Register Online Before SDSU Classes Start
– No Signatures, No Add Codes, No Crashing
The Open University program allows high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities to attend SDSU courses if space is still available once SDSU matriculated students have registered.
Open University students can now register prior to the first day of class, after SDSU matriculated student registration is complete. You can select from the courses offered in SDSU's current class schedule. The registration process is easy; University admission is not required. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites prior to registration.
Students interested in enrolling in Open University should:
- Check the University's class schedule for the courses you want, and to see which courses are open. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites prior to registration.
- Register and pay online in any open class beginning August 22 (SDSU classes begin August 29). Registration may also be done by mail or in person at the Extended Studies Registration office by the deadlines below. No signatures, add codes, or crashing classes is required.
- Use the new online SDSU wait list process during your Open University registration to request a seat in a closed class if desired. Add codes have been replaced with the wait list. SDSU matriculated students have priority for all wait-listed courses. Open University students will be notified by email when they have been enrolled in a class that has been wait-listed and payment instructions will be included.
Register online beginning August 22 for immediate access to open classes.
Fall 2016 Open University registration forms will be available online August 15.
Fall 2016 Open University information sheet and walk in/mail registration forms are now available online.
Please Note: Undergraduate students who have been disqualified from SDSU will not be allowed to attend Open University or classes through the SDSU College of Extended Studies' Special Sessions until one year from the date of their disqualification. Graduate students will not be allowed for one semester following disqualification.
Fall 2016 Open University Registration Deadlines*
Classes Begin on August 29
(Register in open seats and via automated waitlist)
Registration via Waitlist Only
(Instructors add students from waitlist)
Deadline to Drop
(with 65% refund)
W on transcript
Instructor signature required
Change of grading option
The credit you earn is non-matriculated resident credit. Up to 24 units of Open University credit may be applied toward an SDSU undergraduate degree. For graduate students, no more than nine units of coursework taken through Open University prior to admission to an advanced degree or advanced certificate program are accepted for a program of study. Open University courses and grades appear on the SDSU transcript and affect your SDSU GPA. Enrollment limit for Open University is 18 units each term. Students who wish to register for more than 18 units must contact the CES Registration office at (619) 594-5152 or email@example.com for assistance.
Open University fees are $265 per unit for undergraduate courses and $317 per unit for graduate courses (600 level and above). We accept cash, checks, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and Visa. Mailed forms are considered received as of the postmark date. Faxed or emailed forms cannot be accepted.
Drops are available online, in person, or by mail (no signature required). In person and by mail drops: Complete an Extended Studies transaction form, and return the form to Extended Studies by the drop deadlines. Mailed forms are considered received as of the postmark date.
Please note: Instructors can drop Open University students for lack of prerequisites or non-attendance. Not all instructors utilize the instructor-initiated drop, so it is the student's responsibility to manage their schedule.
*Open University refunds are subject to a $21 administrative charge, plus ASB/student fees will be deducted after first class session.
Registration or withdrawal after deadline dates is by petition, only for serious and compelling reasons. Contact the CES Registration office at (619) 594-5152 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Non-matriculated foreign students (nonresidents) from non-English speaking countries must show evidence of having achieved a score of at least 450 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the equivalent, prior to being permitted to register in the Open University program. A form verifying an acceptable score must be obtained from the American Language Institute and presented to the CES Cashier at the time of registration.
I-20 forms are NOT issued by the Extension Programs Office; therefore, students cannot maintain student status by enrolling only in Extended Studies or Open University classes. Only matriculated students and those enrolled in the American Language Institute can maintain student status.
Web Portal Accounts
Web Portal Accounts: All Extended Studies students taking credit courses who need access to SDSU online services (transcripts, library, Blackboard, etc.) should create an SDSU web portal account by going to sdsu.edu/e-services. New students will be able to create new accounts on the first day of the SDSU term. For assistance contact the CES Registration office at (619) 594-5152 or email@example.com.
Open University students must register, complete payment, and create an SDSU Web Portal account prior to signing on to Blackboard.