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Open University enrollment allows people who are not currently admitted to a Cal State Fullerton degree program to enroll in undergraduate and graduate-level classes. For more information, see our About page.

A matriculated student has gone through the full admission process and is enrolled at CSUF. Matriculated students may not register for university classes through Open University. Open University does not constitute admission to CSUF.

These guidelines apply to undergraduate students only. Graduate students should consult their program’s academic department.

A disqualified (DQ) student is a CSUF student who was admitted to a degree program and whose grade point average is below the minimum required. Open University allows disqualified students to take credit classes to raise their GPA to the minimum requirement. They can then re-apply to CSUF.

Disqualified students are limited to six units per academic term and must obtain Open University academic advisor approval.

Note: Financial aid awarded through FASFA is not available for disqualified students. DQ students may qualify for other private/personal educational loans. If they have been unable to maintain the required minimum GPA, the student will receive a letter instructing them to complete the required DQ online tutorial and schedule an appointment for required DQ advising.

While Open University enrollment does not constitute admission to Cal State Fullerton, as many as 24 OU units may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at CSUF; additional OU units are applied to degree requirements and CSUF GPA. For graduate degrees, six to nine units taken through Open University may (normally) apply. For graduate degrees that require more than 30 units, more units of credit may apply. Please consult your degree program’s graduate advisor for more information.

Courses taken through Open University cannot be used to fulfill bachelor’s-degree residence requirements. Thirty semester units are required, as well as major residency requirements.

Students receive a unique 9-digit campus-wide identification number (CWID) when they first enroll. Your CWID will be used instead of your Social Security Number to identify all your records.

You will also need your CWID the first time you log into the CSUF Student Portal. If you lose your CWID, go to the What’s My CWID (Campus-Wide ID)? page of the Student Portal.

The first time you register for a class with University Extended Education, you will receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) by email. Use this number in combination with your student ID to customize your account the first time you log into the Student Portal.

The Student Portal provides access to your confidential information (where you can look up grades, units, classes taken, etc.).

UEE students who lose or misplace a PIN may go to the What’s my registration PIN? page of the Student Portal.

Academic or financial holds are placed when there is an issue that needs to be resolved. Once the hold is removed, the student can register. Students must make sure the hold is removed before registration can be processed. Disqualified students should see their Open University Academic Advisor to get a hold removed.

The financial assistance options for Open University students are different than those available to CSUF students. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more information.

Fall and Spring Semesters: If enrolling in an online-format class, obtain an Open University Academic Advisor’s signature. Then, contact the academic department of the course to confirm the instructor and department approval process for the specific class section.

Winter Session and Summer Session: You can register on the Open University website during the stated early registration period. When adding late or requesting to add a closed class, you will follow the same procedures as stated for Fall and Spring.

Session

Maximum Units Allowed

Fall/Spring*

19

Winter Session

3

Summer Session*

16

* Disqualified students can take a maximum of 6 units

Session, students can take no more than:

  • Seven units in any individual five- or-six week session
  • Nine units in an eight-week session
  • Twelve units in a ten-week session
  • Sixteen units over the entire Summer Session term

Online classes are accessed through the Student Portal. Access to this site requires a Campus Wide ID (CWID) and your UEE PIN (see related questions).

No. However, you do need to speak with the Academic Advisor to determine eligibility for Open University. Your instructor may also require proof if prerequisites are required for the course.

Open University is for those who:

  • Are not admitted to a degree program at Cal State Fullerton, but want to take classes for academic credit
  • Missed the deadline for admission to the University as an undergraduate transfer student
  • Have been disqualified from Cal State Fullerton (DQ)
  • Are otherwise ineligible for admission and need to raise their grade point average
  • Need to earn prerequisites for admission to a degree or credential program

Open University is also a way to:

  • Update professional skills
  • Explore a new field before registering for a degree program
  • Pursue intellectual interests
  • Earn transferable credit if you are registered in a community college

Open University is not available to:

  • Students who are currently admitted to a degree or credential program at Cal State Fullerton

Note: Students, regardless of citizenship, who have not attended (for at least three years) a school at the secondary level or beyond in which English was the principal language of instruction, are required to provide documentation of a 500 PBT or 61 iBT TOEFL score or 5.5 IELTS score

Most credit classes are available to Open University students on a space-available basis. As such, there is no guarantee you will get into the class of your choice.

Please visit our Registration page to learn more about the process for Spring/Fall and Winter Session/Summer Session.

Students may not contact instructors before the first class meeting. Typically, instructors will wait to sign and approve the class until they are certain space is available.

Fall/Spring Semesters: Once UEE Student Support Services receives the registration/application form with all signed approvals and fee payments, they will confirm whether space is available, enroll you in the class and provide confirmation.

Winter session and Summer Session: Registrations are submitted on the Open University website, and confirmed via email. If you enroll in person at the UEE Student Services office in College Park, Suite 100, they will confirm your registration at that time.

How do I contact the UEE Student Office?

You can use the contact form on our Contact page, or stop by in person. Student Services location and hours of operation are also available on our Contact page.

What are the fees for Open University?

Please see our Dates & Fees page for information on Open University fees.

How do I get an official transcript?

The required form is available online. See Transcripts for Credit and CEU Classes for more information and where to mail the form.

Do Open University students need a parking permit?

Parking permits are required at the Fullerton and Irvine campuses. Detailed information on parking policies and maps of parking lots can be found at the Parking and Transportation Services website.

How do I drop a course, and will I be entitled to a refund?

The refund amount you are entitled to depends on when you drop the course. Please refer to the Refund Policy for details, as well as the procedure for dropping the course.

If the class I want is full, can I be put on a waitlist?

Waitlists are only for students currently admitted to CSUF. If your class has a waitlist, you will need to obtain instructor permission and departmental approval to add the class.

Will my Cal-Vet Fee Waiver cover Open University costs?

No, your Cal-Vet Fee Waiver only covers state-supported tuition. Open University is not state-supported, and therefore the Cal-Vet Fee Waiver cannot be applied to any Open University costs. For more information or questions, please visit CSUF’s Veterans Certification Office.

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