Division of Continuing and Global Education
Summer Session 2023
June 12 - August 11
Summer 2023 registration opens in March!
Students: Summer Session class search will be available in MyFresnoState and a schedule will be available here on March 1.
Faculty and Staff: Continuing and Global Education is currently scheduling Summer Session courses. If you have any questions or schedule revisions, please contact the Summer Session coordinator.
About Summer Session
Summer Session is a 9-week term in which you can enroll in hundreds Fresno State classes without the interruptions and demands of a regular semester. Summer Session is also open to other CSU students and community members (course prerequisites may apply).
Eligible Fresno State students may receive a grant towards Summer Session fees. Learn about the Provost Graduation Initiative.
Dates are subject to change.
- December 2, 2022: (faculty only) Summer Session course proposal submission deadline.
- March 1: Summer Session class search available in MyFresnoState.
- March 13: Summer Session registration begins.
- April 3: (faculty only) deadline to request/designate course material for Summer 2023 classes from the Kennel Bookstore.
- Mid-April: Financial Aid interest forms available (see Payment tab).
- May 8: Registration fee payment deadline. Students who have not paid will be dropped from Summer Session, but may re-enroll for remaining seats during Immediate Pay registration.
- May 9: Immediate Pay registration begins. Students must pay fees within 24 hours of enrolling in a class.
- May 29: Memorial Day holiday. Campus closed.
- May 31 - June 1: Registration unavailable to students.
- June 1: Summer Session classes with insufficient enrollment will be removed from the schedule.
- June 12: Summer Session classes begin.
- July 4: Campus closed for Independence Day. No classes will be held.
- August 11: Last day of Summer Session classes.
- August 16: (faculty only; tentative) last day to submit Summer Session grades.
- August 16: (tentative) Summer Session grades posted to transcripts.
- August 20: (faculty only; tentative) last day to submit online grade changes for Summer 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why take Summer Session?
Summer Session allows you to concentrate on one or two classes at a time instead of a full course load. Taking Summer Session classes may also help you graduate sooner. Summer Session can also be an opportunity for Fresno State students and community members to explore new areas of study outside of the traditional academic year.
How are Summer Session classes different from regular semester courses?
Summer Session classes provide the same academic credit as regular semester classes, but in a condensed timeframe. During Summer Session, reports, assignments, exams, etc. come at a much faster pace. Please plan work, travel, and other commitments accordingly.
When will the Summer Session course list be released?
The tentative course list will be released on March 1, 2023.
Who may register for Summer Session classes?
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may register as long as they meet the minimum course requirements. Students from Fresno State, other California State University campuses, other colleges, and even community members can register. Some classes have restricted enrollment and require permission from the instructor or a department office before registration. See the “Registration” tab for more information.
Do prerequisites apply to Summer Session classes?
YES, you must have met all applicable prerequisites to enroll in a Summer Session class. See the Registration tab for information on how prerequisites impact your enrollment. You may view prerequisite information for specific classes in the University Catalog.
When may I register for Summer Session classes?
Registration opens for all students on Monday, March 13, 2023. There is no priority registration for Summer Session.
How long are Summer Session classes?
Class length is determined by the instructor or department office. Some classes are condensed into a few days, while others meet over a period of several weeks. Most Summer Session classes run for 3-6 weeks. The longest classes will be 9 weeks in length.
How do I find an instructor’s contact information?
When are Summer Session fees due?
The payment deadline is May 8, 2023. After that, payment is due immediately upon registration. View the "Payment" tab for more information.
What happens if I am dropped from my Summer Session class for nonpayment?
You may re-enroll in the same class or join the wait list, if seats are still available.
Is financial aid available during Summer Session?
Financial aid may be available for matriculated students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units during Spring Intersession and/or Summer Session. You must have leftover aid from the prior academic year. A Summer Interest Form must be completed with the Financial Aid office. You may also apply for the Provost Graduation Initiative Grant.
