Open University

About This Program

Community members or students not currently admitted to a CSUN degree program can take academic-credit classes at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) without formal application and admission to the university. The Tseng College administers the Open University program, which allows visiting students to take academic-credit classes in the Fall and Spring semesters. Students may take the classes on a space-available basis, if they receive instructor approval and meet course prerequisites.

At CSUN, up to 24 units of academic credit (including fall, winter, spring and summer courses) taken as a non-matriculated student may be applied toward a bachelor's degree, and up to 9 units may be applied toward a master's degree.

Registration starts the first day of classes. Students attend the first class meeting to request a permission number, which can be used to register online or in person, at the Tseng College Admission and Registration office, Matador Bookstore Complex, Rm. 100.

International Students

Students from around the world may register for online Open University courses and attend class via the internet, along with local students. No matter where a student lives, online courses are available through Open University.


Visiting students enroll in Open University courses through CSUN’s Tseng College. For eligibility requirements, see the FAQ link on the right side of this page.

Information for Prospective Students

For Disability Resources, CSUN Policies, the Tseng College Policies and other information, visit Prospective Students page.