An auditor is a student who attends a class to acquire knowledge, but not to earn credits or a grade. Audited courses do not count toward completing degree requirements. An auditor may not change his or her status after the fifth week of classes. Auditors must attend classes regularly, complete assigned reading, and participate in discussions, but they are excused from examinations.

Auditors are admitted to a course on a space-available basis and in accordance with the rules of the School or College offering the course. Auditors are subject to the full tuition and fees of the course.


Within the University

If space is available and if permitted by the School or College giving the course, students may cross-register and receive degree credit for courses outside their School or College of registration. In most cases, a student’s advisor must approve cross-registration selections. Courses offered by Metropolitan College may require special permission.

With Other Universities

Several Schools and Colleges within Boston University have formal, cooperative arrangements for cross-registration at nearby institutions. Information and permission may be obtained from the student’s School or College.


To add or drop a course, eligible students may use WebReg on the Student Link or complete a Class Adjustment form, available from their School or College. Students should consult with their advisors before adding or dropping a course. No course may be added after the first two weeks of classes.

A course dropped during the first five weeks of classes will not appear on the student’s permanent record. A course dropped after the first five weeks of classes will appear on the student’s record as W, and the student will be charged for the course.

Courses may be dropped up to the end of the eighth week of classes. After that point, no course may be dropped. Office of the University Registrar

2 credit courses may have a different add/drop date. Please refer to the Student Link under University Course Schedule for alternate add/drop dates in red.


An officially registered student is one who is registered for classes and who has settled all charges with Student Accounting Services.

Candidates for admission to degree programs may not register until they receive a formal statement of acceptance. Students accepted to the University register according to instructions provided by their School or College. If the registration occurs before the billing deadline, Student Accounting Services will mail an invoice (statement of charges). If the registration is not processed by the billing deadline, the student will not receive an invoice in the mail and will have to complete the payment process in person.

Continuing students register for courses in October or November for the spring semester and March or April for the fall semester. Eligible continuing students may access WebReg on the Student Link (a Web-based system) to register for courses for the semester. An invoice is prepared on the basis of the student’s status and class selections. Official registration is complete when Student Accounting Services receives full payment.

No student will be allowed to register after the first week of classes (MET courses: after the second week of classes). Students in special programs that commence later in a semester will not be allowed to register later than the end of the first week of the program.

Undergraduate Students

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Graduate Students

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