What happens if my Summer Session class is removed from the schedule?
If your class is removed from the schedule by the University, you will receive a full refund and may enroll in a different class if you wish.
When and where will my Summer Session grades be posted?
Summer grades are expected to post to transcripts on August 16, 2023, regardless of the actual end date of your class(es). You may be able to view your grades sooner by logging into your MyFresnoState Student Center and clicking on "My Grades." Grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
What is the difference between Spring Intersession and Summer Session?
There is no difference in curriculum or quality. Spring Intersession is a shorter program that begins after Commencement in May. Students who take Intersession classes will be finished within three weeks. Summer Session classes are scheduled after Intersession and may be longer (up to 9 weeks). The required fees are also different for each session.
Will a Summer Session class count toward my degree?
Yes, Summer Session classes fulfill residence credit requirements and are applicable toward Fresno State degrees. Before enrolling, you may wish to meet with an advisor to ensure that you enroll in the best possible summer classes for your program. Visit the Advising Services website for further guidance.
Where do I purchase my Summer Session books?
The Kennel Bookstore will offer Summer Session books (in physical and electronic formats). Some classes may offer course materials at no cost.
Do I need to use a parking permit during Summer Session?
Permits are required to park on campus during Summer Session. You may purchase a summer parking permit for $44.
How do I obtain support services for a disability?
Services for Students with Disabilities is available to provide support services during Summer Session. You must request services in advance.
What campus and student services will be available during Summer Session?
The Kennel Bookstore, Student Union, Student Recreation Center, Student Health Center, and various other services will be available. Some services may have reduced hours or require an additional fee for summer access. View the Campus Services tab for more information.
May I take an online class if I do not plan to be in the Fresno area during Summer Session?
Possibly. Before registering, please contact the instructor to make sure there are no activities (e.g. orientations, meetings, field trips, exams, etc.) that require your physical presence. You may ask the instructor if they are willing to make exceptions for any in-person activities. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to meet all class requirements as defined by the instructor.
I have additional questions/concerns.
Contact the Division of Continuing and Global Education during business hours by calling 559-278-0333, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting room 130 in the Education Building.
Summer Session is open to Fresno State students, students from other CSU campuses, and non-Fresno State students.
Matriculated (active) Fresno State students may register through MyFresnoState once registration begins. There is no priority registration for Summer Session. You may add Summer Session classes without a permission number until instruction begins (unless the class has restricted enrollment, at the request of the instructor or department). After instruction begins, you may still add most classes until the fourth calendar day if you obtain a permission number from the instructor. You may not add face-to-face classes after instruction begins if they meet for fewer than five times or five calendar days.
If you are not a student at Fresno State or another California State University Campus, please review the registration instructions.
Non-Fresno State students: registration in Summer Session does not constitute admission to California State University, Fresno; nor should it be interpreted as acceptance to any degree or credential program. If you are interested in formal admission to the University, you may contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
You may drop classes online using MyFresnoState or by submitting a Schedule Change/Refund Form. You may drop most classes until the fourth calendar day. If a face-to-face class meets fewer than five times or for fewer than five calendar days, you may not drop after instruction begins.
WARNING: After the fourth calendar day, there are NO DROPS OR REFUNDS unless you have a serious and compelling reason (see below). You will receive a failing grade if you do not attend class or attempt to drop.
If you wish to drop a class after the deadline for a serious and compelling reason, you may petition for an exemption. Examples of serious and compelling reasons include: medical emergencies, family emergencies, military service, or jury duty. The Associate Dean of Continuing and Global Education will review your petition. Submit your petition on the Schedule Change/Refund Form and include a detailed explanation (attach additional pages if needed). Please also include supporting documentation (e.g. a doctor's note for a medical emergency) to substantiate your request. If approved, you will be dropped from your class with a grade of "W."
You may select grading options (e.g. letter grade, credit/no credit, or audit) when enrolling online or with a registration form. Some courses require a specific grading options (this will be noted on the class in the MyFresnoState Class Schedule). The grading option you designate will be used on your transcript.
