Audit/Visiting Student Information

In order to have an audit recorded on a transcript, the student must formally register as an auditor and must attend at least eighty percent of the class sessions. A professor may exclude auditors from a particular course by notifying the Registrar before registration that auditors will not be permitted. No course credit can be changed to audit after late registration. Tuition for audits will be charged on a per-credit basis at a lesser audit rate.

To register as an auditor, fill out the online application here and contact the admissions office to let us know you want to audit a course. Auditing a course is a great way to get a taste of seminary education or continue learning after graduation.

Northern Alumni/ae

Students who have a degree from Northern Seminary must also register for any course they would like to audit.  However, they are only required to complete the application and registration form available here.


Visiting Student

A visiting student is one who is already enrolled at a seminary or graduate school and is simply seeking to take one course at Northern Seminary. ACTS (Association of Chicago Theological Schools) students should use the ACTS form supplied by your school rather than this visiting student form.

In order to be considered as a Visiting Student, you must supply a current transcript from your seminary or graduate school confirming your enrollment and good standing. In place of an official transcript, you may have your registrar send a letter of confirmation verifying your enrollment or good standing. One of these must be received prior to your admission and course registration.

Note: A Visiting Student status is reserved for a student who intends to take only one course at Northern and have the course grade sent to your current Seminary or Graduate School. ACTS students should not use a Visiting Student Application but should register through your school’s registrar. Non-ACTS students may only take one course in a Visiting Student status, a student who desires more than one class should apply as a Student At Large. Use the regular Application for Admission as a Student At Large (may take up to 12 hours in SAL status).

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