No Formal Admission Requirements
Through Open University anyone who is not formally admitted to SSU may participate in regular University classes. See the following registration information.
How to Register for Open University
View the SSU Schedule of Classes online at http://sonoma.edu/academics/schedule.html and pick up an enrollment form from Extended Education in Stevenson Hall 1012.
Select the course(s) you wish to take. Be sure you have fulfilled any necessary prerequisities and are eligible to enroll in each course. Complete course descriptions can be found in the SSU Catalog 2012-2013 available online www.sonoma.edu/ar/catalog.
Complete the registration form and attend the first class meeting. If there is space in the class, ask the instructor to sign the form. If you are taking a course in Natural Sciences with a laboratory component, you must obtain the Department Chair's signature.
For Education courses: Individuals are not allowed to register through OPEN University for any School of Education Credential Program Required Courses, including Prerequisites. For other Education courses individuals should meet with the department chair through which the course they wish to take is offered in order to determine if an Open University enrollment is appropriate. You must obtain the signature of the Education Department Chair. Instructor's signature is not required. Fees are paid when the signed form is returned to Extended Education.
For Business courses: You must also obtain a permit to register issued by the Business Administration department before registering. Fees are paid when the completed form is returned to Extended Education.
Registration will be accepted through
January 14- January 25, 2013.
Anything turned in after the 25th is with a $25 late fee and will not be eligible for refunds as the no refund date is the 25th.
You may enroll in most of the regular campus courses at Sonoma State University through our Open University Program. (Regular campus courses are any of the regularly scheduled courses at SSU other than Extended Education courses.) No formal admission process is required. Anyone who is not formally admitted to the University may participate in regular University classes on a space available basis with the instructor's signature. The approval of the Department Chair is not required, except for science laboratory courses in the School of Natural Sciences.
If you enroll in a course and have not fulfilled test score and/or other prerequisites, the University reserves the right to withdraw you from the course(s) with no refund. An instructor's signature on your registration form does not indicate that any prerequisites have been waived.
Open University participants receive special session academic credit for coursework in lower-division, upper-division, and some graduate work. In general, Level 500 Graduate School of Business courses are not available through Open University. Up to 24 units of academic credit may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree, nine units may be applied toward a Master's degree (subject to departmental approval). Units earned in Open University courses do not meet degree residence requirements.
Open University is for you if you:
- missed the deadline for admission to SSU degree programs
- want to update your professional training and job skills
- want to explore personal interests
- want to test your interest in a field before entry
Matriculated (admitted) students or students who have previously attended SSU and whose current status is disqualification for either academic or administrative reasons may not enroll through Open University. There will be no exceptions to this regulation and no refund of fees. Students who have applied and been admitted for Spring 2012 semester, but who do not pay fees or enroll in regular University courses, may enroll through Open University but will lose their status as admitted students and must reapply for admission.
Matriculated (Admitted) Students
Matriculated (admitted) students or students who have previously attended SSU and whose current status is disqualification for either academic or administrative reasons may not enroll through Open University. There will be no exceptions to this regulation and no refund of fees.
Anyone with a permanent residency status may enroll without restriction in Extended Education courses. Individuals who hold visitor visas (B visas) are cautioned to comply with Immigration Service requirements and regulations prior to enrolling for Extended Education coursework. Foreign students must also obtain the signature of the Foreign Student Advisor prior to enrolling in Open University courses.
Grades & Transcripts
For policies pertaining to grades and transcripts, all regular University rules, regulations, and prerequisites apply to Open University students.
Lecture/Discussion per unit: $265
Nursing Department courses $278
School of Natural Sciences Laboratory per unit: $278
This fee applies to all Natural Science courses with any laboratory component and is applied as follows:
You are not registered until fees are paid and your registration form has been received by Extended Education.
Refunds are not issued automatically. Extended Education Add/Drop forms with the instructor's signature must be submitted to Extended Education to receive a refund of fees paid according to the following schedule:
- Total refund of fees paid are granted through January 25, 2013.
- After January 25, 2013: No refund is given.
The effective date of a refund application is the day it is received by Extended Education. Refunds are mailed to the address listed on the Add/Drop forms after the forms have been approved by Extended Education. Allow 4-6 weeks for refunds to be issued.
Last day to completely withdraw from all Spring 2013 courses with a grade of "W" (subject to University policies) is March 8, 2013 (done online). Students may withdraw for reasons clearly beyond their control by securing the approval and signature of the instructor on a Class Drop and Refund Request form. No refund is given.
Grade Mode Change
Last day for a Spring 2013 grade mode change (subject to University policies) is March 8, 2013 (done online).