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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 Leah Boudreau at 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, Chinatown, Mission Hill or the Fenway. Proof of residency is required to register (examples: recent 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 the first day of the course.
  • 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 course per semester for $300. Payment may be made online, or by check or money order made payable to "Trustees of Tufts College". Payment is due by the end of the second week of classes.
  • Community Auditors may audit a summer course through Tufts Summer Session. Please consult the website for the registration link and a list of professor-approved audit courses. The cost to audit a summer course is $390 per course (plus a one time registration fee of $65).
  • Payment may be made by credit card in full, through your eBill in Tufts SIS, or in person at Dowling Hall, Student Services, at 419 Boston Avenue after interviewing with Community Relations.

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 $8.00/day. Auditors may also park in the Parking Garage located in Dowling Hall in Medford at 419 Boston Avenue for $8.00/day. More information about parking on campus here.
  • Tufts Guest Wireless is available to auditors.
  • “Trunk” (web access to class material) is available.
  • 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 Student Services.
  • Any change in course selection must be made through the Office of Community Relations.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2019 Semester
    • Classes begin September 3, 2019
    • Deadline to apply for Community Audit Program: September 13, 2019
    • Registration period ends: September 17, 2019
  • Spring 2020 Semester
    • Classes begin January 15, 2019
    • Deadline to apply for Community Audit Program: January 24, 2020
    • Registration period ends: January 29, 2020

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