Open University { College of Extended Learning }

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Open University: Registration Information for Fall 2014

Please note: To take university classes during winter & summer, please see Winter Session & Summer Session.

How to Register

Follow the steps below:

  1. Review and select courses. The SF State class schedule is available on the Web
  2. Attend the first class meeting.
  3. Obtain permit number if the instructor approves your admission to the class. It is also possible for students to obtain an instructor signature on an Extended Learning Registration Form (PDF) in lieu of a permit number, but this requires in-person registration.
    (You will need Adobe Reader to view this PDF file.)
  4. Enroll by September 22 in one of the following ways. Schedule number and permit number are required for registration.
    • ONLINE by using Extended Learning Online Registration.
    • BY PHONE by calling Extended Learning Student Services at 415.405.7700 (option 5).
    • IN PERSON at the SF State Main Campus or the SF State Downtown Campus
  5. Payment for courses can be made as soon as a student registers. Fees must be paid by student's payment due date (see Payment Due Date section below for more details).

Payment Due Date

Students who register for Open University from August 25 - September 8 must pay fees by September 8 to avoid being dropped for non-payment. Students who register in Open University classes from September 9 - 22 must pay fees by 5:00pm on the day that they register to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

The last day to register and pay for short courses with weekend meetings is the Monday following the first day of class.


$395 per unit


Read the course description and footnotes in the SF State schedule. If you have not met the prerequisites and later must drop or withdraw from a course, you will be subject to standard refund deadlines and policies. Read the course descriptions to be sure you fulfilled any prerequisites and are eligible to enroll in each course. Complete course descriptions are listed in the SF State Bulletin and are available online, in the library, and in the SF State Bookstore.

If you enroll in a course and have not fulfilled test score and/or other prerequisites, SF State reserves the right to withdraw you from the course(s) with no refund. Instructors do not always check prerequisites; their signatures on your registration form do not indicate that any prerequisites have been waived. If enrollment depends on passing a test which must be taken prior to enrollment, such as the ELM or EPT (English Placement Test), you must provide proof of ELM/EPT clearance or exception to the College of Extended Learning at the time of registration. For information on the ELM and/or EPT exam(s), contact the SF State Testing Center at 415.338.2271.

Course Restrictions

The following classes are unavailable through Open University:

  • Graduate business courses (700-899).
  • Most graduate classes in Health Education, specifically HED 810, HED 811, HED 815, HED 820, HED 821, HED 822, HED 825, HED 828, HED 829, HED 830, HED 831, HED 835, HED 840, HED 855, HED 884, HED 890, HED 895.
  • Most graduate counseling courses, with the following exceptions: COUN 700, COUN 702, and COUN 703.
  • Multiple subjects credential core courses in the department of elementary education, specifically EED 679, EED 681, EED 682/782, EED 684, EED 685, EED 686, and EED 783.
  • Graduate culminating experience courses, numbered 892, 893, 894, 895, and 898.
  • Independent Study courses, numbered 699 and 899.

To register for Independent Study courses see Special/Independent Study.

Transfer of Fees 415.405.7700

Transfer of fees is permitted for adding and dropping if the transaction is submitted in person on one add/drop form, or by phone to SF State Extended Learning by the Drop Deadline. After the Drop Deadline, students must withdraw from courses which earn academic credit. During the Early Withdrawal Period a transfer of fees is permitted only if students submit an add/drop form and a petition for withdrawal signed by instructor and department chair/program director in person to the Extended Learning office. If the amount of the added course exceeds the amount of the available refund for the dropped course(s), the non-refundable portion of the dropped course fees can be applied toward total fees due. These non-refundable fees are not included in any subsequent refund calculation.


Full refunds are not available for semester-length Open University courses after the session start date. To determine the deadline for refund of 65% of course fees for semester length Open University class, see Calendar & Deadlines. The effective date of a refund request is the day the add/drop or withdrawal form is received by SF State Extended Learning. A refund check is mailed to the address listed on the add/drop form. Allow six to eight weeks for refund check processing. According to California State University (CSU) regulations, credit card accounts cannot be credited.


See Open University sessions information in Calendar & Deadlines for deadlines. Students may withdraw from courses after the Drop Deadline and receive a grade of "W" by securing the approval signature of the instructor and the department chair and/or college dean on a withdrawal petition. (Note: failure to attend does not cause students to be dropped from a course.)

Do not put a stop payment on a check to drop or withdraw from a course. This results in a financial obligation to SF State for the course fee, plus an additional $20 charge. Failure to withdraw officially from a course generates a failing grade of "F" or "WU".

Course Numbering System

000-099 Remedial (units do not count toward graduation)
100-299 Lower Division
300-699 Upper Division
700-899 Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate
900-999 Joint Doctoral Courses

Disability Programs & Resource Center

For information concerning special services to accommodate a physical, perceptual, or learning disability, please contact the Disability Programs & Resource Center on the SF State Campus at 415.338.2472 voice/TTY.

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