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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 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 most online courses, the Continuing Education staff will check in advance as to whether the instructor will allow Open University enrollments.

Open University registration for the fall 2016 semester will open on Monday, August 15, 2016.  The fall 2016 semester begins August 22, 2016 and ends December 16, 2016. 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 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, space-available courses. When the fall list of these courses are available (in mid-August) there will be a link to these courses here.  Permission will have already been granted by the instructors of these courses and enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning August 15.

In addition to the pre-approved courses, some academic departments offer other courses online. Search the main CSU, Chico class schedule for classes with “Location” listed as “WWW ONLINE.”

Step 3. Complete the Open University Online Class Request Form

Starting August 15, a link will be placed here to the online class request form. After submitting the completed form, you will then receive an email confirmation from us containing a copy of your request. Please keep this for your records.

Step 4. Obtain Permission to Enroll

If you request a pre-approved class, you will be put on a registration list for that course. When the 2016 spring semester begins on Monday, August 22, you will be called for your fee payment and enrolled (if there is still space available in the course).

If you request a class from the main university schedule, please forward the confirmation email you received after submitting the online class request form to the instructor and request permission to enroll in the class through Open University. Contact information for all instructors is available in the faculty-staff directory. Forward your approval email(s) to Nancy Park and then call her at 530-898-5671 to pay your fee.

Please note: (1) Completing the form does not guarantee space will be available on August 22. (2) Online Sociology classes will not be available to Open University students, as it is anticipated all remaining 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 courses until the first day of the semester, which is Monday, August 22, 2016. (This is because we are required to give priority 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 2016 semester has not been finalized yet. However, it likely will be similar to the spring 2016 fee, which was $232 per unit. 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 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 the undergraduate advising office 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 the instructor’s email permission to Nancy Park. As a courtesy to online distance students, Continuing Education staff will forward your request and the instructor’s email permission to the department chair and undergraduate advising via email. If the chair and advising both approve you will be contacted for your fee payment.

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, 2016) through the fourth Friday of the semester (September 16, 2016). 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 staff 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 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 $134 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.