What is Open University?

The Open University program allows high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities to attend regular SDSU classes if classroom space is still available once matriculated students have registered. This opportunity is available in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students must meet all course prerequisites prior to enrolling in Open University.

Do I need to submit an application for Open University?

There are no applications required to enroll in an Open University course.

I am enrolled in a program on the main campus of San Diego State University. Can I enroll in Open University?

No, regularly admitted (matriculated) SDSU students are NOT permitted to take classes through Open University.

What is required to register for a course through Open University?

You will be required to have:
1) the schedule number of the course you want to enroll in,
2) the prerequisites met for the course you are trying to enroll in,
3) your nine-digit SDSU RedID number, and
4) a valid form of payment.

How do I obtain an SDSU RedID?

Use the Get Your RedID link during your new account creation process to look up or create a new RedID. A pop-up window will appear with instructions on how to get your SDSU RedID number. Once you get your RedID, it will appear at the bottom of the pop-up window. Record your RedID number so you can enter it at registration.

How can I register and pay for SDSU classes through Open University?

Check SDSU's current class schedule for the courses you want, and to see which courses are open. Make sure you have checked and met the course prerequisites prior to registration. Follow the steps above to register and pay online for any open SDSU course at ces.sdsu.edu/openu. You may also register in open classes in person, by phone, by U.S. mail, by fax, or by secure email. For information on how to submit by secure email, contact the registration office. Waitlists must be done online only.

How much are the fees for Open University?

Fees for undergraduate and graduate classes can be found each semester on the CES Open University registration page at ces.sdsu.edu/open#fees.

What if the course I want is full?

Use the SDSU online Wait List process during your Open University registration to request a seat in a closed class if desired. SDSU matriculated students have priority for all waitlisted courses. Open University students will be notified by email when they have been enrolled in a class that has been waitlisted; payment instructions will be included.

Are the courses for credit, and can they be applied toward a degree?

The credit earned for Open University classes is non-matriculated resident credit. Twenty-four units of non-matriculated resident credit may be applied toward an SDSU undergraduate degree.

How do I get a parking permit or SDSU ID card for Open University courses?

Open University students can purchase an SDSU semester parking permit online at the Aztec Parking Portal. SDSU ID cards can be purchased at the CES Cashiers office at Gateway Center. (ID cards are not available for purchase online).

What are the financial aid options?

CES students are encouraged to check with various banks, credit unions, and lending institutions, many of which now offer private alternative loan programs for continuing education. For additional information visit our Registration Information page.

How do I obtain access to Blackboard?

All Open University students who need access to Blackboard should create an SDSU web portal account at sdsu.edu/e-services prior to signing into Blackboard to access your class. Students must register and pay fees prior to creating a web portal account.

How do I drop or withdraw from an Open University courses?

Drops are available online, in person, or by mail (no signature required). To drop online, log into your CES account and select “Open University Registration” and “Drop a Course.” To drop a class in person or by mail, fill out an Extended Studies transaction form, and return the form to Extended Studies by the drop deadline. Transaction forms can be obtained at ces.sdsu.edu; choose “Forms and Publications.” (Withdrawals require instructor signature and are not available online.)

What is the refund policy for Open University courses?

The refund policy and deadline dates for Open University registration can be found at ces.sdsu.edu/open#deadlines.

How can I register/drop/withdraw from Open University courses after the deadline dates?

Open University students may request late registration/drop/withdrawal after deadline dates by completing a “Petition for Special Consideration Form” and a registration or transaction form. “Petition for Special Consideration” forms with detailed instructions can be found at ces.sdsu.edu; choose “Forms and Publications.” Petition fee is $20 and a $25 late fee applies.

How can I get help with Open University registration?

Call the Extended Studies Registration Office at (619) 594-5152 or email ces.registrar@sdsu.edu.