Open University

University classes open to everyone

Open University provides an opportunity for those who are not currently admitted to Cal Poly Humboldt to enroll in university courses in the fall and spring. (For summer classes, see Summer Session.)

The Open University program through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement allows enrollment in Humboldt credit-bearing classes, provided that there is space available and prerequisites are fulfilled.

Open University courses taken will count in undergraduate/graduate units earned, grade point average and residence credit.

The registration process is easy. Admission to the University is not required, and the same fees apply to everyone. Registration for Open University begins one week before the start of the term.


College of Extended Education & Global Engagement cannot guarantee you a space, nor assure you will be permitted to enroll in any class. Instructor and department chair approval is required, even if space is available.

Open University is NOT available to matriculated students (those admitted for the current semester).

A maximum of 24 semester units in Open University earned through Extended Education & Global Engagement in non-matriculated status may be applied toward a bachelor's degree, and not more than eight units may apply to the master's degree.

Easy Steps to Register

  1. Registration is on a space-available basis.
  2. Select the courses you want from the listing in the regular Humboldt Schedule of Classes.
  3. E-mail the instructor to obtain permission to take the course and request a permission number.
  4. Submit an online registration within the first two weeks of the class in order to avoid a late fee. (See deadlines.) Enter the permission number in the appropriate space on the registration form. Once you submit the registration, you will be taken to a payment portal. You must make payment in order to complete the registration. (Note that while you have the first two weeks to enroll without a late fee, you will not have access to an online course until you complete the registration process.)

Open University Online Registration Form


The College of Extended Education & Global Engagement can accept payment by check, money order, cash or credit card. Please make all checks or money orders payable to Cal Poly Humboldt.

Full payment of fees is required at the time of registration.

NOTE: Instructors may exclude a student from attending courses if the student cannot provide proof of registration for the course.



Open University fees are subject to revision.

VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for payment.

Some courses may also require an individual course fee, as indicated in the schedule of classes.


See the complete Humboldt schedule of classes


Open University Online Registration Form


NOTE: Registration procedures differ for the following programs: