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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Auditing Programs

Learning informs, enlightens and enriches our lives continuously.  The Auditing Programs administered by the School of Professional Studies invite adults to join the greater Columbia University community through select Arts and Science courses in subjects such as English, literature, history, religion and philosophy.

Auditors attend class on Columbia’s campus in Manhattan during the spring or fall term and participate in assigned readings or other methods of information gathering. You may take part in classroom discussions only at the discretion of the instructor. Examinations and written assignments are waived for auditors who, in turn, receive no grades or academic credit.


Program Options
Program Details Requirements
General Auditing

Individuals who are interested in auditing Columbia University courses may apply for the general program.

  • Have not recently attended high school
  • Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
Lifelong Learners Auditing

Individuals 65 years of age or older who are interested in auditing courses may enroll at a discount as Lifelong Learners.

  • Have not recently attended high school
  • Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
  • Are 65 years or older
Manhattanville Course Auditing

Local community members may apply to audit selected courses at no charge.

  • Have not recently attended high school 
  • Are not currently enrolled in a college or university 
  • Reside in Upper Manhattan or the South Bronx

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Learn more about Auditing Programs at Columbia University School of Professional Studies, or contact the program advisor.

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Study with Us

As admissions to our programs are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.