Course Audit

The Alumni Course Audit Program gives all GW alumni the benefit of attending a wide selection of GW courses on a not-for-credit basis and is a rewarding way to:

  • enhance professional skills
  • increase knowledge
  • pursue a commitment to lifelong learning

Thank you for your interest in GW’s Course Audit program.

The Course Audit program will remain closed during the Fall 2020 semester for the health and safety of our alumni, students, faculty, and campus visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although the University will welcome students back to campus this fall, for the foreseeable future there are still extensive public health measures including social distancing protocols that we must adhere to. Thank you for understanding. We will share updates about the Course Audit Program on this site as soon as they become available. 

We hope that you remain safe and healthy.

If you have questions please email us at [email protected].


The program is available to GW alumni of all ages and local residents 60 years of age and older who live in the neighborhoods surrounding GW's Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses - specifically, zip codes 20037 and 20006.
Registration for Spring 2020 is now closed.

List of Courses 

Spring 2020 Deadlines:

  • Online registration form for Spring 2020 opens: January 6, 2020.
  • First day of Spring 2020 classes: January 13, 2020.
  • Last day Spring 2020 forms accepted without a $50 late fee: January 24, 2020.
  • Last day to register for Spring 2020: January 31, 2020.
  • Last day full refund is issued for Spring 2020: February 7, 2020.

Permission to Audit

The professor must sign the Course Approval Form or you must collect an email from the professor stating that he or she gives permission and upload the form/email while you register online. In order to ask the professor, we suggest either emailing the professor or asking the professor in person on the first day of the course.

Registration Fees

Alumni under the age of 60: $125.00
Alumni age 60 or over: $65.00
Local residents (non-alumni) age 60 or over: $65.00


If paying by credit card, you can register and make your payment online. Otherwise, please make a check out to "The George Washington University" with the course auditor's name in the memo line and send it to:

GW Office of Alumni Relations
Alumni Course Audit Program
1922 F Street, NW
Suite 321
Washington, DC 20052

After we receive your payment, we will email you a confirmation that you have completed this step in the process. Following this, it usually takes 5–7 business days before you are officially registered for the class.

Processing Your Registration

Registration for Summer 2019 Session I opens on May 12, 2019 and Session II opens on June 24, 2019. The registration process time takes 5–7 business days from when forms are submitted to the time you are officially registered. Turning in your forms to our office does not mean you have been registered for your course. Our office will send you a confirmation email if you have been registered by the Registrar. We will email you if there are any issues processing your registration. We also recommend that you do not make any book purchases, etc. until you have received a confirmation email that you have been officially registered from our office. You may register during the first two weeks of the semester without a late fee, and you can attend classes while your registration is being processed.

**Note: If a course has an associated Lab Fee, Music Course Fee, or Art Course Fee listed on the Schedule of Classes, auditors will be billed for that fee through the Student Accounts office. Auditors are required to pay those fees, and should submit payment directly to Student Accounts. Lab, Music Course, and Art Course Fees are not processed through the Office of Alumni Relations and should not be submitted with registration fee payments. If you audit a course through our program, you will not be able to take that course for credit in the future at the George Washington University.

Course Audit FAQs

All GW Alumni are eligible to participate (that is anyone who took at least 15 full credits at GW). Former and current staff, faculty, or medical residents are not eligible to audit, unless they are a graduate of the George Washington University. Current graduate students are not eligible, unless they are already are alumni of GW.  If an alumnus/a is in a current graduate program he/she must get a memo from the dean of his/her program stating that the class being audited will not be used for the degree program in which he/she is enrolled. Local Foggy Bottom Seniors (ages 60 and above) are also eligible to participate if they live in zip codes 20006 or 20037.

After your registration has been officially completed by the Registrar, you will receive an email from our office explaining that your registration is confirmed.  About 24 hours after you are officially registered you will have access to Blackboard.

You will be charged when you register using the online form. At the end of part one of registration, you will be asked to pay for your course. We will not register you officially until payment is accepted. If you choose to pay by check, you may mail a check to Office of Alumni Relations, 1922 F Street, NW, Suite 32, Washington, DC 20052, but this may add another 5–7 business days to the processing time of your registration. If we do not receive payment within two weeks of your submission of registration, we will not register you for the course.

If you need a receipt, please email [email protected] and the coordinator will email you a receipt of the charge. If you are having someone else pay for you, please make a note of that on your online form or email us that you are doing so. This way we will not postpone sending in your registration form.

If you need to withdraw from the course and receive a refund you may do this within the first two weeks of each semester. If it is past this date, you cannot receive a refund and it is under the discretion of the program coordinator in the case of extenuating circumstances as to whether or not you may receive a partial refund.

If your course is waitlisted, you must wait three weeks and resubmit your registration. We cannot override a waitlisted course. If we see during registration that your course is waitlisted, we will send you an email explaining the resubmission process and asking if you would like to enroll in an alternate course. If you are not interested in another course, we will withdraw your registration and give you a refund, or resubmit your forms on the later date. If we resubmit your forms and your registration is not approved due to capacity limitations, then you cannot attend the class anymore. If you are taking a CCE course and the alumni auditor limit (two per class) has been met or the class has been cancelled, we will let you know by email.

If the course in which you are interested is closed, we will let you know. Courses can be closed even if permission has been granted by the professor at an earlier date, due to capacity limitations. If you have already paid, then we will give you a refund. We will be happy to help you find another course if this is the case.

Corcoran College of Art & Design Alumni: Alumni of Corcoran College of Art & Design are now able to audit courses as you are now a part of our GW alumni community! You can register as a GW alumnus/a throughout the process. 

Corcoran School of Arts and Design Classes:

Corcoran classes are now considered GW classes, so they will be available to audit, only if they are approved by the professor/department and are not on the excluded course list. Please reach out to the Office of Alumni Relations with any questions and/or concerns.

Corcoran Continuing Education Classes:

The Corcoran Continuing Education Program is only available to non-degree students and students enrolled in the Continuing Education Certificate program.  We are now offering a limited number of these courses in our Alumni Course Audit Program. The available courses are listed below and each have 2 reserved seats for alumni available. If the class is bolded, it has been confirmed to run this semester, otherwise, if a class is not filled by students first, it may be canceled.

61957 CCE 1825 Introduction to the Wheel
61546 CCE 2122 Abstract Painting


The fees will include the normal audit fee through our audit program, plus a lab fee which will be billed to you by Student Accounts. If the class is canceled, you will receive a full refund and you will be notified as soon as our office is alerted.