Open University is designed to help high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities enroll in regular SDSU classes on a space-available basis once SDSU’s matriculated students have registered. This opportunity is available in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. As an Open University student, you’ll need to ensure that you meet all course prerequisites before you enroll.
There is no application process required to enroll in an Open University course.
No, regularly admitted (matriculated) SDSU students are NOT permitted to take classes through Open University.
In order to successfully register for courses with Open University, you should have:
1) the schedule number of the course you want to enroll in,
2) the prerequisites met for the course you are trying to enroll in,
3) a valid form of payment.
Visit our registration page for more information on the registration process.
Visit our registration page for details on the enrollment and registration process.
Complete your full payment in the my.SDSU portal after your registration has been submitted. You will receive an email notification and login information once you have registered. If you do not submit your payment within the specified time frame, you will be dropped from your classes.
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If you’re interested in registering for a closed course, please communicate with the instructors to see if they will be enrolling students from the wait list. Through the fifth day of classes, when students drop a class, students on the wait list will be automatically enrolled in the class based on their position on the wait list. Please note that SDSU’s matriculated students have priority for all wait-listed courses.
Visit our registration page for more details.
The credit earned for Open University classes is non-matriculated resident credit. Only 24 units of Open University credit may be applied toward an SDSU undergraduate degree. For graduate students, not more than nine units of coursework taken in Open University prior to admission to an advanced degree or advanced certificate are acceptable on a program of study.
Open University students can purchase an SDSU semester parking permit online at the Aztec Parking Portal. SDSUid cards can be purchased online by visiting bfa.sdsu.edu/financial/student/sdsucard/get-a-card.
Open University programs are not eligible for financial aid. SDSU Global Campus students are encouraged to check with various banks, credit unions, and lending institutions, many of which now offer private alternative loan programs for continuing education. For more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.
All refunds are subject to a $21 administrative charge. ASB/student fees will be deducted after your first class session. Registration or withdrawal after the deadline dates on our website are by petition, only for serious and compelling reasons.
You can request late registration/drop/withdrawal after the deadline dates listed on our website by completing a “Petition for Special Consideration Form” and a registration or transaction form. Petition for Special Consideration forms with detailed instructions can be found at Forms and Publications. The petition submission fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.
If you’re a non-matriculated international student (nonresidents) from non-English speaking countries, you should have achieved a score of at least 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the equivalent, before you register for classes through Open University.
SDSU Global Campus does NOT issue I-20 forms; therefore, you cannot maintain your student status by enrolling only in SDSU Global Campus or Open University classes.
International students with an I-20 issued by another college or university may enroll in Open University. International students need to maintain their F-1 visa status and I-20 with their current institution.
Only SDSU matriculated students and those enrolled in the American Language Institute can maintain student status.