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Open University

Explore a course before committing to an entire program, update your professional skills with additional training, or raise your G.P.A. prior to applying to a program. Whichever your goal, Open University enables you to take classes and experience Cal State East Bay excellence without formal admission.


Open University Makes Knowledge Possible

By enrolling through Open University, you’ll be able to take Cal State East Bay undergraduate and graduate classes, on a space-available basis, without the formal University admissions process. Registration is easy and course fees are the same, whether you are a California resident or out-of-state or international visitor.

Open University allows you to:

  • Examine a field of study before committing to a degree program
  • Update job skills or obtain professional training
  • Attend classes on a non-continuous basis
  • Raise your grade point average prior to application
  • Enroll in classes if you've missed the CSUEB University application deadline

Who Can Take Open University Courses?

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

How will Open University benefit you?

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.

Transfer credits to the degree program of your choice.


You can transfer a maximum of 36 Open University quarter units to an undergraduate degree program or 13 maximum units towards a graduate degree program, subject to approval by the academic department that runs the program.

Gain valuable library access.

As an Open University student you are entitled to use the University library and access electronic resources remotely. A valid CSUEB student ID is required to check out materials. To register for library privileges, simply fill out a registration card at the library. For more information, visit the Library's website.

Please note if you are a regularly enrolled (matriculated) student or are currently an applicant for admission as an undergraduate or graduate student in the current term, you are NOT permitted to take courses through Open University.

Common Questions

How much do Open University courses cost?

Open University courses are charged on a per-unit basis. The fee structure can be found below:


$304 / unit


$339 / unit

If lab is included:

Additional $50 maximum lab fee

Do I need to submit an application for Open University every quarter that I wish to take courses at Cal State East Bay?

Yes, for each quarter that you wish to take courses through Open University, you must submit an application. If you have already taken courses through Open University, you may sign into your MyCSUEB account and select “Open University” in the drop-down menu under the “Academics” tab in your Student Center to apply. 

When are the enrollment deadlines for Open University?

The application deadline for Open University is the eighth instructional day of the term. Make sure to log in and submit your application online before this date as late applications will not be accepted. You will enroll online through MyCSUEB beginning on the seventh day of the term and ending the last day of the Add Period.

Can I register for a five-week session class through Open University?

Yes, but certain five-week session classes may have earlier add, drop and withdrawal deadlines and students must confirm those deadlines online.

Do I need a permission code to enroll in courses through Open University?

Yes, during the Late Add Period (beginning the seventh instructional day of the term), you must obtain permission numbers from the academic department offering the course. Therefore, since you will not have access to register for full-term classes until the seventh instructional day of the term, it is important that you obtain permission numbers prior to attempting to enroll. These permission numbers will provide you 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.

If my instructor provides a permission code but the course is full, will I still be able to enroll in the class?

Permission numbers will NOT override class capacity or course requisites/prerequisites. Additionally, you should keep in mind that permission numbers are randomly generated, so the permission number that you are given does not affect your ability to enroll and/or the order in which you can enroll.

Can I be waitlisted if I am taking a course through Open University?

Yes, you may add your 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 if you are on a waitlist, you are held responsible for the enrollment. You are advised to check your 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.

Do I have a choice of taking a course as letter-graded or credit/no credit?

Yes, you may choose regular or credit/no credit grading when you enroll online.

When is payment due for Open University students?

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 through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 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 online using MyCSUEB with a NetId.

If I have dropped out, been disqualified by the regular University or am otherwise ineligible for regular enrollment, can I take courses through Open University?

Yes. Open University courses are "open" to you even if you have been disqualified. The grades you earn in Open University may help raise your GPA. However, if you’ve failed to pay a debt owed to the University you may be refused enrollment.

Are all regular University courses open to me?

More than 1,000 Cal State East Bay courses are available to you, providing you have met the necessary course prerequisites listed in the University course catalog. In addition, some departments have restrictions on taking graduate-level courses. Check with the academic department to find out about restrictions for a particular course.

Is Independent Study available through Open University?

Please contact the academic department directly regarding interest in Independent Study.

Are courses offered at the Concord Campus available through Open University?

Yes. The same calendar and policies for enrollment and withdrawal apply to courses offered at the Cal State East Bay Concord Campus. Registration, information, and assistance are provided at Academic Services from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday by phone at (510) 602-6700.

If I later decide to enroll in a regular degree program, can Open University credit be applied toward that degree?