Changes to your grading option must be made no later than Friday of the first week of class. For classes lasting four or fewer days, changes in grading option must be made prior to the class start date. You may change your grading option on MyFresnoState or with a Schedule Change/Refund Form.
A student can elect to audit a class by obtaining the instructor signature on an Administrative Change Form and submitting it to the Division of Continuing and Global Education office no later than Friday of the first week of class. For classes lasting four or fewer days, an audit request must be made prior to the class start date.
Official grades for summer classes will be posted to transcripts in mid-August. If your class ends earlier in the summer, you may view your grade in your MyFresnoState Student Center under "My Grades."
Please note that summer grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
Summer Session grades will be averaged into the your Fresno State GPA, just like any other class.
Permission numbers are required for students who do not meet prerequisites (see above) or who wish to enroll in a class after the first day of instruction. Some classes are also completely restricted and all students who wish to enroll must request permission numbers. Contact the instructor or department office to request a permission number.
Non-Fresno State students: you will likely need to obtain a permission number to enroll in any class with a prerequisite if your transcripts are not part of the University's records.
Prerequisites are now in effect for Summer Session classes. If you have not met prerequisites at the time of registration, or if you met the prerequisites at another institution, you may not be able to enroll in a class without a permission number. You may contact the instructor or department office to request a permission number.
Refer to the University Catalog or contact the department office for more information about prerequisites for individual classes. If you met the prerequisite at another institution, be prepared to provide evidence upon request, such as a copy of your transcript from that institution.
The Summer Session schedule is occasionally changed. You will be promptly notified if your class is affected by any changes.
Wait lists are available in Summer Session for full classes. If you are placed on a wait list, check your Fresno State email regularly to see if you have been enrolled.
WARNING: During Immediate Pay registration (May 9 - beginning of class), you will have a short window in which to pay for your class. If you are on a wait list, check your email daily to see if you have been moved onto the class roster!
You may add Summer Session classes to your wish list in MyFresnoState. Wish lists may be available before registration begins.
Zero-Cost Course Materials
Some Summer Session classes will be taught with zero-cost course materials. Classes will be designated as zero-cost in late spring. To identify classes with zero-cost course materials:
- Access the official class schedule on MyFresnoState.
- Use "Class Search."
- Select "Additional Search Criteria."
- Select "Zero Cost Course Materials" from the "Course Attributes" menu.
Fees must be paid on or before May 8, 2023. After May 8, fees must be paid within 24 hours of enrollment.View Payment Options
Undergraduate Course Fee
The Summer Session course fee for lower- and upper-division courses is $331 per unit.
Graduate Course Fee
The Summer Session course fee for graduate-level courses (200 series) is $405 per unit.
Summer Session fees are $331 per unit for undergraduate classes and $405 per unit for graduate classes. The fee rates are based on the course, not the enrolling student. Some classes may have additional course fees to cover materials. Textbooks are not covered in these fees. Classes with course fees will be noted in the Class Schedule on MyFresnoState.
Statement on fees: The CSU and California State University, Fresno make every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. The CSU and California State University, Fresno must reserve the right, even after initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice; we also reserve the right to correct errors in marketing documents. All listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change.
If you are having trouble paying for Summer Session, one of the following options may be available.
Unused financial aid may be applied to Spring Intersession with a Summer Interest Form--available from Financial Aid in April. Applicants must be Fresno State students with unused financial aid from the 2022-23 academic year. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 6-units in Spring Intersession and/or Summer Session, including one class beginning on or before July 1.Submit a Summer Interest Form
Provost Graduation initiative Grant
Students may be able to obtain grant funding for Summer Session. The Provost Graduation Initiative is for current Fresno State students who will graduate in the near future. Qualified students may be eligible to receive a grant from the Division of Continuing and Global Education to apply toward Spring Intersession and/or Summer Session courses.Provost Graduation Initiative
If you drop a Summer Session class, you must submit a Schedule Change/Refund Form to receive a refund. Otherwise, the funds will remain on your account and can be used for other classes/fees. If you register for a Summer Session class that is subsequently removed from the schedule, you will receive an automatic, full refund and will not have to submit the Schedule Change/Refund Form.
