Open University for Distance & Online Education Students

The 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 with instructor permission...and earn university credit. OU is also a great way for incoming distance and online education students to complete prerequisite courses before beginning their degree program.

  • 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

To learn more about Open University and to request a class, visit


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