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Who is a Senior Citizen Audit Student?

In fall 2017, the General Assembly authorized the Board of Governors to promulgate rules permitting those who have attained the age of 65 and who meet applicable admission standards to enroll to audit courses tuition-free on a space available basis.

Auditing allows a student to enroll and attend a class without receiving academic credit. While the course counts as attempted hours, it does not count as earned hours, GPA hours, quality points, or in a GPA calculation.  Audit students cannot later retake courses completed as Audit for credit or toward degree requirements.

How do I apply?

Senior citizens 65 years of age or older who are not currently enrolled at UNCW and wish to audit a class will need to submit an online application to the Office of Admissions.  Create a SeaLevel account and click on "Apply to UNCW" and then on "Online Application".  The SeaLevel application will allow you to save your information at any point and continue later prior to submission.

Should you decide to pursue your education at UNCW with the intention of earning an undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a separate application to the Office of Admissions by the published deadline.  Acceptance as a non-degree senior citizen audit student does not guarantee admission to the university as a degree-seeking student.  If admitted as a degree-seeking student, tuition and fees will apply.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020 – August 23, 2020
Summer 2020 – June 28, 2020
Spring 2020 – January 16, 2020

Admission decision letters will be uploaded to your SeaLevel account and sent via US mail.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.  The Office of Admissions takes pride in working with you and we look forward to welcoming you to campus!

 Application Process

 Senior citizens 65 years of age or older who are not currently enrolled at UNCW and wish to audit a class must:

  • Submit an application for admission through SeaLevel as a Senior Citizen Audit student
  • Obtain the instructor's permission to audit each course prior to submitting the application and provide the Course Registration Number (CRN) for the approved course in the appropriate section of your application.

An application fee is not required for senior citizen audit students. 

For specific questions about deadlines or the application process, please call 910.962.3243 or email admissions@uncw.edu.


The Office of the Registrar will process your registration using the Course Registration Number (CRN) you provided, as long as space is available.  Audit registrations are processed after new student orientations are completed.  Laboratory, studio, performance, distance education, independent study, internship, or special topic courses are ineligible for this free tuition opportunity.

Prior to registration, you must submit proof of age to the Office of the Registrar (910.962.3125, registrar@uncw.edu).  A government issued ID is the preferred documentation source. 

If you register for more than four (4) credit hours, you will need to comply with the immunization requirements under North Carolina state law. Please contact Student Health Services at 910.962.3280 for more information.

Auditing additional classes in subsequent terms does not require a new application.  However, if you miss two or more consecutive semesters, you must reapply through the Office of Admissions.  Follow these steps to submit your audit registration for the next term.

  1. Using your UNCW email address, email the course instructor and request approval to register as an audit student. Remember to include the Course Registration Number (CRN), Course Name and Course Number.
  2. If approval to register is granted, forward the email to registrar@uncw.edu.