Open University


Open University


The Open University program allows you to attend regular university classes on a space available basis without formally admitting to Sacramento State.


  • “Test the waters” before entering or returning to college
  • Update or expand your professional skills
  • Raise your grade point average in order to qualify for admission into a regular university program


Open University is open to anyone not currently admitted to Sacramento State.


Students who are approved to participate in Open University will attend the same classes as any other university student.

Review the Sac State Class Schedule for more information on available classes each semester.


Enrollment Conditions:

  • There must be space available in the class and approval must be obtained from the instructor and the department chair.
  • Open University students are required to complete all academic work assigned by the instructor unless they are registered as “audit.”
  • Anyone with an outstanding university obligation (hold) will not be allowed to enroll in classes until that hold is cleared.
  • Disqualified/Dismissed students are not eligible to take classes through Open University.
  • Students who wish to take a course for Credit/No Credit instead of a letter grade must complete and submit a petition at the time of enrollment.

How to Register for Open University

  • Choose your desired course(s) from the Sacramento State class schedule.
  • Download the Open University Registration Form.
  • Attend the class(es) at the beginning of the session and notify the instructor you wish to enroll through Open University.
  • Obtain signatures from the instructor and department chair on the registration form for each class in which you wish to enroll. Continue to attend class.
  • Submit the form and your payment to CCE in Napa Hall.

Attention Graduate Students

Those students using Open University to explore graduate school options who later apply to Sacramento State for graduate studies should be aware that only six eligible units earned prior to classification can be applied toward a subsequent master’s degree program.

Attention International Students

If you are an international student, please be advised that you may not be eligible to take a course through Open University.

  • If you are here on an F-1 visa, you need authorization from your school advisor.
  • If you are here on an F-2 or J-2 visa, you will need to get clearance on the course you are taking when you submit your registration to CCE.
  • If you are here on a B-1 or B-2 visa, you are NOT eligible to take courses through Open University.

When submitting your registration, please have your visa with you because a photocopy will need to be made for your record. Please call (916) 278-6984 for questions about your status.


The Open University fee for Fall 2016 is $253 per unit. If you are 60 years of age or older, you may “audit” (attend but receive no credit for) an Open University course for $65 per unit. Payment must be made by check, money order or credit card.

The $253 per unit fee covers the cost of instructional support, enrollment and record keeping only. Financial aid is not available. Waivers are not accepted. A $25 late fee is applied to registrations submitted after the deadline.

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.


You may purchase weekly or semester permits in Napa Hall once you have obtained at least one signature on your Open University registration form. Daily permits can be purchased at vending machines located throughout campus. Please see UTAPS for exact locations. Be advised: there are no refunds for parking permits.

Automobiles: $171.00
Motorcycles: $43.00
Weekly Permit: $11.00
Daily Permit: $6.00

Drop / Refund Policy


Drops require instructor and department chair signatures on an Open University Add/Drop form, which must be submitted in person to CCE in Napa Hall. A grade of “W” will be posted for all withdrawals after September 26, 2016.


There are NO REFUNDS issued for dropping Open University classes. If you have any questions regarding withdrawals, please call (916) 278-6984.

Access Grades

You may access your grades in the My Sac State Student Center, by clicking on the “Grades” link in the drop down box under the Academics heading. Grades should be available one week after the term. My Sac State is available 24/7.


Fall 2016 Registration Dates

August 29 – September 26, 2016
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Late Registration: September 27 – December 9, 2016 with additional Petition to Add/Drop After Deadline form and $25 late fee.

If you are registering for a class that begins after the registration period, contact Continuing Education at (916) 278-6984 for extended deadline information.