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Open University Program

Advantages

Disadvantages

Tuition and Courses

 

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Open U is administered through SFSU's College of Extended Learning. It functions essentially as another door through which unddergraduates and post-bacs can take the same classes that matriculated SFSU undergraduates take. Because of the closing of the 2nd-Bac Program, Open U is the only means remaining by which SFSU post-bacs can still be part of an informal program. These changes have not negatively affected the Formal Post-Bac Program, which remains intact and indeed is doing quite well.

 

Advantages

Anyone can take classes through Open U; there are no degree requirements nor application deadlines. Open U is less expensive for undergraduates that are only taking one class or are out-of-state residents, and less expensive for post-bacs compared to the Formal Post-Bac Program. Open U allows pre-registration for classes during the summer. See Summer Registration for details.

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Disadvantages

Open U students can't pre-register for fall or spring classes, have higher tuition than matriculated undergraduates and don't qualify for financial aid through SFSU's Financial Aid Office. Open U students have the lowest enrollment priority, so thay have difficulty getting into classes, especially introductory major's level science classes that are pre-requisites for health profession schools, whereas they have less difficulty enrolling in upper-division science electives and general education (GE) classes. The current budget crisis has increased the difficulty of Open U students getting into any class.

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Tuition and Courses

Open U presently charges $295 per lecture unit and $315 per science lab unit, regardless of state residency status. See Open U Fees for up-to-date tuition information. The Extended Learning Online Class Schedule provides a complete list of classes available through Open U and their corresponding tuition.

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