Open University at SF State

Open University at SF State

Open University allows you to take space-available SF State undergraduate and graduate classes without formal admission to the University.

You can apply up to 24 undergraduate units toward a bachelor’s degree or six graduate units toward a master’s degree at SF State.

Who should take Open University?


  • Community college students who want to graduate sooner by taking upper-division coursework before transferring to a university
  • College students who need to improve their GPA before re-enrolling at SF State or another university
  • High school students who are ready to take college-level classes and have completed their junior year
  • Professionals who want to change their work by gaining new skills or knowledge
  • Anyone who wants to learn something new about a favorite subject

$395 per unit. Fees are the same if you are a California resident, an out-of-state or international visitor. Tuition is subject to change.

If you are a matriculated SF State student, you are not eligible to enroll in Open University.

A matriculated student is one who has applied to SF State, is admitted to SF State, or who is enrolled in SF State academic credit classes for the current semester. If you are enrolled for the current semester, you are considered matriculated for the next two semesters, even if you don’t take academic credit classes at SF State.