Open University

Open University Fall 2020


Who is eligible for Open University?

  • Non-admitted students who want to update their professional skills or take academic classes are eligible for Open University
  • Students who have been academically disqualified are eligible for Open University

*Admitted students are not eligible for Open University.

On a space-available basis, Open University students have access to courses at both the Turlock and Stockton campuses. Open University students are subject to all regular university rules and regulations.

Dates to Remember

  • Instruction begins:  August 24
  • Open registration begins:  August 24
  • Late registration begins ($25 late fee):  September 3
  • Last day to add or drop:  September 21
  • Last day to request credit/no credit grading option:  September 21
  • Last day of classes:  December 11
  • Finals:  December 14 - 18

Registration Information

  • Registration and classes for Open University, Fall 2020 begin August 24.
  • Registration forms are available for download below.  Forms will not be accepted until August 24. Online registration is not available for Open University.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Instructor approval with email confirmation or a permission number is required.

Graduate Level Courses

Graduate programs at Stanislaus State are competitive and require additional approvals; permission to enroll is at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.  Students may be asked to provide the following:

  • Evidence of a compelling reason why you should be allowed to enroll for graduate credit through Open University.
  • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of an adequate GPA for admission to the specific program from which you are requesting a course.

Credential Courses

Additional approvals from the Program Coordinator are required.

Official Program Limits

The normal unit load is 15 units but students can take up to 18. A student who wishes to register for more than 18 units for fall or spring semester must obtain the approval of the major department chair at registration on a Registration Options form. The maximum for which a student may enroll during the summer term is 10 units.  Additional units in a winter and summer term require the approval of the major department chair on an Registration Options form. Enrollment for approved excess units is permitted beginning the first day of class. Units taken for Credit by Examination do not count toward excess units; however, concurrent enrollment courses, audited courses, and courses in which a student is making up an incomplete grade are all counted as part of the student’s total course load, making them applicable to this regulation.

Registration Steps

  • View the Fall 2020 class schedule
  • Note your course selection(s)
  • Download a registration form in August
  • Scanned and emailed copy of the registration formPhotographs not accepted.  Social security numbers cannot be accepted via email.
  • Registration forms containing social security numbers can either be mailed or dropped off at the Drop Off box located in front of the MSR building facing the quad.
    • Mailing address:
      Stanislaus State
      Extended Education
      1 University Circle
      Turlock, CA 95382

Note:  We do not accept phone or fax registrations. 

You must submit the form by 5 p.m. on September 2, 2020 to avoid the $25 late fee.  Forms submitted between September 3 - 21, 2020 will be accepted with the $25 late fee. All forms must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on September 21, 2020. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Note: One form for each class is required.


Important Reminders

  • Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment
  • Registration does not guarantee a course will not be cancelled
  • Undergraduate level courses are numbered from 1000 to 4995
  • Graduate level courses are numbered 5000 and above

Fall 2020 Open University Fees & Payment

  • Undergraduate Students:  $322 per unit
  • Credential Students:  $349 per unit
  • Graduate Students:  $355 per unit
  • Fees subject to change without notice
  • Payment is due at the time of registration
  • Financial aid is not available
  • Payment plans are not available

Payment Deadlines/Refunds:

  • Open registration:  August 24 - September 21  
  • Late registration ($25 late fee): September 3 - 21
  • Last day to add or drop: September 21
  • If you request a refund after the first class meeting of a course with four meetings or less, no refund can be processed. If you request a refund after the first class meeting of a course with five meetings or more, 65 percent of fees collected will be refunded, less a $25 administrative charge, until 25 percent of the course time has elapsed, after which no refund will be made.

Additional Fees (optional)

Additional services, such as access to the Student Health Center and Recreation Complex, are available to Open University students with additional fees. Payments are made at the cashier's office. Please check the current campus fee schedule to determine the exact amount of these fees.

Credit/Transfer Information

Students may use a maximum of 24 units of credit towards a Stanislaus State undergraduate degree or 9 units of graduate courses (please check with major departments for individual rules). Academic credit received in these programs will apply to your GPA and may also be transferred to other universities.


Please contact Extended Education for the procedures and registration requirements.