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 fall 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.

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 23 - September 20, 2021
  • First Day of Instruction: August 23, 2021
  • Online Registration and Adjustments Ends for Continuing Winter 2021 through Summer 2021 CPIE Students: September 6, 2021
  • Drop Class Deadline (Without W): September 7, 2021
  • Add Course Final Deadline (with fee): September 20, 2021
  • Final Deadline for CR/NC or Audit Grade Option Changes (with fee): September 20, 2021
  • Open University Enrollment Ends: September 20, 2021
  • Withdrawal Deadline (with Instructor /Department Signatures): November 19, 2021
  • Last Day of Instruction: December 10, 2021
  • Final Exams: December 13-18, 2021
  • 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.