Community Audit Program

Tufts University’s Community Auditing Program (CAP) is coordinated by the Office of Community Relations. CAP offers adults ages 18 and older who reside in Medford or Somerville or are Medford or Somerville teachers the opportunity to attend University lecture courses on a noncredit basis for a modest charge. Auditors may attend the same lectures and work from the same texts as enrolled students.

Community Relations staff members are available to answer your questions. Contact us at communityrelations@tufts.edu or 617-627-3780 with any questions.

Program Requirements

  • All community auditors are required to register with the Community Relations office.  Only registered auditors will be allowed to participate in a class.  Please contact us to request a registration form.
  • Interested auditors must schedule an interview with Community Relations to register.
  • Community auditors must be a resident of one of our host communities of Medford, Somerville, or Chinatown. Proof of residency is required to register (examples: driver’s license, utility bill, credit card statement, bank statement, etc.).
  • Community auditors are only allowed into courses where space is available and the instructor has given his/her consent.  These are more likely to be lecture classes.  Community auditors’ registrations cannot be confirmed until one week into the semester.
  • Classes at The Gordon Institute, the Fletcher School or on other Tufts campuses are not available to community auditors.
  • Community auditors do not receive Tufts academic credit.
  • Faculty teaching a class must approve adding an auditor to the roster.
  • Community auditors may register for one lecture course per semester for $300. Auditors must submit payment on or before the last day of registration. The fee is non-refundable after the last day of registration.
  • Community Auditors may take one summer course at no cost through Tufts Summer School (there is a $55 registration fee).

Procedural Information

  • Campus Parking: Auditors can purchase a visitor/guest parking pass from the Administrative Services office located on the first floor of Dowling Hall during regular business hours from 9 AM to 5 PM, or from a Tufts University Department of Public Safety police dispatcher after hours and on weekends. These passes are available for $5.00/day. Auditors may also park in the Parking Garage located in Dowling Hall in Medford at 419 Boston Avenue for $5.00/day. More info here.
  • Tufts Guest Wireless is available to auditors.
  • “Trunk” (web access to class material) is available.
  • Library borrowing privileges must be offered by the faculty member.
  • Gym access is not a benefit of the Community Audit program.
  • CAP should not be confused with the Graduate Career Advancement Program (GCAP), administrated through the Graduate Studies Department.
  • Any change in course selection must be made through the Office of Community Relations.

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