Open University

California State University, Fullerton

Enrollment Instructions

All students must meet and acknowledge all stated prerequisites for course choices. An instructor or department could ask to see transcripts. The process to request approval and enrollment through Open University is a unique process during the Spring and Fall semesters and is different than the process for Winter and Summer terms.  Please read through the detailed instructions below for the term type you are planning to attend.

In any term, admitted CSUF students, have the opportunity to enroll in classes prior to the start of Open University Enrollment. Always review the academic schedule for the term you are interested in attending.

Spring and Fall Semesters

Spring and Fall Semesters

Request for approval and enrollment through Open University in Spring and Fall semesters is now a fully online transaction effective with the start of Fall 2020.  Approval is required from the instructor of record and the department of record for any course section selected, regardless of the section displaying as open, closed or wait-listed. If approved, you may be enrolled into the course section, as long as there is physical space and any active internal wait-lists have expired.  Refer to the important dates and deadlines for a specific term at Open University Home Page
 

Summer Session and Winter Session Terms

Summer Session and Winter Session Terms

Summer Session and Winter Session terms have an early enrollment period that becomes available on this website. This early enrollment period begins in late October for the upcoming Winter Session term and in April for the upcoming Summer term.  Refer to the important dates and dealines for a specific term at Open University Home Page

Enrollment for Spring and Fall Semesters

General Instructions

  • Go to www.fullerton.edu/schedule to view the University schedule of courses.
  • Select the academic term you wish to view (e.g. Spring 2021).
  • Select “Undergraduate" as the course career for any 100-400 level classes or “Postbaccalaureate” as the course career for any 500-level courses.
  • Uncheck “Show open classes only” to view all sections of a course (open, closed, or wait-listed).
  • You may request approval and enrollment to add course sections displaying as closed or wait-listed. If you get approval for a section, you can be added, if there is physical space to do so. Enrollments for approved wait-listed sections cannot be processed until Monday of week two of the semester.

Steps to Request Approval and Enrollment

NEW FULLY ONLINE PROCESS

  1. Consult with one of the Open University advisors if you have academic questions or need direction about whom you need to consult at the university.
  2. If you have a prior CSUF record, all academic and registration Holds displaying in your CSUF Student Center via the CSUF Portal, must be resolved prior to requesting approval and enrollment in course sections.  Address this ahead of the semester.
  3. If you already have a CWID number (because you previously attended CSUF, previously applied to CSUF or attended a children’s program at CSUF-for example), please use that assigned CWID number. If you do not recall that number, please click here What's My CWID
  4. If you do not have a CWID number and need to create one, please click here Create My CWID
  5. Go to Open University Home Page and click on the Request for Enrollment link/button in the Spring or Fall semester box, as it is activated.  Activation should occur two weeks prior to the start of the Spring or Fall semester. DO NOT wait until the first day of Spring or Fall instruction to request approval and enrollment for course sections.  Initiate this request two weeks before the start of the semester.
  6. The request for approval and enrollment transaction is an online communication, routing the request to the instructor of record first, and from there, to the department of record for the course section requested.  You are not using an Open University Registration form.  The request is fully online.
  7. Once approved from the instructor and department, you will receive an email message directing you to a link to pay fees for the course(s) at that time. You will also be notified if the enrollment cannot be processed for any reason, such as physical space restrictions, current registration holds, or waiting for an active wait-list to expire.
  8. Upon course payment request, you will be able to message EIP Student Services and provide additional documents regarding payment--such as uploading an approved cross enrollment  certification form or noting a pending student loan on file.  Please have these additional documents ready ahead of time.  The Campus directory can be accessed at CSUF Campus Directory  EIP Student Services will, then confirm enrollment, and provide information regarding course access.  EIP Student Services can be reached at EIPConnect@fullerton.edu or by phone at 657.278.2611.

Late Request for approval and enollment transaction period

  • Refer to the important dates and deadlines for the specific Spring or Fall semester at Open University Home Page
  • Important Note: Requesting approval and enrollment to add a course section in the late add period, does not mean you can and should be starting participation in the course late; it may be that you were not able to obtain approvals until the late add period started. 
  • You must complete the Late Add Petition Process by the deadlines noted for the semester.

Enrollment for Winter Session 

(Check back at a future time for instructions regarding Summer Session)

General Instructions

  • Go to www.fullerton.edu/schedule to view the University schedule of classes.
  • Uncheck “Show open classes only” to view all sections of a course (open, closed, or wait-listed).
  • Select “Extended Education” as the course career section for these terms, so courses will display.

Steps for Enrollment

  1. Consult with an Open University advisor, if needed.
  2. Students are limited to 4 units for Winter Session, unless special permission is granted via Request for Excess Units. Students disqualified from CSUF are resricted to 3 units.
  3. If you already have a CWID number (because you previously attended CSUF, previously applied to CSUF or attended a children’s program at CSUF-for example), please use that assigned CWID number. If you do not recall that number, please click here What's My CWID
  4. If you do not have a CWID number and need to create one, please click here Create My CWID.  Please have this number created prior to initiating an enrollment request for Winter.
  5. If a course section displays as open, you may submit an enrollment request online at this OU website on or after the designated early enrollment date by clicking on the “Register Now” button featured on the OU site. That button is not activated until the designated date published sometime in late October for Winter Session.
  6. If a section displays as closed or wait-listed, you may not submit a request to enroll. However, you may monitor the status of any course section through the university schedule at www.fullerton.edu/schedule.  Should a course section display as open, at a later date, during the available enrollment period, you may submit an enrollment request at that time. 
  7. If you are a non-U.S. citizen requesting enrollment during the Winter term and you are here physically in the United States on a student Visa, which allows you to complete coursework in the United States, be prepared to upload proof of permission from your designated school official (DSO) at the time of the enrollment request. This documentation should state you have approval to complete a course at CSUF through Open University, while an admitted/matriculated student in attendance at another institution.  Open University at CSUF does not issue one an I-20 to obtain a student Visa to enter the United States.

 

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