CSU, Chico’s Open University (OU) program allows community members, working professionals, international or visiting students, former Chico State students and alumni to enroll in university courses during fall and spring terms on a space-available basis and earn college credit.
- There is no formal application or admission process
- Courses are available on campus or online
- Earn transferable credits - up to 24 units for bachelor’s degree and 9 units for master’s degree
Open University opens doors so that you can grow professionally, explore personal interests, prepare for a career change, or give university life a try.
Registration in Open University classes begins the first day of the semester.
Step 1: Select Your Class
Select classes from the current University Class Schedule. Most in the current term class schedule are available for Open University enrollment on a space available basis and with instructor’s permission (see step 3).
If you are applying to a Chico Distance & Online Education degree program, please follow the program’s separate class registration instructions.
Step 2: Request an Add/Drop Form
Complete our online Open University Interest form to receive a link to the Add/Drop Form. You can also pick up the form in the Continuing Education office.
Step 3: Get Permission & Signatures
Beginning the first day of class, you can request permission from the instructor to enroll in the class and for their signature on the Add/Drop Form. Permission is entirely at the instructor’s discretion and is contingent upon space availability, as well as other criteria established by the instructor, department, or college. The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC) and the College of Business require the department chair’s signature in addition to the instructor.
If you are enrolling in an online class, you can forward the confirmation email you receive after submitting the online request form, which includes a copy of your request, to the instructor(s), and department chair(s) if applicable, for email approvals. Contact information can be found in the campus directory.
Open University enrollments must be completed by the fourth Friday of the semester (census date).
Step 4: Pay Fees
Return your completed Add/Drop Form or emailed approvals for online courses to Continuing Education with the full fee payment. Open University fees for the fall 2016 semester are $232/unit. 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.
Special Eligibility Requirements & Restrictions
- Admitted CSU, Chico students are not eligible to take classes through Open University.
- Students who have been academically disqualified or denied admission to CSU, Chico will need to obtain signatures of the instructor, department chair, and a staff member from Academic Advising (undergraduates) or the Graduate School (graduates) on the Add/Drop form.
- International Students / Non-U.S. Citizens must provide additional documentation on the Add/Drop form in order to enroll in university courses.
- All students must meet campus immunization requirements or request an exemption. For more information or to request an exemption contact Student & Records Registration.
- CSU, Chico employees are eligible for reduced Open University fees. Please contact Continuing Education for information and verification of employment.
- 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.
All late adds after the fourth Friday of the semester (census date) require a serious and compelling reason and the signatures of the instructor, department chair, and college dean. A $10 late fee will be assessed for each class added after the fourth Friday of the semester (census date), regardless of the class start date.
- To drop a class, an Add/Drop 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.
- Drop on or after the first day of the term and on or before the fourth Friday of the semester (census date): 65% refund.
- Drop after the fourth Friday of the semester (census date): No refund.
- A full refund of any special materials fees will be given when the drop occurs during the first two weeks of fall and spring terms. Materials fees are not refunded thereafter.
Official transcripts are obtained from the Students Records Office. For more information, or to request a transcript, visit www.csuchico.edu/sro/forms/transcript.shtml.