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Concurrent Enrollment

Open Campus / Concurrent Enrollment

Challenge yourself: Take courses on the UC Santa Cruz campus

The Open Enrollment program, also known as the Concurrent Enrollment program, gives community members the opportunity to explore an exciting topic and students the chance to finish up a degree without being formally admitted to a degree program. Enrollment is handled differently depending on your student status and which quarter you choose to enroll.

  • Do you desire university-level credits?
  • Are thinking about returning to school, but are not sure if you want to study full time?
  • Do you need only a course or two to complete degree requirements at another institution?
  • Would you like to take a graduate course?
  • Interested in picking up the latest information in your profession?
  • Are you still in high school and want to take a college course?


Open enrollment meets different needs


Completing a UC Santa Cruz degree

Taking a class to complete your undergraduate degree?

If so, you are in a special category and will be required to meet certain Open Campus requirements.

  • All campus debts must be paid in full. Failure to report outstanding balances on campus may result in application denial.
  • You must be in good academic standing with your college.
  • If you are currently on academic warning or probation, you must present written approval from your college with your Concurrent Enrollment application form.
  • Open Campus courses count towards senior residency.
  • If you have withdrawn or taken a leave from the main campus to attend Open Campus courses, you are subject to the Withdrawal/ Leave of Absence policy and Refund Schedule. You may be responsible for all or a portion of the UC Santa Cruz registration fees.
  • Students can only take 7 credits per quarter through Open Campus. If you would like to take more units, you may appeal by contacting
  • All graduate-level courses (numbered 200 and above) require the signature of the dean of Graduate Studies.
  • To get approval to enroll in the course. you must have an unofficial transcript to show the instructors.

Life-long learners in the community

The Open Campus Program, administered by UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, allows you to enroll in courses offered on the UC Santa Cruz campus without being formally admitted to a degree program. The Open Campus program is available during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

  • As an Open Campus student, you may take up to 7 credits per quarter, or more by appeal. To appeal to take more credits, please email
  • Course enrollment for members of the community is based on available space and requires instructor approval. Instructors will need to see an unofficial transcript of courses taken at other institutions.
  • Class participation and assignments are the same as for regular students.
  • Graduate-level courses (courses numbered 200 and above) require the signature of the dean of Graduate Studies.

Course availability in the fall, winter, and spring quarters

Most UC Santa Cruz courses, especially in fall, winter, and spring quarters, are available on a space-available basis for Open Campus students. Enrollment is handled through the registrar at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. (For summer enrollment, see below.)

Enrollment is complete only once the instructor of the desired course has signed the enrollment form and it is received at the Student Services office at UCSC Extension, 3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

Here is the four-step enrollment process

  1. Search and contact the course instructor or department (if no instructor provided) and provide them your Open Campus enrollment plans.
  2. Pay the one-time application fee by registering for section UCSC.1000. If you are a returning Open Campus student, please email and we will register you for the next session.
  3. Submit the completed Open Campus Application Form and the Instructor Approval Form. All required signatures must be on the completed forms. Please submit the forms to
  4. Pay your tuition by the deadlines indicated in fees and deadlines.

Enrolling in the summer quarter

In the summer quarter, Open Enrollment is handled differently. Courses are available through UCSC Summer Session. You need to follow that department's enrollment process, fee structure, and deadlines. For more information regarding UCSC Summer Session courses, please contact the Summer Session office at (831) 459-5373, or visit their website at

Note to community college students

If you're currently a community college student, please check into "Cross Enrollment," a separate program with lower fees that is administered jointly by a community college and UC Santa Cruz.