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.
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.
Transcripts and formal application are not necessary, and you can register for a course after attending the first class session.
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.
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.
Follow this three-step guide to enrolling in courses through Open University:
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.
New Open University Students
Current/Returning Open University Students
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
|Dates & Deadlines *||Spring 2015||Summer 2015||Fall 2015|
|Quarter Begins||March 30||June 22||September 23|
|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
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.