Yale Alumni Auditing Program for Yale Undergraduate Courses

The information and form on this page are for undergraduate courses only (i.e., courses numbered 100-499).

If you wish to audit graduate courses (i.e., courses numbered 500 or higher), consult the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for its auditing procedures or contact the professional school whose course you wish to audit. 

Are you a Yale University alumnus or alumna, or an alumni spouse?  If so, you are eligible to audit Yale College courses. 

For more information on how to get started, please read the FAQs, below.


Who can participate in the Yale Alumni Auditing Program?

Degree-holding Yale alumni and their spouses may audit Yale undergraduate classes.

How do I audit a course?

Before alumni may audit a course, our office must first verify their degree. To do so, email name (first, middle, and last) and year of graduation to Joel Silverman, at j.silverman@yale.edu.  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, both in the fall and the spring.  Please consult the Yale College Calendar of Pertinent Deadlines for the current deadline.

Once we verify your degree, we will email the procedure of auditing a course.

Is there a fee for auditing courses?

Yes. There is a $600 per-course fee, which gives auditors access to Yale undergraduate courses and faculty, and to the Yale University library system, including borrowing privileges.

Do I need to complete an auditing form?

Yes. Verified participants in this program must submit a Yale Undergraduate Auditing Course form for each course they seek to audit.  Forms are available online and in the Special Programs Office at 1 Prospect Street [click link for directions], in the Academic Affairs suite (lower level).

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.

Which courses may I audit?

The Yale Alumni Auditing Program offers access o 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 School or professional school course?

To audit graduate or professional school courses (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 and the director of the Yale Alumni Auditing Program, Joel Silverman, must sign your auditing form before you may begin auditing. Once you obtain the instructor’s signature, email the signed, completed form to j.silverman@yale.edu, or drop it off at our office located at 1 Prospect Street, SSS 20, lower level. For your convenience, we have a drop off box on our reception desk. 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?

The Yale College Programs of Study contains a detailed description of the courses offered in Yale College. Online listings are available through Yale Course Search.

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.

Where is the auditing office located?

The auditing office is part of the Special Programs unit of Academic Affairs and is located on the lower level of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS), at 1 Prospect Street [click link for directions], New Haven, CT.


Joel Silverman (j.silverman@yale.edu)