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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Open University

Fall Open University

California State University, Fresno’s Open University Program permits you, as a member of the general community, to take University classes after regularly enrolled students have registered and when there is still space available in the class.

NO! Admission to the University is not necessary. The Open University Program was designed to increase access to classes for people who are not “matriculated” students at California State University, Fresno.

Open University may be just the program you’ve been looking for if you:

  • want to examine a new field before enrolling in a degree program
  • want to update your professional training
  • are thinking of a career change and need retraining
  • are seeking academic credit from an outstanding University

You are not eligible to enroll through Open University if you have a hold or financial obligation on your account.

You are eligible to enroll in courses through the Open University program if you:

  • missed Fresno State’s admission deadline
  • want to update your professional training and job skills for your current or future work
  • want to test your interest in a field before entry or re-entry
  • want to explore personal interests or take prerequisite classes
  • were disenrolled or disqualified from the university or from an undergraduate degree program. Graduate students who are disqualified from the university are not eligible to enroll in 200 level courses through Open University.
  • are NOT admitted and enrolled, or a continuing Fresno State student. 

Fresno State will accept up to 24 units towards a baccalaureate degree for classes taken through Open University and Extension.  Credit earned through Open University may affect admission classification for first time freshmen and transfer students.

International students considering enrollment through Open University must contact the International Office at 559.278.2782 or email Sarah Lam at

The registration fee is $310 per unit plus any additional course fees (if applicable). This fee applies to everyone, whether or not you are a California resident, and is subject to change. Financial aid is not available for Open University. 

Continuing and Global Education Student ID Card – $5.00.

Student Affairs has changed the grade posting policy. Grades will not be posted to transcripts until the final grade deadline for the semester. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the University Registrar’s office at 559.278.2191.

Fall 2022 grade deadline is Monday, January 3, 2023.

Student ID Cards – $5.00 per semester

ID cards are available to students enrolled in academic credit classes, not non-credit or CEU's.

  1. Confirm that the Continuing Global Education course registration and payment is posted on your Student Center.
  2. Pay the $5.00 CGE Student ID Card activation fee at the Cashier windows in the Joyal Building.
  3. The Bulldog Card office will email you a link with further instructions to upload a photo and receive your card.

Why get an ID card?

  • Check out privileges for library materials
  • Ability to load money on the card for printing and food purchase
  • Identification of student status in the community
  • Use of Health Center with co-pay:
    The option of paying $15 co-pay at Health Center per visit
    Pay full semester co-pay of $151 at Cashier in Joyal Building and bring the receipt to Health Center to be noted on the Health Center account.

Please note: card is not valid for stateside student service, including access to the Student Recreation Center, laptop checkout, or student campus discounts.