The Open University program allows you to attend regular
university classes on a space-available basis without formally
admitting to Sacramento State.
There are changes to the registration process due to
Campus staff are working remotely, so to contact the academic
registration staff, please email them at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also leave them a voicemail
at 916-278-6984 and someone will get back to you in 24 hours.
Registration instructions have changed so please read
“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
Students who are approved to participate in Open University will
attend the same classes as any other university student.
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.
While most courses are virtual, some are offered in
person. For your safety and the safety of others, please obtain
prior permission from the instructor to add the class. We are
trying to limit the number of people in any space on campus at
How to Register for Open University
The Fall 2020 semester is virtual so for new students to
create a Sac State Profile in advance we suggest you fill out the
Open University Intent to Enroll form and submit to
email@example.com for processing.
Once received by our registration reps, they will assign you
a Sac State ID number and email you instructions on how to
set up your SacLink account. The response may take up to 48
On the first day of class, email the instructor listed for
the class and ask for permission to add. (You may find the
instructor’s email by going to CSUS.edu, clicking on the menu at
the upper right hand side of your screen and choosing
Obtain permission from the instructor and department
chair via email. The instructor will be able to tell you who
their department chair is and then you may locate them through
the directory as well.
Submit the form and permission emails electronically to
You will be able to pay for the class through your student
center. There is no fee to pay by credit card online and we
will accept American Express, Mastercard, or Discover.
You have 14 days from registration to pay.
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
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
about your status.
The Open University fee for Fall 2020 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.
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 28, 2020.
Students dropping their class are eligible for a prorated refund
up to the census date of the semester on September 28, 2020. If
you have any questions regarding withdrawals, please call (916)
278-6984 or email email@example.com. Online Refund
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.