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The Manhattanville Course Auditing and Lifelong Learners Program provides adults not currently enrolled in college with the opportunity to attend selected lectures from the University’s offerings in the Arts and Sciences during the academic year, and is available to the residents of the Manhattanville and Grant Houses, and the local Manhattanville community.

Qualifying Zip Codes in Upper Manhattan

10025, 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035 (including Randall's Island), 10037, 10039, 10040.

Qualifying Zip Codes in South Bronx

10451, 10454, 10455, 10474.

Auditors are encouraged to attend class and to keep up with the reading. No examinations or papers are required, no grade is assigned, and no credit is granted for course completion.

Auditors are silent participants in class and may join in discussions only at the discretion of the instructor.

Auditors may not concurrently enroll in courses for credit. Audited courses may not be repeated for credit. Foreign language and literature courses are not open to auditors, nor are courses offered during the summer session.

Course Availability

A limited number of courses are available to auditors. Students enrolled in the Manhattanville Auditing program may take up to two courses per academic-year.

No more than three auditors are permitted in courses with enrollments less than 30. No more than five are permitted in classes with enrollments greater than 30. No exceptions are made to this limitation, even if an instructor grants permission.

Under no circumstances may seminars, limited enrollment courses, or courses above the 4000 level be audited, even if the instructor gives permission.

Only academic-year courses may be audited. Auditing is not allowed for Summer Term courses.

The courses available to auditors are typically posted 1 month prior to the start of the term. To view the courses open to auditors please go to the Directory of Classes, Columbia’s online course bulletin: You can search for auditing courses by clicking “A” in the “Course Listings by Department” box and scrolling down to where the Auditing Department is listed.


Application Deadline

Since there is limited space available to auditors, and seats are taken on a first-come, first-served basis once registration is open, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as the courses are posted (1 month prior to the start of classes).

The Manhattanville Course Auditing and Lifelong Learners Program
Fall Aug. 15
Spring Jan. 5

Admission Requirements

The Auditing Program is available to adults who:

  1. Have not recently attended high school
  2. Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
  3. Are residents of the Manhattanville or Grant Houses, or of the local Manhattanville community
  4. Would like to sit in a designated class as a silent observer

Auditors may not concurrently enroll in courses for credit. Audited courses may not be repeated for credit.

Application Materials

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Online applications can be processed more efficiently.

  1. Completed Online Application form.
  2. Proof of residence. Applicants submit a photocopy of appropriate documentation of residence (driver's license, state issued ID, current utility bill).


Students in the Manhattanville Auditing Program do not pay tuition.

Program Contacts

General Information, Admissions Questions, and Advising


Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions


Mailing Address and Campus Location

Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Newly admitted and continuing auditors will be notified when the available courses are posted for the upcoming term and will receive detailed instructions regarding registration procedures at that time. Students registering after the designated registration period will be charged the University-wide late registration fee. The Directory of Classes lists the available courses and includes class time and location as well as the class call number needed at the time of registration. You can search for auditing courses by clicking “A” in the “Course Listings by Department” box and scrolling down to where the Auditing Department is listed.

In order to register, admitted students must first activate their Columbia University email.

Activate Your Columbia Email

In order to register online and to access Columbia’s secure online applications, including Student Services Online (SSOL), CourseWorks, and online library resources, all students must activate a Columbia email account. Once you activate your Columbia email you are responsible for checking it regularly. Columbia and the School of Professional Studies use email as an official means of communication with students. Many important University communications, including notification of the Student Account Statement availability, are via email only. You are responsible for all official University communications sent to your Columbia email address.

In order to create a Columbia email account you will need a University Network ID (UNI). Here’s how to locate your UNI:

  1. Go to
  2. Type in your name in the “Forgot UNI? (lookup Your UNI by name)” yellow search box and then click “search”
  3. Your name will appear on the screen along with a Columbia email account – the letters and numbers that precede “” make up your UNI

Once you have your UNI, go to, click on the “Activate UNI or Email” link and follow the simple instructions for activating your Columbia email account.

Obtain a Columbia ID Card

The University ID card grants you access to the libraries and secure campus locations, allows you to purchase services at campus cafes and the University bookstore and enables you to take advantage of cultural discount programs in New York City. Read more about the many University ID card features on the ID Center website.

There are two ways to get your Columbia University ID card:

  1. In person in the ID center in 204 Kent Hall once you are registered for classes
  2. Submit a photo online. The photo format should be passport-style and meet the following requirements:
    • The photo should be a color, JPEG file
    • The background should be uniform and light-colored
    • No photos with sunglasses or hats will be accepted
    • You must be facing forward, with your head and shoulders clearly visible
    • The file cannot exceed 100k in size

To submit a photo, first make sure you have activated your UNI, then log into the secure site ( to submit your ID photo. Once the ID Center notifies you that your photo has been accepted, you can pick up your ID card from the ID Center:

Location: 204 Kent Hall
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday;
9 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday
Phone: (212) 854-5883