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Fall 2021 Semester

Cal State Fullerton’s Fall 2021 semester is August 21 through December 17. The schedule of classes Opens in new window is viewable on or after March 22, and the electronic request for approval and enrollment process starts on August 9 at a link below activated on this date at 8 a.m.  

IMPORTANT: Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • Covid-19 vaccination is required for any student enrolled through Open University in course sections meeting in-person or in a hybrid format. There are no options to request a medical or rligious exemptions if enrolled through Open University.
  • Enrollment through Open University into a fully online course(s) only does allow you to attest you are in a fully online (WEB) course(s) and will not access any CSUF facilities nor participate in any on campus CSUF actvities, programs or other instruction.  Therefore, status of Covid-19 vaccination status would not be required.
  • Visit Titans Return for additional university information and CSUF guidelines regarding re-entry to campus.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2021

Below are important dates and deadlines to know before you start. For detailed instructions on the request for approval and enrollment process, visit our Enrollment Instructions page.  If you have questions, send us a message from our Contact page.

Request for Approval and Enrollment

You may request approval and enrollment for course sections you are eligible to complete, whether the section displays as open, closed, or wait-listed.  If approved, and physical space allows, you can be enrolled.

Approval for a wait-listed course

An approved enrollment for a wait-listed course section cannot be processed until Monday of the second week of the semester.  If you know an instructor has approved you to add a wait-listed course section, do contact the instructor directly to request access to view the course prior to official enrollment.  View access to a course, however, is NOT official enrollment.  That step must still occur when access to enroll is allowed.



Schedule of Classes

  • The schedule of classes Opens in new window will be viewable on or after March 22.
  • The campus does plan to be open for in-person instruction this Fall.  Scheduled course sections may be fully in-person, fully online, or some combined delivery of online and in-person.  Know the delivery format of your course section(s) before you initiate a request for approval and enrollment.  
  • Be sure to review all campus re-entry updates at Fall 2021 Updates.  

AUG 9 - SEPT 7

Request for Approval and Enrollment Transaction Period 

  • First day of Fall 2021 classes is August 21.
  • Courses may be fully online, hybrid delivery, or in-person.
  • You may request approval for multiple course sections in one transaction. Pay attention to the "add another" prompts in this interface.
  • You may NOT request approval for multiple sections of the same course in one transaction.  If you are denied approval for a specific course section, you may go back to this interface to request a different section of the same course. 


Last Day to: 

  • Enroll without an approved Late Add Petition.
  • Drop with no record of enrollment.
  • Must contact EIP Student Services to request a drop.
  • Change grade option.
  • Switch a class for a $35.00 fee

SEPT 8 - 20

Late Request for Approval and Enrollment Transaction Period


Last Day to Receive a 65% Refund

  • When officially withdrawing late from classes. (W grades)

SEPT 8- NOV 12

Late Withdrawal Period (“W” Drop)

  • Complete the Request for Withdrawal online process by clicking below.

OCT 27

Last Day to: 

  • Receive a pro-rated refund of the consolidated fee and the student ID card fee for complete withdrawal from classes.

Fall 2021 Dates & Deadlines

Need to know more about Dates and Deadlines?
  • Print Dates and Deadlines for Fall 2021.
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Open University 101

  • Academically disqualified (DQ) students from CSUF may enroll in a maximum of six (6) units during Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Registration is on a space-available basis.
  • A maximum of 24 credits earned through Open University may count toward the cumulative units required for a bachelor’s degree at CSUF.
  • Courses taken through Open University enrollment do not meet the residence requirements for a bachelor’s degree at CSUF (30 units for the degree; 24 units in upper division courses). For graduate degrees, normally 6 to 9 units of approved credits taken through Open University may apply, but for degrees which require more than 30 units, more units of credit may apply. Please consult the department graduate advisor of your program.
  • To view course descriptions and prerequisite information, visit Cal State Fullerton’s University Catalog Opens in new window .
  • For other important dates, including scheduled campus closures, visit the CSUF Academic Calendar Opens in new window .


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