How to Register


Registration Steps

Registration for Open University, Spring 2023 begins on January 17.

  1. View the Spring 2023 class schedule
  2. Note your course selection(s)
  3. Instructor approval with email confirmation or a permission number is required
  4. Register online

All forms must be received by 5 p.m. on February 22, 2023.

Important Reminders
  • Undergraduate level courses are numbered from 1000 to 4995
  • Graduate-level courses are numbered 5000 and above


  • Register online
  • You can register up to 3 UG level classes on one submission. If you need to register for more than three classes, you will need to submit another online registration form.
  • Your Student ID and Username will be emailed to you within 3-5 business days
    • You will need that information to set up your myStanState account
  • Instructions on how to set up an account
  • Instructions on how to pay your fees

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to pay all fees due within 7 business days.


Official Program Limits

The normal unit load is 15 units but students can take up to 18. A student who wishes to register for more than 18 units for fall or spring semester must obtain the approval of the major department chair at registration on a Registration Options form. The maximum for which a student may enroll during the summer term is 10 units.  Additional units in a winter and summer term require the approval of the major department chair on a Registration Options form. Enrollment for approved excess units is permitted beginning the first day of class. Units taken for Credit by Examination do not count toward excess units; however, concurrent enrollment courses, audited courses, and courses in which a student is making up an incomplete grade are all counted as part of the student’s total course load, making them applicable to this regulation.


Graduate Level Courses

Graduate programs at Stanislaus State are competitive and require additional approvals; permission to enroll is at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.  Students may be asked to provide the following:

  • Evidence of a compelling reason why you should be allowed to enroll for graduate credit through Open University.
  • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of an adequate GPA for admission to the specific program from which you are requesting a course.

Credential Courses

Additional approvals from the Program Coordinator are required.