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
If you are a former Sacramento State student you must have exited
the university in good standings.
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.
Open University students enrolled in the Spring
2023 semester could be required to submit a
self-certification of their vaccination status. Students
will receive communication and instructions from the University
after they’re enrolled.
- 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. Changes to grading basis will not
be allowed after enrollment.
How to Register
- If this is your first time taking Open University classes
online at Sac State, we suggest that you fill out the Open
University Intent to Enroll form beginning January 9,
2023 and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org for
- 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
- Choose your desired course(s) from the Sacramento
State class schedule.
- Download the registration form.
- On the first day of class, ask for permission to add. If the
course is an online course 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 “Directory”.)
- Obtain permission from the instructor and department
chair via email or in-person. 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 approvals electronically to
email@example.com or in person at Napa Hall.
- 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 or census date,
which ever comes first. Adds submitted after census date
must be paid within 3 days from enrollment.
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 2022 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 census date.
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 to the College of Continuing Education by email to
email@example.com or in person at Napa Hall. A grade of “W”
will be posted for all withdrawals after February 17, 2023.
Students dropping their class are eligible for a prorated refund
up to the census date of the semester on February 17, 2023. If
you have any questions regarding withdrawals, please call (916)
278-6984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.