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How to Take Classes at CSUF if You’re not Currently Admitted

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Have you heard of Open University (OU) at Cal State Fullerton? This is a program that allows students who are not currently admitted to take the same classes that an enrolled student does. Both undergraduate and graduate-level classes are offered.

“People choose to enroll through Open University for a variety of reasons,” said Margaret Luzzi, an OU advisor. Margaret explained that many types of individuals will benefit from this program, including those who:

  • Need to complete academic credit courses for professional reasons
  • Are planning to transfer to an undergraduate program
  • Need to complete prerequisites for a graduate degree or professional program
  • Have been academically disqualified from CSUF and need to raise their GPA to be re-admitted
  • Stopped out and need to finish credits for their degree
  • Are international students participating in the University Semester Abroad (USA) Program

Suzanne Batista, another OU advisor, added that she sees Open University as “a stepping stone for individuals to advance and move forward in taking their next step.” 

“In summer, we see students from other universities take courses at CSUF via OU,” said Suzanne, “because CSUF offers a course they need in an earlier sequence than their home institution, which allows them to step up progress towards a degree. We also see an increase in students that are admitted for a future fall term and are excited to get started. It’s a great opportunity to begin exploring course offerings and experience our great faculty.”

No matter where you’re from or what stage you’re at in your educational life, the door is open for you to explore Open University at Cal State Fullerton. If you’d like to take courses this summer, enrollment has now started. There are 60% online/hybrid courses for those who want more flexibility and to save on transportation costs and 40% in-person classes offered for those who enjoy the in-person faculty and student comraderie.

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Debbie Vengco