You will receive a full refund if you drop your Summer Session class before instruction begins.
Partial (65%) Refund
You will receive a 65% refund if you drop by the fourth calendar day (not applicable if class is shorter than five days).
WARNING: After the fourth calendar day, there are NO DROPS OR REFUNDS without a serious and compelling reason. You will receive a failing grade if you do not attend class or attempt to drop.
|Enrolled Units||Fees Paid||65% Refund Rate|
|Enrolled Units||Fees Paid||65% Refund Rate|
Campus services operate on different or reduced hours during the summer months. Most academic and student offices adopt summer hours on weekdays (7:00am - 3:30pm).
Continuing and Global Education
Continuing and Global Education runs Spring Intersession and Summer Session. Contact CGE with any questions about class schedules, enrollment, or fees for Spring Intersession or Summer Session.
Other Campus Services
Advising is strongly recommended before enrollment in summer classes. More information on Advising.
Textbooks will be available in June. Visit the Kennel Bookstore website for more information.
Limited, on-campus dining is available in the summer. Visit the Dining Services website for hours of operation.
Please visit the library website for services and hours of operation. A valid student ID is required.
University Police are available at all times by calling 559.278.8400 (advise the dispatcher of your exact location on campus), dialing 9-1-1 from a campus phone, or from emergency phones.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Support services and accommodations are available. Visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website or call 559.278.2811.
Student Health and Counseling Center
Continuing students may use Health Center services. Students attending only for the summer may use the Health Center with Fresno State ID and co-pay.
Student Recreation Center
A summer membership is required to use the Student Recreation Center. Visit the Rec Center website for more information or call 559.278.0780.
University Student Union
The University Student Union will be open daily (excluding holidays). Visit the University Student Union website for summer hours and services.
Title IX Reporting
View the Title IX website for reporting information or contact the Title IX Coordinator directly at 559.278.5357.
Courses listed in the California State University, Fresno General Catalog may be offered during Summer Session. Instructors are encouraged to offer General Education courses at the lower and upper division levels. Departments with high impact classes can take advantage of Summer Session to offer additional sections. Duplicate sections of the same course are discouraged unless there is a history of high demand.
Summer Session is ideal for courses with significant time/meeting requirements. Courses that meet the Upper Division Writing Requirement may be scheduled in Summer Session as well. Weighted labs and courses with low enrollment caps (less than 20 students) may be more suited to Spring Intersession.
Special Topics or elective courses allow faculty to offer a wide variety of course topics, current issues and share recent research. Be creative in your selection of class title and description so students will want to take part in your unique class.
How will I know if my class will be offered?
You will be notified by February 28 if your class is on the Summer Session schedule. Summer Session classes must have at least 20 paid enrollments by June 1 to remain on the schedule. Classes with fewer than 20 enrollments must have sufficient paid enrollments to cover all expenses—including overhead costs and faculty salaries—by June 1.
If for some reason you need to request withdrawal of a student from your class, please complete the Continuing and Global Education Administrative Change Form (found on the Forms page). Please submit this form within three days of the class start date.
Class Format and Contact Hours
Your class may meet at any time during Summer Session (June 12 - August 11). No class meetings, exams, or activities may occur before or after that period. Although scheduling is highly flexible, "W" courses must meet for a minimum of 6-weeks during the 9-week Summer Session term.
