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Open University Enrollment in Online Classes

The Open University program is the way by which students who have not been admitted to the University, or who have been denied admission or disqualified, may enroll in courses and receive academic credit: (1) with faculty permission and (2) on a space-available basis. Other criteria may be established by the department or college. For most online courses, the Continuing Education staff will check in advance as to whether the instructor will allow Open University enrollments.

The next opportunity to enroll in courses through Open University will be for the fall 2014 semester.  Open University is not available if you are eligible to enroll as a state-support (admitted) student. If you are enrolled as an Open University student and decide to apply for admission to the University, you still must meet all regular admissions requirements.

The procedure described here is for enrollment in online classes. The process to enroll in on-campus classes may be found here.

Step 1. Talk to an Advisor

If you plan to use your course(s) toward a CSU, Chico degree, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an advisor before attempting to register for any classes.

Step 2. Request your Course(s) to begin the Registration Process.

Open University registration for fall 2014 online courses will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. At that time, a list of courses will be posted for which (1) faculty permission has been obtained in advance by Continuing Education staff and (2) there is still space available. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to this list of courses, some of the academic departments will offer sections of other courses online. If you do not see the courses you want here, you can go to the main CSU, Chico class schedule to see if they are available online. If you find a course there, you will need to send an email to the instructor to request permission to enroll. (Instructor contact information is available in the University’s Faculty-Staff Directory.) If the instructor gives permission, forward his/her email to Nancy Park and then come back to this page to fill out the Class Request Form.

2. Complete the Class Request Form, which also will be posted at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. The deadline to register is September 19, 2014. Fall classes run from August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

Please note: (1) It is likely that online Sociology classes will not be available to Open University students, as it is anticipated that all remaining spaces will be taken by students newly-admitted to the online BA Sociology program. (2) Residents of Chico may not enroll in any online class that is Section 72; they are reserved for distance students.

Step 3: Space Availability and Faculty Permission

Upon receiving your class request form, Continuing Education will check if there is still space available. If there is space, you will be notified by email that you are eligible to take the course. Your payment will be requested at that time by Visa, MasterCard, or check. Payment must be received before your registration can be processed. If you choose to pay by check, we cannot process your registration until your check arrives at the Continuing Education Office.

Step 4: Fee Payment

Fees for the spring 2014 semester were $280 per unit. We do not yet know if this fee will change. When the fall 2014 fee is confirmed, we will post it here. Payment for a class is due in full at the time of registration. Any debts to the University or registration holds must be resolved before registration can be completed. Financial aid through Chico State is not available to Open University students.

Step 5: Student Identification (ID) Card:

You will receive a student ID card within three weeks of registering for your online course, if you haven’t already been issued one during a past semester.

Step 6: How do I Access my Online Class?

After you are enrolled, Continuing Education staff will send you an orientation email. It will give you instructions about setting up a CSU, Chico Portal Account, accessing your courses, receiving technical help, ordering books, and other information to get you started. Many instructors should have instructional materials available starting approximately one week prior to the start of the semester.

Step 7: Be Prepared for Class:

If a syllabus is posted, review the course outline and the book list. Starting approximately two weeks before classes start, you can purchase your books online through the CSU, Chico Wildcat Store.

Disqualified Students and/or Students Who Have Been Denied Admission

If you have been disqualified and/or denied admission at CSU, Chico you will need the permission of the instructor, the department chair, and and an advisor in the undergraduate advising office in order to enroll. This permission is obtained by on-campus students via signatures on a Change of Program (COP) form. Online students request permission from the instructor by email and then forward the instructor’s email permission to Nancy Park. As a courtesy to online distance students, Continuing Education staff will forward the request to the department chair and undergraduate advising via email.

Refund and Drop Policy

A 100% refund, minus a $10 processing fee, is available if a class is dropped before the first day of classes. A 65% refund (minus $10) will be granted to those students who have the instructor’s permission to drop starting the first day of classes (August 25, 2014) through the fourth Friday of the semester (September 19, 2014). No refund will be granted after that date. Students request the instructor’s permission to drop via email, forward the email to Nancy Park, and then she will complete the drop. After the fourth Friday of the semester, additional approvals of the department chair and college dean are required to drop a class, as well as “a serious and compelling reason.” Once you have forwarded the instructor’s permission, as a courtesy Continuing Education will request the chair and dean’s approvals, and contact you when they have been obtained and you have been dropped from the course.

Maximum Units Through Open University Toward a Degree

The maximum amount of Open University units which may be applied toward a CSU, Chico undergraduate (B.A. or B.S.) degree is 24 units. The maximum number of units which may be applied toward a master’s degree is nine units. By that point, you are expected to be admitted to CSU, Chico to continue your degree coursework. If you are planning to pursue a master’s degree, please refer to the department office of the appropriate major to check the unit limit. Note: Master’s Thesis/Project (699) courses cannot be taken through Open University.

Student Health Services

If you are an Open University student taking six or more units you may have access to Student Health Services for $131 per semester. You may pay by calling Continuing Education at (530) 898-6105. The deadline for payment of the Student Health Fee is the fourth Friday of each semester.