Audit a Course

A course audit is allowed on a space-available basis and with instructor consent. Here's what you need to know.

What does auditing a course mean?

Auditing means that you attend a course but you will not receive credit in the course, are not given regular grades, and do not have such courses counted as part of your credit load for determining full-time or part-time status or eligibility for financial aid, athletics, or insurance purposes.

Who can audit a course?

Only Parkside Students can audit a course.

Current degree seeking students may audit a course, generally in consultation with an advisor. 

step 1

Apply to Parkside as an Auditor and Activate your Accounts Skip to Step 3 if you are already a Parkside student!

Apply to Parkside as an undergraduate non-degree seeking Auditor using the UW System application.

Through the admission process, you'll receive an email with instructions to activate Okta (a Multifactor Authentication application), RangerMail (official campus email) and SOLAR (campus student information system), plus any additional steps.

Step 2

Accept Terms and Conditions

Students complete the Terms & Conditions agreement in their SOLAR account

  • Log in to SOLAR
  • Select the Tasks tile
  • In the To Do List click Terms and Conditions
  • Read through Terms and Conditions, click Accept, click Save, click Next
  • Indicate your marital status, click Submit, click Next
  • Click Finish.

After you click Finish, your Terms and Conditions Registration hold will be removed from your SOLAR account so that the Registrar's Office can enroll you into the classes you will submit to them. For a step-by-step visual guide on How to accept Terms and Conditions in SOLAR


Submit the Request to Audit a Course Form

Using the Audit a Course Form link, choose the Request to Audit a Course form and be sure to use your RangerMail in the request. When the form arrives to your RangerMail, complete and submit it following the instructions on the form.

View the online Course Schedule to find course details, including the instructor’s name. The campus Directory can be used to find contact information for the instructor, as you’ll need their signature on the Request to Audit a Course form. Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

Registration for audits cannot be done using SOLAR. An email notification will be sent to your RangerMail.



See the Concierge Desk in the Student Center to obtain a Ranger Card. Your Ranger Card serves both as your official university ID and as a tool to pay for services on campus such as dining, vending, and printing.

Visit the UW-Parkside Campus Police department to buy a parking permit.

Contact the Tech Bar at 262-595-2444 if you can’t log into your SOLAR, RangerMail, or Canvas pages.

Audit-only students have access to the library and can add funds to a RangerCard.

Tuition and Fees for Course Audits
Tuition differs depending on the following criteria

Tuition for Credit and Audit Students
Any student taking a combination of audits and credits will be charged for all credits and audits at the credit rate unless you are a Wisconsin Resident over 60. All audit course fees for Wisconsin residents over age 60 are waived. All students are responsible for special costs such as online fees and class/lab fees. Students are also responsible for parking fees.

Tuition for Audit-Only Students
Audits may be taken with no per-credit audit fee if you are an audit-only student receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits OR if you are 60 years of age as of the first day of class and a resident of Wisconsin. Those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance wanting to audit a class with no per-credit audit fee must submit their SSI benefit letter to the Cashier’s Office before the first day of the term.

Discounted rates are available for Wisconsin residents under age 60, Minnesota Reciprocity students, and non-residents.

All students are responsible for special costs such as online fees and class/lab fees. Students are also responsible for parking fees.

Changes in Audit/Credit Status
Credit to Audit or Audit to Credit

During the first and second week of a semester course, degree seeking students may change any course from credit to audit or from audit to credit with instructor consent.

Beginning the third week, a course may not be changed from audit to credit status.

In the third and fourth week, degree seeking students may change from credit to audit only with late approval (signature of the instructor, department chair, and dean). Beginning the fifth week, a class can no longer be changed from credit to audit.

The Office of the Registrar will determine comparable deadlines for courses less than a semester in length and summer or winterim courses.

Registrar's Office


The Commons
Wyllie Hall D1
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

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