Open University lets you take Chico State classes on a space-available basis, without requiring formal admission to the University. It provides an opportunity for the general public and disqualified/denied students to have access to regularly scheduled University classes without going through the admissions process.
- If you are an admitted CSU, Chico student, you are not eligible to take classes through Open University.
- If you are an Open University student and decide to apply for admission to the University, you must meet all regular admission requirements. Contact the University Admissions Office for additional information.
- If you have been academically disqualified or denied admission to CSU, Chico, you will need to obtain the signatures of the instructor, department chair, and a staff member from Academic Advising (undergraduates) or the Graduate School (graduates) for each course. Return the completed form with all appropriate signatures to Continuing Education for registration and fee payment.
- Some academic departments have certain Open University restrictions.
- Qualified CSU, Chico employees who want to participate must seek managerial approval.
Open University is for:
- Community members who want to take a university course
- Students in high school or from other colleges and universities
- Prospective students who applied late to Chico State or were denied admission
- Recent students who need a limited number of courses to complete their degree
- Current CSU, Chico students who have been academically disqualified
- Qualified CSU, Chico faculty and staff who want to take a course
Four Easy Steps To Enroll
All classes — except for some Special Session or self-support classes — in the current term class schedule are available for Open University enrollment on a space available basis. Open University enrollments must be completed by the fourth Friday of the semester (the census date).
Step 1: Select Your Class
Select classes from the current University Class Schedule.
Step 2: Complete an Add/Drop Form
Download the Add/Drop form or pick up a copy from the Continuing Education office.
Step 3: Get Permission & Signatures
Request permission of the instructor to enroll. Permission is contingent upon whether there is space available in the class, as well as other criteria established by the instructor, department, or college. Permission is entirely at the instructor’s discretion. The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management requires the department chair’s signature.
If permission is granted, have the instructor of department chair sign the Add/Drop form.
Step 4: Pay Fees
Return your completed Add/Drop form to Continuing Education with the payment of fees. Fees are $280 per unit. Qualified CSU, Chico employees pay $60 per unit, plus any course fees.
Forms with signatures more than ten working days old will not be accepted.
You are officially registered after your fees are paid and the forms have been processed by Continuing Education. Any debt to the University or registration hold must be resolved before registration can take place. Financial aid is not available to cover Open University fees.
Classes added after the fourth Friday of the semester (census date) require permission of the instructor, department chair, and dean and a serious and compelling reason.
- To drop a class, an Add/Drop Form form must be completed and returned to Continuing Education. Failure to do so constitutes an unofficial withdrawal and can result in a failing grade for the course.
- Students can drop classes through the second week of class without permission.
- After the second week, instructor permission is required to drop courses. A signature of permission is required on the Add/Drop form, and must be no more than 10 days old when the form is presented for processing.
- After the fourth Friday (census date), a serious and compelling reason, as well as permission of the instructor, department chair, and college dean is required to drop courses. Signatures of permission are required on the Add/Drop form, and must be no more than 10 days old when the form is presented for processing.
A refund can be requested by submitting the required forms or by contacting Continuing Education prior to census date (the fourth Friday of the semester). No refund will be granted after census date.