Open University (Concurrent Enrollment)
What Is It and Who Can Participate?
The Open University program allows students, and other individuals, to enroll in courses offered on the UC Merced campus without being formally admitted to a degree program. Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students can take up to 18 units per semester.
This is an ideal program for individuals who want to:
- Earn university-level credits.
- Return to school, but who are not sure if they want to become full-time students.
- Complete degree requirements at another institution with a course, or two.
- Take a graduate course.
- Gain up-to-date information in their professional field.
- Enroll in a college course as an advanced high school student.
Community college students are also encouraged to take Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) classes, but they should first check into Intersegmental Cross Enrollment. Intersegmental Cross Enrollment is a separate program with lower fees and is administered by the community college and UC Merced.
View the UC Merced Course catalog.
Information about the UC Academic Senate Regulations regarding the Extension program.
- Open University (concurrent course enrollment) is based on available space, and class participation and assignments are the same as for regular students. The program is available during the fall and spring semesters.
- All campus debts must be paid in full in order to participate in Open University (Concurrent Enrollment). Failure to report outstanding balances on campus may result in application denial. Financial aid is not available.
- Students must be in good academic standing with their home college. If currently on academic warning or probation, students are required to present written approval from the home college in addition to the Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) application form.
- The academic records of Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students are separate from the UC Merced academic record. Participation in Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) does not confer or suggest status as a regular UC Merced matriculated student nor does it grant any priority to an applicant for regular admission.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) is on a term-by-term basis. This means that acceptance for one term does not guarantee acceptance in any future term. Applications are reviewed and students will be notified if there is an issue with their application.
- Students are not eligible to complete courses through UC Merced's Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Program if they can answer "yes" to any of the following conditions:
- They were on probation or dismissed from UC Merced at the end of their last regular semester or quarter.
- They were denied admission to UC Merced.
- They have any financial obligations to the University of California.
- They have ever been barred from the campus by police or court order.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students do not have the same privileges as enrolled students paying full tuition:
- Enrollment in research or independent study is not allowed.
- You will have an official ID card (a $20 fee applies) that allows you to be on campus and have access to the library.
- You must purchase a parking permit through the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) office to park on campus.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students must submit the Concurrent Enrollment application prior to the first day of instruction.
- Any application submitted after this deadline is considered late, and late fees will apply.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students can enroll in courses beginning the second week of instruction, but must enroll no later than the end of the third week of instruction.
- Students can take graduate-level classes with the approval of the graduate division.
- An additional signature is required on the Instructor Approval Form.
- Students can take undergraduate courses as prerequisites to graduate programs or possibly second baccalaureate programs.
Be aware that there may be restrictions on the total number of courses that may be taken through Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) for any of the above. Check with department advisors regarding these restrictions.
UC Merced students taking the last course to graduate with an undergraduate degree are in a special category and will be required to obey certain rules and policies related to the Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Program. While courses taken through the Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Program can count toward a degree at UC Merced, those seeking a degree from this campus should contact an academic advisor in their school for approval before enrolling.
- UC Merced students can take a maximum of 4 credits prior to graduation. More than one class can be taken as long as the total number of units does not exceed 4.
- All campus debts must be paid in full. Failure to report outstanding balances on campus may result in application denial.
- A student must be in good standing. Students currently on academic warning or probation must present written approval from your school with the Concurrent Enrollment application form.
- Grade point averages (GPA) for courses taken through Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) are not counted toward fulfilling requirements for the degree.
Students on the Education Leave Program and undergraduate students who left UC Merced and have not earned a degree can't enroll in the Concurrent Enrollment Program until 12 months after the end of their last semester of enrollment as a degree seeking student at UC Merced.
- Obtain the online application or pick one up at the Students First Center. Complete the application form and submit the form to the Students First Center (in person) or the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of instruction.
- The associated application fee must be paid prior to submission of the application, either online (see below), with a check made out to the UC Regents, or in person at the Cashier’s Office. A Late Application Fee will be charged for application submitted beginning the first day of UC Merced instruction.
- You will receive an email from Office of the Registrar with notification of your application’s approval or denial. If approved, further instructions will be provided.
- If your application is approved, take the Instructor Approval Form with you to the first class meeting. Let the instructor know you are an Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) student. The instructor may ask you to wait until he/she can determine if there will be space in the course after degree-seeking students have enrolled. Return the signed and completed instructor approval form(s) to the Students First Center.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students can officially enroll in courses beginning the second week of instruction, but must enroll no later than the end of the third week of instruction.
- Payment must be made at time of registration. Registration is only complete upon payment of all fees.
- Once enrolled, withdrawals must be requested in writing to the Office of the Registrar. No refunds will be granted.
- Attend the first class meeting of the course(s) in which you wish to enroll.
- Take your Instructor Approval Form with you to this meeting and let the instructor know that you are an Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) student.
- The instructor may ask you to wait until he/she can determine if there will be space in the course after regular students have enrolled.
- Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) students may not take independent study or research courses.
- Return the signed and completed instructor approval form(s) to the Students First Center.
Courses are open for enrollment on a space-available basis. Fees are due immediately. Registration is complete upon payment of all appropriate fees and charges. There are no refunds.
- First Time Enrollee Application Fee: $55
- Prior Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Student Application Fee: $10
- Late Application Fee (required beginning the first day of instruction): $100
- Per-Undergraduate Unit Registration Fee: $421
- Per-Graduate Unit Registration Fee: $526
University of California tuition and fee levels are set by the Regents of the University of California and are subject to change without notice.
Additional information may be found at the University of California, Office of the President webpage.
Visit MyBill and select Registrar Fees for Non-Students.
If you submit payment and the application prior to the first day of instruction:
- Pay either the First Time Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Student Application Fee of $55 if you have never enrolled in the Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Program before.
- Pay the Prior Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Student Application Fee of $10 if you have enrolled in the Open University (Concurrent Enrollment) Program in a prior semester.
If you submit payment and the application the first day of instruction or after, pay the Late Application Fee of $100 only.
For questions about the application process or if there is a special circumstance not described above, contact the Office of the Registrar at 209-228-7178.