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Lay Auditor (LAUD)

Lay persons who do not qualify as Ministers in the Vicinity but wish to audit courses may apply for Lay Auditor (LAUD) status and pay relevant fees. Forms may be obtained from the registrar. Lay Auditors may not receive course credit. 

Role within courses and instructor’s permission

Ordinarily, persons wishing to take courses as LAUDs do not need the permission of the instructor. However, some courses may not be open to LAUD participation, or may require previous consultation with the instructor. Applicants should consult the catalogue descriptions of the courses they wish to attend and abide by any restrictions noted there. If the enrollment is restricted in any course, auditors are subject to those restrictions.

LAUDs are welcome to attend classes and audit only; however, in some cases, depending upon the wishes of the instructor, LAUDs may also be expected to meet certain class requirements such as reading materials and participating in discussions.

Lay Auditors are subject to deadlines and other regulations. Lay Auditor privileges do not include some specialized courses.


One or two courses may be audited for any semester. Courses for which registration is on an audit basis cannot be renegotiated as credit courses at a later date.


All auditors must pay a registration fee for each semester. Payment in full must accompany the application/registration form. Please note that all regular Andover Newton deadlines and fees apply.

Lay Auditor Registration Deadlines

LAUD students must adhere to the Andover Newton school calendar and deadlines as stated in the Academic Calendar. Please note that all registrations must be completed and received by the close of the registration period or a late fee will be charged. Inquiries regarding Lay Auditor status may be directed to the registrar at

For registration forms, see the Registrar's Forms page.

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