Summer Session includes up to 44 days of instruction, plus weekends if needed. Courses may be offered face-to-face, online or as a hybrid. The specific minimum numbers of contact hours required for a class are as follows:
- 1 unit of credit—15 contact hours
- 2 units of credit—30 contact hours
- 3 units of credit—45 contact hours
- 4 units of credit—60 contact hours
Independence Day Holiday: The University is closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. No schedule adjustment is necessary to account for the holiday if your class is regularly scheduled to meet on this day.
Faculty may choose how to schedule contact hours. While most Summer Session classes are scheduled in 3-, 6-, or 9-weeks.
Classroom Access (Keys)
Most of the classrooms on campus will be unlocked by the University Police department if a class is scheduled. Rooms with specialized equipment, such as computer or science labs, may have different unlocking requirements. Please also note that rooms in the Peters Business Building are not unlocked by University Police. Please take note of your room assignment in the MyFresnoState Faculty Center and contact your department office at least six weeks prior to the start of your class to request a key, if needed.
Summer Session instructors must use the Kennel Bookstore ordering system to document required course materials and textbooks, including zero-cost course materials. Information must be submitted by April 3, 2023. Contact the Course Materials department at 559.278.4278 with any questions.
Per campus policy, course evaluations are handled by the department offices. Not all departments require evaluations for Summer Session classes. Please contact your department office for more information.
Under Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CSU and the CFA, Summer Session pay utilizes the 2357 salary schedule, “Instructional Faculty, Summer Session – Extension.” This schedule is colloquially known as the 1/30th model.
If you are a current faculty member and need help determining your potential summer pay, please email the Summer Session Coordinator. Pay for Summer Session classes is determined by the number of enrollments on the finalized class roster:
|Enrollments||Summer Session Pay|
|20 or more||100%|
|13 or fewer||65%|
NOTE: Summer Session classes with fewer than 20 enrollments may be removed from the schedule if there are not enough paid enrollments to cover all expenses.
Final instructor pay is calculated after the conclusion of each class. Pay will be disbursed in a lump sum according to your preferred method on file with Payroll Services (e.g. by mail, direct deposit, or available for pickup at the Joyal cashiers' windows).
PAY DISTRIBUTION: (NOTE: the following dates are estimates based on prior summers; the actual pay date may be later) Summer Session pay for Unit 3 faculty will be disbursed around August 1 for classes that end within the first four weeks of Summer Session. Pay for all later classes will be disbursed around August 31.
TAs teaching in Summer Session may contact the Summer Session Coordinator for more information on pay disbursement dates for their specific classes.
Faculty teaching courses through the Division of Continuing and Global Education must be in compliance with the 125% workload limit. Most faculty do not teach more than 2-3 classes in Summer Session.
Please submit all class grades through MyFresnoState within one week of the class end date. Contact the Summer Session Coordinator if you are having trouble accessing your grade book.
Students may view Summer Session courses in MyFresnoState Class Search. In addition:
- A course list will be available here on the Summer Session website.
- Posters will be distributed to each Summer Session instructor in late March. We recommend displaying these in areas frequented by students.
- Students will be emailed about Summer Session class opportunities.
For best enrollment results, we advise instructors and department chairs to consider the following:
- Inform students EARLY: Make sure that students know about your classes as early as possible so they can plan their summer schedules and funding.
- Schedule with care: Schedule your course for days and times that will attract as many students as possible. Remember, Summer Session courses can be scheduled anytime within the 9-week term.
- Offer high-demand courses: General Education and “W” courses are often popular, but so are “bottleneck” courses, such as core requirements for degree programs. However, students cannot be required to enroll in Summer Session to graduate (i.e. they must also have a class option in the fall or spring).
- Keep external populations in mind: Summer Session is open to all individuals who meet course prerequisites, including community members and students from other universities. If the class you intend to offer has prerequisites, external students (including students from other CSUs) will need permission numbers to enroll.
All faculty will receive 10 permission numbers to distribute as needed. If you offer class that is fully restricted (i.e. closed to general enrollment), you will receive enough permission numbers for the entire class. Contact the Summer Session Coordinator for additional permission numbers, if needed.