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Open University

Enrollment Process

Step 1: Choose Your Courses

More than 1,000 courses taught by Cal State East Bay faculty are available through Open University. Students may enroll in any course listed in the CSUEB quarterly class schedule, provided the prerequisites are met. Please note, some departments have restrictions on graduate-level courses.

The CSUEB quarterly class schedule, which lists all available courses, descriptions and offering times and locations, is available exclusively on the MyCSUEB Web site.

Step 2: Submit Your Application Form

The Open University application process is now entirely online and the University is no longer accepting paper Open University applications. The application deadline is the eighth instructional day of the term. Make sure to log in and submit your application online before this date since late applications will not be accepted.

Additionally, please note: A separate Open University application must be submitted for each term in which you plan to enroll

Detailed instructions for completing the Open University application may be found here.

Dates and Deadlines* Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Quarter Begins June 23 September 24
Application Period Opens April 28 July 21
Application Due July 3 October 3
Enrollment Period July 1 – 8 October 2 – 8
Fee Payment Deadline July 2 October 3
Course Add Deadline July 8 October 8
Course Drop Deadline July 7 October 7


*Dates are subject to change

Step 3: Enroll and Make Payments

Open University students will enroll online through MyCSUEB beginning on the seventh day of the term, and ending the last day of the add period. (Certain five-week session classes may have earlier add, drop and withdrawal deadlines and students must confirm those deadlines at

All students enrolling during the late add period, (beginning the seventh instructional day of the term), must obtain permission numbers from the academic department offering the course.  Therefore, since Open University students will not have access to register for full-term classes until the seventh instructional day of the term, it is important that Open University students obtain permission numbers prior to attempting to enroll. These permission numbers will provide students with the department consent necessary to enroll and it will be up to each individual department to determine if the department office or the instructor will distribute these permission numbers.

Please keep in mind that permission numbers will NOT override class capacity and course requisites/prerequisites. Additionally, students should keep in mind that permission numbers are randomly generated, so the permission number that a student is given does not affect the student’s ability to enroll and/or the order in which they can enroll. 

Students may only drop a class during the drop period which ends on the tenth instructional day of the term.  Students may add their name to a waitlist, but will need to contact the department offering the course about being enrolled from the waitlist. There is no guarantee of enrollment from the waitlist, and students enrolled from the waitlist are held responsible for the enrollment. Students are advised to check their schedule online prior to the end of the drop and late add periods to ensure it is correct. Contact the department offering the class for questions or concerns about enrollment into a specific class.

Students may also choose regular or credit/no credit grading when they enroll online.

Payment for Open University classes must be paid on or before the last day of the enrollment period. Fees may be paid to the University Cashier's Office, first floor of the Student Administration Building, Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order (no credit card payments are accepted in the Cashier's Office). Only checks and money orders can be accepted after 5:00 p.m. in the Cashier's drop box. Credit card payments can be made on Web using the MyCSUEB for students with a NetId.


Undergraduate: $304 / unit
Graduate: $339 / unit
If lab is included: Additional $50 maximum lab fee