Open University

Want to take a class without being admitted to CSULB?

Open University offers the opportunity for anyone to enroll in a course without being admitted to the university. You can take courses on a space-available basis and earn college credit during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Students registering through Open University do not need instructor or department approval to add a class. However, if prerequisites are required, the class is full, and/or the department requires permission, you will need to obtain approval.

The Fall 2022 semester will begin on Monday, August 22. Students should consult the online Schedule of Classes for information specific to their course. Students who need further clarity should consult with the course instructor.

COVID-19 Requirements

The CSU requires students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. Everyone must complete a pre-arrival health screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus. Entry into some campus spaces will be contingent on displaying the current day's "green checkmark" on your mobile device resulting from clearing the online health screening questionnaire.

The online health screening questionnaire for students not yet enrolled in Open University is available at the COVID-19 Symptoms Pre-Screen Tool.  Note: If the result of your pre-screen questionnaire is a "red X," you will be subject to additional questions. If necessary, you will be contacted for follow-up. Do not come to campus until you have been cleared.

Once you have officially enrolled in your Open University course, you will have access to the single-sign on page where you should upload your vaccination certification. For more information please go to the CSULB COVID-19 Information page.

You can view the schedule of classes by academic subject, by college, or by general education category. The lists are updated regularly to reflect additions and changes.

Once you've selected your course and wish to register, use the following information found on the class search results page when filling out the Open University registration form.

Course = Subject and Catlg Nbr
Class Number = Class Nbr
Section Number = Sect

  • Open University Registration: August 22, 2022
  • First Day of Instruction: August 22, 2022
  • Online Registration and Adjustments Ends for Continuing Fall 2021 through Summer 2022 CPaCE Students: September 19, 2022
  • Drop Class Deadline (Without W): September 2, 2022
  • Add Course Final Deadline (with fee): September 19, 2022
  • Final Deadline for CR/NC or Audit Grade Option Changes (with fee): September 12, 2022
  • Open University Enrollment Ends: September 19, 2022
  • Withdrawal Deadline (with Instructor /Department Signatures): November 18, 2022
  • Last Day of Instruction: December 9, 2022
  • Final Exams: December 12-17, 2022
  • Open University students can take up to 18 units per term.
  • Up to 24 units of Open University credit may apply toward an undergraduate degree at CSULB.
  • At the option of the appropriate college and department, up to 9 units of academic credit may be applied toward a graduate degree at CSULB.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students who have been academically disqualified from CSULB will be limited to 6 units or two courses, as long as enrollment in these two courses does not exceed 7 units.