department menu

Open University

An open door to your success!

Open University is a CSU system-wide program that allows anyone, on a space-available-basis, to take undergraduate and graduate classes without being formally admitted to California State University San Marcos.  The program is available fall and spring semesters. Registration is easy and fees are the same regardless of whether you are a California resident, out-of-state resident, or an international visitor.  Credits earned through Open University may be applied to degree work and transferred to other universities and colleges.

Taking courses through Open University allows you to:
  • Enroll in classes if you've missed the CSUSM application deadline
  • Examine a field of study before enrolling in a degree program
  • Update your skills
  • Attend classes on a non-continuous basis
  • Raise your grade point average (GPA) prior to application
  • Pursue personal intellectual interests in any field
  • Increase or update competencies in work-related fields
Who can take Open University classes?
  • Members of the general public
  • CSUSM Alumni

Note: Regularly admitted (matriculated) students are NOT permitted to take classes through Open University.

If you are a former CSUSM student wanting to return to the university to complete your degree, please visit the following Admissions website for more information.

Related Links

Open University Inquiry Form

Open University Advising

CSUSM Class Schedule
These are the courses available to you via Open University.  Courses are available on a space-available-basis.

Non-Credit Schedule
Professional development and personal enrichment classes offered via CSUSM Extended Learning.

University Catalog
Learn more about CSUSM academic programs and policies.

Becoming a Student
Interested in becoming a matriculated CSUSM student? Learn more from our Admissions and Recruitment office.