In certain situations, and under various conditions (such as space availability), interested persons may audit one or more courses at Rice. During the fall or spring semesters, potential visiting student auditors must have earned at least a high school diploma/equivalent. During the summer sessions, potential visiting student auditors who have not earned at least a high school diploma/equivalent may be considered. Auditors must have the minimum and prerequisite requirements to ensure that they meet the audit requirements for that course, as defined by the instructor.

Information and detailed instructions on the visiting auditor application process, for the fall and spring semesters, can be found on the Visiting Student Programs website. Potential auditors seeking to enroll in the summer semester should formally apply to enroll in Rice’s Summer Sessions.

There are no credit hours earned by auditing a course, an audited course cannot be counted or applied towards a degree, and there is no ultimate GPA impact to the student. Upon completion, the audited course will appear on the student’s transcript with a grade of either “AUD” or “NC” (see Grade Symbols). Instructors submit the AUD (“Audit”) grade if the student met the audit requirements of the course as defined by the instructor. Instructors submit the NC (“No Credit”) grade to students who for whatever reason did not meet the audit requirements. 

During the fall and spring semesters, and/or during the summer sessions, an audit fee of $1,000 per course per semester is charged for the privilege of auditing (see Cashier's website). Rice alumni may audit a course at a reduced rate, $500 per course per semester. 

A request to audit a class or to change from audit to credit or vice versa must be done by the deadlines as posted in the Academic Calendar for the applicable semester.  

Currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice students will find more information regarding auditing in the undergraduate and graduate sections.  

Please note that financial assistance is not available for auditing students.