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Open University Enrollment in Online Classes

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

Open University registration begins the first day of the fall 2017 semester, which begins August 21, 2017 and ends December 15, 2017. Open University is not available if you are an admitted Chico State 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 last date to enroll in a fall course through Open University is Friday, September 17, 2017.

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 online degree, it is strongly recommended that you talk to an advisor before attempting to register for any classes.

Step 2. Select a Class

Choose from a list of pre-approved, courses. On August 14, 2017, a short list of online courses for which there is space available and permission has already been granted by the instructors will be posted on this page. To request registration, go to step 3 below. If there is still space available in these courses on August 21, 2017, you will be contacted for your fee payment and enrolled.

In addition to the pre-approved courses, many academic departments offer other courses online. Search the main CSU, Chico class schedule for classes with “Location” listed as “WWW ONLINE” and “Entirely Internet Based” below the course listing. You will need the instructor’s permission to enroll (see Step 4, below).

Step 3. Request the Online Add/Drop Form

Starting on August 14, 2017 you will complete our online Open University Interest form below to receive a link to the Course Request form.

Fill out my online form.

Step 4. Obtain Permission to Enroll

If you request a pre-approved class, you will be placed on a pending registration list for that course. On Friday, August 19, 2017 you will be contacted for your fee payment and enrolled (if there is still space available in the course).

If you plan to take any other online class from the main University schedule, you can submit your registration request through the form under “Step 3” beginning Monday, January 16. After submitting the online class request form to Regional & Continuing Education, send an email request to the instructor requesting permission to enroll in the class through Open University. Contact information for all instructors is available in the faculty-staff directory. Once you have received permission via email from the instructor, forward your approval email(s) to Nancy Park. You will then be contacted on Friday, August 19, 2017 for your fee payment and enrollment.

Please note: (1) Completing the form does not guarantee space will be available on August 19, when we may begin enrollment. (2) Online Sociology classes will not be available to Open University students, as all spaces will be taken by a large group of students newly admitted to the online BA Sociology program. (3) Residents of Chico may not enroll in any online class that is Section 72; these sections are reserved for distance students.

Step 5: Enrollment & Fee Payment

Open University students may not be enrolled into fall semester 2017 online courses until Friday, August 19, 2017. (Open University students in on-campus courses may not enroll until Monday, August 21). This is because enrollment priority must be given to admitted students. At that point, Continuing Education staff will check if there is still space available in the course you requested. If there is space, you will be notified by phone and 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.

The Open University fee for the fall 2017 semester is likely to be $286 per unit. Payment 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 6: Access Your Online Class

After you are enrolled, Continuing Education staff will send you an orientation email. It will provide instructions for setting up a CSU, Chico Portal Account, accessing your courses, receiving technical help, ordering books, and other information to get you started.

Step 7: Prepare for Class

If a syllabus is posted, review the course outline and the book list. Books may be purchased online through the CSU, Chico Wildcat Store.

Disqualified Students and/or Students Who Have Been Denied Admission

If you have been disqualified or denied admission to CSU, Chico you will need the permission of the instructor, the department chair, and an advisor in Academic Advising Programs in order to enroll. This permission is obtained by on-campus students via signatures on an Open University Add/Drop Form. Online students request permission from the instructor by email and then forward their request to the department chair and dean. When all three permissions are obtained, they need to be forwarded to Nancy Park. Starting on January 20, you will be contacted for your fee payment.

Refund and Drop Policy

A 65% refund will be granted to those students who drop their course(s) starting the first day of classes (August 21, 2017) through the fourth Friday of the semester (September 15, 2017). No refund will be granted for drops after September 15.

Students may drop courses without the instructor’s permission through Friday, September 1, 2017. From September 2 through September 15, students must request the instructor’s permission to drop via email and then forward the instructor’s approval to Nancy Park. Drops after September 15 require additional approvals of the department chair and college dean, as well as a “serious and compelling reason.”

Maximum Units Through Open University Toward a Degree

The maximum amount of Open University credit 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 $135 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.

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.