Open University

Open University

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Open University lets you take Chico State classes on a space-available basis, without requiring formal admission to the University. Registration begins the first day of the semester for on-campus courses, and three weeks prior to that for online courses. 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.
  • International students / non-U.S. citizens must document eligibility to enroll in university courses.
  • Students must meet campus immunization requirements or request an exemption. For more information or to request an exemption contact Student & Records Registration.
  • Some academic departments have certain Open University restrictions.
  • Qualified CSU, Chico employees who want to participate must seek managerial approval.

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 (census date).

If you are applying to a Chico Distance & Online Education degree program, please follow the program’s separate class registration instructions.

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. If you are interested in an online class, please complete our online class request form.

Step 3: Get Permission & Signatures

An instructor must grant permission for you to enroll in the class and sign 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.

Step 4: Pay Fees

Return your completed Add/Drop Form or emailed approvals for online courses to Continuing Education with the fee payment of $232 per 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.

Late Adds

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 second
Friday of the semester, 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.
  • Special Materials Fees: Full refund is 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    

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.