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:
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.