Open University

Open University at San Francisco State University allows you to take space-available SF State undergraduate and graduate classes without formal admission. You can apply up to 24 undergraduate units toward a bachelor’s degree or six graduate units toward a master’s degree at SF State.

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How to Register

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About Open University

Important Dates - Summer 2024

Summer 2024
Registration Opens 04/17/2024
First Day of Instruction R1: 06/03/2024
R2: 06/17/2024
R3: 07/08/2024
R4: 06/03/2024
Last Day to Drop with Full Refund* R1: 06/14/2024
R2: 07/01/2024
R3: 07/19/2024
R4: 06/14/2024
Last Day of Instruction R1: 07/05/2024
R2: 08/09/2024
R3: 08/09/2024
R4: 08/09/2024

*$20 processing fee applies

Important Dates - Spring 2024

Spring 2024
Registration Opens 01/16/2024
First Day of Instruction 01/29/2024
Last Day to Drop with Full Refund* 02/16/2024
Last Day of Instruction 05/17/2024

*$20 processing fee applies


Who should take Open University?

  • Community college students who want to graduate sooner by taking upper-division coursework before transferring to a university
  • College students who need to improve their GPA before re-enrolling at SF State or another university
  • High school students who are ready to take college-level classes and have completed their junior year
  • Professionals who want to change their work by gaining new skills or knowledge
  • Anyone who wants to learn something new about a favorite subject

If you are a matriculated* SF State student, you are not eligible to enroll in Open University.

*A matriculated student is one who has applied to SF State, is admitted to SF State, or who is enrolled in SF State academic credit classes for the current semester. If you are enrolled for the current semester, you are considered matriculated for the next two semesters, even if you don’t take academic credit classes at SF State.

International Students

I-20 forms cannot be issued for students enrolling in academic credit classes through Open University. Students who have a valid visa, or an I-20 from another school, may take courses through Open University. These students will be personally responsible for ensuring they remain in compliance with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations.

Cost and Length

Cost: $395 per unit
Length: One semester in fall and spring (4 months), one session in summer (1 - 2 months)
When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

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