Yes. A maximum of 36 quarter units can be applied toward a bachelor's degree and a maximum of 13 quarter units toward a master's degree. Both are subject to approval by the academic department concerned. Academic credit earned through any other continuing education/extension program also will be calculated into the maximums. Please note: A maximum of 15 units taken through Open University may be applied toward graduating from the University with honors.

How do I receive a transcript of my Open University coursework?

Requests for official transcripts may be made in person, by mail, or online. All requests will require that you provide your NetID, date of birth, date(s) of CSUEB attendance, and where the transcript is to be sent. Visit the University’s Transcripts web page or call (510) 885-3814 for more information.

Can I attend Open University as an F-1 non-immigrant student with a F-1 visa?

To see if you’re eligible to receive an I-20 through Open University, contact the ALP admissions office at (510) 885-2358 or

Can Cal State East Bay accommodate me if I have a disability?

Yes. The University’s Accessibility Services is set up to assist you. The office is located on the Hayward Hills Campus and can be reached at (510) 885-3868 (TTY accessible).

Do I have access to the library as an Open University student?

Yes. 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 website or call (510) 885-3612.

What is the withdrawal and refund policy?

You may drop courses online using MyCSUEB until the end of the University’s Drop Period. After the Drop Period ends, you must complete a Withdrawal Form with an authorized signature from the department responsible for the course(s) until the Withdrawal Deadline. Please refer to the University website for deadline information. Submit the completed form to the Enrollment Information Center on the first floor of the Student Administration Building at the Hayward Campus or the Academic Services Center at the Concord Campus.

The schedule of refunds for intensive/accelerated courses is determined on a course-by-course basis. There are no refunds for student ID cards, material, or lab fees.

The date that the withdrawal request form is submitted to the University Records Office determines the amount of a refund. If you drop a class, or you are dropped for non-payment during the Drop Period, you are entitled to a 100% refund of tuition paid for that class. If you withdraw after the Drop Period ends, but on or before the twenty-first instructional day in an academic quarter, you are entitled to a 65% refund of tuition. No refund will be given for withdrawals after the twenty-first instructional day. If you are eligible for a refund the amount is automatically credited to your University account. If you do not request a refund, the University will leave the balance on your account to apply toward future charges. If you want the credit balance refunded to you personally, you must download and submit a Refund Request Form to the Cashier's Office for processing. There is a $10 processing fee for this service (except for Financial Aid students or for cancelled courses). The Cashier’s Office is located on the first floor of the Student Services and Administration (SA) Building on the Hayward Campus and in the Academic Services Lobby on the Concord Campus. Processing of refund requests takes approximately nine weeks (credit card refunds may not appear on your statement for one to two billing cycles).

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Enrolling in Courses through Open University is Easy

Follow this three-step guide to enrolling in courses through Open University:

1. View Course Catalog

Visit MyCSUEB to search the University Course Catalog for your course(s) of interest during the academic quarter that you wish to attend classes.

If you cannot find your course(s) of interest, visit the University Directory to contact the department to which the course(s) belongs for more information.

2. Submit Open University Application

New Open University Students

Current/Returning Open University Students

  • Sign in to your MyCSUEB account and choose “Open University” in the drop-down menu under the “Academics” tab in your Student Center to apply.

3. Enroll & Pay for Courses

During the Second Week of the quarter, you may request a permission code from the instructor(s) of your course(s) of interest. Once you obtain this permission code, you may sign in to MyCSUEB with your NetID and password to enroll and pay for your coursework online. *It is recommended that you attend your course(s) of interest for the first week as a non-registered student, as this makes the instructor of the course(s) aware of your Open University status.

Students who enroll in courses through Open University are charged on a per-unit basis. The fee structure can be found below:


$304 / unit


$339 / unit

If lab is included:

Additional $50 maximum lab fee

Important Dates

Dates & Deadlines *Spring 2015Summer 2015Fall 2015
Quarter Begins March 30 June 22 September 24
Application Period Opens February 2 April 27 July 20
Application Due April 9 July 2 October 2
Enrollment Period April 8 – 14 June 30 – July 7 October 1 – 7
Fee Payment Deadline April 9 July 2 October 2
Course Add Deadline April 14 July 7 October 7
Course Drop Deadline April 13 July 6 October 6

* Dates are subject to change

At a Glance

With Open University, Cal State East Bay’s doors are wide open. Explore a new field of study or simply use classes as a springboard to a program. Choose from hundreds of courses and benefit from Cal State University excellence without formal admission! Get started today!

Tuition costs: $304/unit for undergraduate level courses and $339/unit for graduate level courses (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Open University program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.