Community Auditing

Princeton University's Community Auditing Program (CAP) enables members of the community, high school graduates ages 18 and above, to audit, or sit in on, University lectures on a non-credit basis for $200 per course unless otherwise noted. Auditors must live in New Jersey or be within a 50 mile radius of Princeton University. On average, 150-175 classes are available each semester for auditing. No credit or certification is given for CAP classes. However, certified teachers currently working in New Jersey and Au Pairs may obtain written verification for classes they have audited.

Program Rules

  • All auditors are required to register for classes through the CAP office.
  • All auditors must live no more than 50 miles from the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • All auditors must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination record.
  • All auditors must submit a weekly COVID-19 PCR test to be eligible to attend in-person classes.
  • You may only attend classes that you are enrolled in. Those found attending a class they are not registered for will be suspended from the program for two full semesters beginning immediately. Inability to abide by this rule may lead to permanent prohibition from future participation in the Community Auditing Program.
  • Auditors may register for up to 3 University classes per semester. Auditor Only classes are not counted as University classes.
  • Auditors do not take exams, join labs or precepts, or participate in class. All communication about the program and/or classes must go through the CAP office. Auditors are not permitted to contact professors or departments directly. Those ignoring this policy will be suspended from the program for two full semesters beginning immediately.

Special Program Rules For 2021-2022

Community Auditing Program classes for the 2020-2021 semester will be held in-person.  

COVID-19 information: All auditors who register for an in-person class will be required to independently obtain a weekly COVID-19 PCR test. The test result must be negative in order to be admitted to class. Masks must be work in class at all times.

All University buildings will remain locked. Registered auditors will receive a TigerCard to access the building their class is being held in. Auditors may only attend classes they are registered for. Any Auditor found in a University building or classroom space not associated with their class will be permanently removed from the program.

  • All auditors must be fully vaccinated and a copy of the vaccination record must be on file in the Community Auditing office.

  • All auditors must submit a weekly COVID-19 PCR test to be eligible to attend in-person classes.

Auditors are prohibited from recording, downloading, copying, or sharing information presented during class. All information is the property of the professor and Princeton University.

Opinions presented during lectures are subject to Chatham House Rules (chathamhouse.org). Identity and affiliation of the speaker may not be revealed on social media or in personal discussions.

The primary mission of the University is to serve as a preeminent educational and research institution for fully enrolled students. Thus, auditors are to be as unobtrusive as possible in the classroom and considerate of the fully enrolled students by doing the following:

  • Refrain from commenting or asking questions during the class;
  • Refrain from speaking or emailing the professor unless the professor initiates the communication;
  • Arrive to class on-time and refrain from exiting until the class has ended;
  • Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices before entering the classroom;
  • Those auditors who do not adhere to the above requirements will be asked to leave the program.

If you have a question for a professor, kindly forward it to pucap@princeton.edu and we will contact the professor on your behalf.

Questions? Please call (609) 258-0202 or send us an email by clicking email.

Important Dates

New Auditor Account Creation: June 1-11, 2021

New Auditor Activation:
June 7-17, 2021 by virtual appointment, weekdays only

Course Registration: August 25-27, 2021

Cancellation Deadline: September 14, 2021 by 5pm