Yale alumni and their spouses are permitted to audit undergraduate courses in Yale College with permission of instructor. A $600 per-course fee grants access to undergraduate courses and faculty as well as the University library system, including borrowing privileges.
Note: For Fall 2020, only remote auditing is available.
Before alumni may audit a course, our office must verify their degree. To do so, email name (first, middle, and last) and year of graduation to the Director of the Yale Alumni Auditing Program, contact listed below. Alumni spouses should email their spouse’s name (first, middle, and last) and year of graduation.
The deadline to request verification is one week into the term. Please consult the Yale College Calendar of Pertinent Deadlines for the current deadline.
Verified participants in this program must submit a Yale Undergraduate Auditing Course form for each course they seek to audit.
Which courses may I audit?
The Yale Alumni Auditing Program offers access to Yale College (undergraduate) courses (i.e., courses numbered between 100-499 only). First-year and Residential College Seminars are not open to auditors.
May I audit a graduate or professional school course?
To audit a course in one of Yale’s graduate or professional schools (i.e., courses numbered 500-999), contact that school directly to inquire about their auditing procedures. The Yale Alumni Auditing Program offers access to undergraduate courses only.
Is permission of the instructor required?
Yes. Your course instructor must sign your auditing form before you may begin auditing. [In lieu of a written signature, you may instead forward the instructor’s email approval when you submit the form.] Once you obtain the instructor’s approval, email the completed form to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that instructors may set their own auditing policies, and that some accept auditors, while others do not.
Where do I find Yale College course information?
When is my auditing form due?
Yale College Auditing forms are due on the last day that undergraduate course schedules are due each term; please review the Yale College Calendar of Pertinent Deadlines.
Will I receive course credit for the courses I audit?
Auditors do not earn course credits. If you wish to take classes for credit, please consider applying to the Non-Degree Students Program.
Do I receive a Yale ID card and NetID?
No. We do not issue a Yale ID card or a NetID, as neither are needed to audit courses. Auditors may obtain a library access card from the Sterling Memorial Library Permissions Desk, which issues borrowing privileges. We will send you instructions on getting a library card once we verify your degree.
Note: Due to pandemic testing protocols, physical access to the Sterling Library will not be available to auditors.