Enrollment


Open University

Open University provides an opportunity for individuals, not currently admitted to Cal Poly, to enroll in courses at the university.

Please review FAQ information if you are uncertain as to your eligibility to enroll in courses via Open University.

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Before You Register

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  1. Matriculated Cal Poly students may not enroll in Open University. A matriculated student is a student who is, through normal procedures, admitted formally at Cal Poly to pursue an authorized degree, credential or certificate (for academic credit).
  2. If you are a previous Cal Poly student, make sure you have removed any holds from your account.
  3. Open University allows disqualified Cal Poly students to enroll in classes for academic credit and thus gives them a chance to raise their grade point average while taking degree applicable courses, should they choose to re-apply to Cal Poly. Students will need to provide documentation from their dean’s office allowing enrollment through Open University. For more information on conditions leading to academic disqualification or dismissal, see http://www.catalog.calpoly.edu/academicstandardsandpolicies/academicstandards/.

Registration Process Options

Register Using Paper Registration Form

This process requires coming to campus to obtain signatures from instructors. Click to view steps

Please see the Deadlines and Important Dates page for the date when PASS is available as well as the earliest date completed form may be submitted. Forms will not be accepted prior to that date.


NOTE: Enrollment is based on space availability after matriculated Cal Poly students have enrolled, as well as other criteria established by the instructor, department or college.

  1. View available Cal Poly Classes. Note: The schedule of classes is only available online.
  2. Get a Registration form. (Click on "Print" to download form)
    • Or pick up a Registration form from Cal Poly Extended Education, Science Building 52, Room E34. Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
    • A separate Registration Form is needed for each class.
  3. Obtain instructor consent to enroll by having them sign registration form. Contact information for each academic department is on the Cal Poly website.
    • Enrollment is based on space availability after matriculated Cal Poly students have enrolled, as well as other criteria established by the instructor, department or college.
  4. Return completed registration form to Cal Poly Extended Education.
  5. Once enrollment is processed, an email confirmation with payment instructions will be sent.

Register Using DocuSign Electronic Process

This process will allow your registration to progress electronically, which is especially helpful for you when obtaining instructor signatures for your enrollment. Rather than coming to campus to obtain signatures, all permissions will be handled via email. PLEASE NOTE: You must create a separate registration form for each class. Click to view steps

Please see the Deadlines and Important Dates page for the date when PASS is available as well as the earliest date completed form may be submitted. Forms will not be accepted prior to that date.


NOTE: Enrollment is based on space availability after matriculated Cal Poly students have enrolled, as well as other criteria established by the instructor, department or college.

  1. View available Cal Poly Classes. NOTE: The schedule of classes is only available online.
  2. Look up instructor(s) name and email address.
  3. Click on the Open University registration form. Note: You must use a separate form for each class. link
    Docusign first page
    • Enter student name and email address
    • Enter class instructor name and email address
      NOTE: If class has an additional LAB or ACT (even if same instructor as LEC) enter additional instructor name and email address
  4. Select SUBMIT
  5. An email will be sent to you with a link to complete the form.
  6. Docusign first page
  7. Open email and click on "Review Document"
  8. Hit "Continue"
  9. Docusign first page
  10. Complete the form and click "Finish"
    Docusign first page
      If you cannot complete the form in one sitting, click Other Actions in the top right corner and then click Finish Later. You can access the form again by clicking on the same “Review Document” link in the email.
  11. Instructor(s) will automatically be sent the form to sign.
  12. All parties, including Open University, will receive a copy of the completed form.
  13. Once enrollment is processed, an email confirmation with payment instructions will be sent.
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