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 and/or the class is full, you will need to obtain approval.

The Spring 2022 semester will see a significant increase in face-to-face instruction. Students should consult the online Schedule of Classes for information specific to their course. Students who seek 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:  January 20 - February 16, 2022
  • First Day of Instruction: January 20, 2022
  • Online Registration and Adjustments Ends for Continuing Summer 2021 through Winter 2022 CPIE Students: TBD
  • Drop Class Deadline (Without W): TBD
  • Add Course Final Deadline (with fee): TBD
  • Final Deadline for CR/NC or Audit Grade Option Changes (with fee): TBD
  • Open University Enrollment Ends: February 16, 2022
  • Withdrawal Deadline (with Instructor /Department Signatures): TBD
  • Last Day of Instruction: May 6, 2022
  • Final Exams: TBD
  • 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.