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Open University

Program Overview

The Open University Program allows you to take individual Cal State East Bay undergraduate and graduate classes, on a space-available basis, without the formal university admissions process. Registration is easy and the fees are the same, whether you are a California resident or out-of-state or international visitor. Taking courses through Open University allows you to:

  • Enroll in classes if you've missed the CSUEB University application deadline
  • Examine a field of study before enrolling in a degree program
  • Update your skills
  • Attend classes on a non-continuous basis
  • Raise your grade point average (GPA) prior to application

Who Can Take Open University Courses?

  • Disqualified students from CSUEB or other institutions
  • Former CSUEB students and alumni
  • Non-resident students not enrolled in a University program
  • Members of the general public

Regularly enrolled (matriculated) students or students who are, currently, applicants for admission as an Undergraduate or Graduate student in the current term are NOT permitted to take courses through Open University.

Program Benefits

  • Registration for Open University is easy! Transcripts and formal application are not necessary and you can register for a course after attending the first class session.
  • Credit Transfer: A maximum of 36 Open University quarter units can be transferred to an undergraduate degree program (13 maximum units towards a graduate degree program), subject to approval by the academic department that runs the program.
  • Library Access: Open University students are entitled to use the University library and may access electronic resources remotely. A valid CSUEB student ID is required to check out materials. To register for library privileges, fill out a registration card at the library. For more information, visit the Library's Web site.