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:
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.
These are the courses available to you via Open University. Courses are available on a space-available-basis.
Professional development and personal enrichment classes offered via CSUSM Extended Learning.
Learn more about CSUSM academic programs and policies.
Interested in becoming a matriculated CSUSM student? Learn more from our Admissions and Recruitment office.