It is possible to audit courses at Oberlin, but it is up to the discretion of each professor for each course they teach each semester as to whether or not you will be able to audit. Auditing means that the class does not show up on your transcript, though depending on the course, you will be required to complete the workload to participate (but again, that is up to the professor’s discretion).
If you place out of a class, you do not have to skip the class even if you are eligible to do so. Talking to your advisor would be a good idea regardless of your choice, and I would talk to any relevant professors of the courses you wish to audit before you finalize your semester schedule.
- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator
Edit: Upon a second consult, it seems that audits both show up on your transcript and there is a limit to how many you can take per semester. Read more or contact the registrars office (registrar[AT]oberlin.edu) for more info on the technical side of auditing.