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What is Open University?

Open University is designed to help high school graduates, working adults, and students from other universities enroll in regular SDSU classes on a space-available basis once SDSU’s matriculated students have registered. This opportunity is available in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. As an Open University student, you’ll need to ensure that you meet all course prerequisites before you enroll.

Do I need to submit an application for Open University?

There is no application process required to enroll in an Open University course.

I am enrolled in a degree 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?

In order to successfully register for courses with Open University, you should 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?

Visit the New Account Setup page and click on the “Create/Retrieve My RedID” link 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 the University’s class schedule for the courses you want and to see which courses are open. Once you’ve ensured that you meet the course prerequisites, please follow the registration process detailed at You may also register in open classes by secure email. To learn how to register by secure email, please contact the SDSU Global Campus 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 on our Open University registration page.

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 wait-listed 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. SDSUid cards can be purchased online by visiting

What are my financial aid options?

Open University programs are not eligible for financial aid. SDSU Global Campus 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 more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

How do I access to Canvas?

All Open University students who need access to Canvas should create an SDSUid account login. You’ll receive an email from SDSUid following registration and payment. Please allow 2-3 days for the process to be complete. For assistance with accessing Canvas, please contact SDSU Global Campus IT Support at

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

Drops are available online or by mail (no signature required). To drop online, log into your SDSU Global Campus account and select “Open University Registration” and “Manage Open University courses.” To drop a class by mail, fill out a SDSU Global Campus transaction form, and return the form to SDSU Global Campus by the drop deadline. Transaction forms can be obtained at Forms and Publications. (Withdrawals require instructor signature and are not available online.)

What is the refund policy for Open University courses?

Our refund policy and deadline dates for Open University registration can be found on our website under “Open University Dates and Deadlines.”

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

You can request late registration/drop/withdrawal after the deadline dates listed on our website 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 Forms and Publications. Petition submission fee is $20.00 and is non-refundable.

How can I get help with Open University registration?

Call the SDSU Global Campus Registration Office at (619) 594-5152, email, or chat with us online using the chat bubble at the bottom right hand corner of each web page.


For more information, email or call (619) 594-3376.

If you have registration questions, contact the SDSU Global Campus Registration and Enrollment Services at (619) 594-5152 or

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