Summer Session Registration

 Class Registration Opens April 2

How to Register for Classes

Please choose from the groups below to determine how you should register for a summer class.

Continuing Chico State Students

If you are enrolled in spring and not graduating in May 2024:

  • Select the class(es) you want from the Summer Session Schedule, be sure the term Summer 2024 is selected, and hit search. 
  • Enroll via your Student Center starting April 2. View detailed instructions.
  • The final day to register for classes through the Portal is May 16. Beginning May 17, register via the Summer Session Add/Drop Form. 

New Chico State Students

If you are a new Chico State student admitted or readmitted for fall 2024, you need to register through Summer Open University. It is recommended you speak to an academic advisor before selecting a Summer Session class.

Spring 2024 Graduates

If you have applied for spring graduation, but need to take a summer class to complete your degree, you must reapply for graduation by submitting a new Graduation Application and pay the required fee. Once completed, contact the Office of The Registrar at 530-898-5142 to request term activation. Once you are term activated, you can enroll in through the Portal.  

Disqualified Students and/or Students Who Have Been Denied Admission

Academically disqualified students must meet with an academic advisor then complete a Summer Open University Add Form. Permissions will be required of the instructor, department chair, and academic or graduate advising.

For students denied admission, approval from the Admissions Office (undergraduates) or your Graduate Coordinator (graduates), and permission from both the instructor and department chair are required on a Summer Open University Add Form

Non-Chico State Students

Not a Chico State student? No problem! You will need to register through Summer Open University

Unit Load

By definition*, a three-unit university course requires not less than forty-five hours of class instruction plus a minimum of 90 hours of out-of-class work (for assignments and study). This material will be covered in an accelerated format. It is recommended that students take no more than one 3-unit class per session.

* As of July 1, 2011, federal law (Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, sections 600.2 and 600.4) requires all accredited institutions to comply with the federal definition of the credit hour.


Continuing students can add themselves to a waitlist via the Portal. Once self-registration closes, please contact PCE to be added to a waitlist. 

Keep a close eye on your Student Center to see if you are added to the course. If you are moved from the waitlist prior to May 16, ensure your fees are paid by that date, or you will be dropped. If you are moved from the waitlist and become enrolled in the course after May 16, you will be notified via email and will have an allotted time to pay. Failure to pay will result in a drop from the course. 

Open University students cannot be added to a waitlist.