an unofficial copy of their transcript through Buff Portal, the campus student portal, or request a hard copy through the Office of the Registrar.
Note: To view an unofficial transcript of audited courses in Buff Portal, be sure to change from “All CU Careers” to “Noncredit Career.”
Buff Portal and Identikey
Buff Portal is CU Boulder’s online campus portal. It gives you access to view your course enrollment, book lists, campus announcements, and more.
You’ll need an Identikey, or a unique username, to log in to and access Buff Portal. Use your student identification number to activate your IdentiKey at identikey.colorado.edu.
If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-5148.