Open Campus Opens Doors

If you're the kind of student who's always looking for opportunities to get ahead, Open Campus can open doors for you. The Open Campus program is a great way to accelerate your academic progress, while taking classes at one of the world's top public universities. You'll save time and money by earning college credit while living at home, and you don't have to be enrolled at UC Davis to take advantage of Open Campus.

Important Enrollment Dates

2020-2021 UC Davis Open Campus Enrollment Deadlines
Fall Winter Spring
Instruction and in-person enrollment begins 09/30/20 01/04/21 03/29/21
Deadline for passed/not passed or noncredit 11/03/20 02/08/21 04/30/21
Deadline to enroll* 11/03/20 02/08/21 04/30/21
Final day for schedule adjustment (add or drop) 12/11/20 03/12/21 06/03/21
Instruction ends 12/11/20 03/12/21 06/03/21
Quarter ends 12/18/20 03/19/21 06/10/21

Please note: Open Campus deadlines are not the same as UC Davis deadlines.
*Late enrollment fee of $50 per class required after this date. *Last day to withdraw with a refund, minus a $30 processing fee.


As an Open Campus student, you can take up to 8 quarter units of undergraduate work (course numbers 1-198), 4 quarter units of graduate work (course numbers 200 and above) or 5 units of combined graduate and undergraduate courses per quarter. If you plan to transfer credits earned through Open Campus toward a degree, talk to your academic advisor before enrolling to ensure that your Open Campus work will be accepted.

Note: UC Davis international students seeking readmission must maintain a full course load of 12 units. Work with your UC Davis academic advisor to obtain approval from the College Dean's Office.

Petition to Exceed Unit Maximum

If you want to request to take courses that have a combined unit total exceeding the limits noted above, you must submit a Petition to Exceed Unit Maximum. This form must be returned by the deadline to the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office for approval. If your petition is approved, you may complete your enrollment. Your Petition to Exceed Unit Maximum must be completed prior to enrollment.

Students taking courses for readmission to UC Davis should attach an academic plan, approved by a UC Davis academic advisor, to the Petition to Exceed Unit Maximum.


Enrollment Fee

Enrollment fees are due at the time of enrollment.

The per-unit enrollment fee is $300 per academic unit. The per-unit enrollment fee is subject to change without notice. Fees for courses that are part of the self-supporting master’s degree programs in Forensic Science and Maternal and Child Nutrition are at the rate paid by the students in those programs.

Semester-length courses will be charged a higher per-unit fee determined at the time of enrollment.

Late Enrollment Fee

A $50 late enrollment fee per class is required for processing enrollments after the deadline to enroll. All late enrollments must be submitted with a written request indicating the extenuating circumstances for the late enrollment and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Administrative Fee for International Students

A $490 fee is required for international students seeking readmission to their UC Davis degree program.

Academics and Recreation Center Fee

Open Campus students participating in physical education classes held at the Activities and Recreation Center will need to purchase a pass for the quarter. Open Campus students are eligible for the affiliate rate at the ARC.


UC Davis Alumni Association members are eligible for a $50 discount (courses $300 or more) on one Open Campus course per quarter.

Proof of current CAAA membership is required upon payment of fees.

UC Davis career and academic staff are eligible to receive 20 percent (up to $200 maximum discount per course) off all Open Campus courses. Current eligibility will be confirmed at the time of enrollment/payment.

Please note: Discounts should be requested at time of enrollment and cannot be applied after enrollment is submitted.

Financial Aid

While Open Campus students are not eligible for federal or state-funded financial aid, options for financing your education include private alternative loans and direct-to-consumer loans. For more information about private alternative loans please visit our student loan information page.

How to Enroll

Please note: Participating in this educational program does not in itself provide preference in admission to the University of California. Students interested in applying to the university should refer to the admissions website or the admissions office of the UC campus they wish to attend for details about the admissions process.

  1. Choose the courses you want to enroll in. Refer to the UC Davis General Catalog and Registration Guide for a list of all available courses. Some restrictions apply, so be sure the courses you are interested in are available for Open Campus enrollment. See limitations on the enrollment policies page.
  2. Complete an Open Campus enrollment form for each course you want to enroll in.
  3. Obtain instructor's signature for each course. Take your enrollment form to the first class meeting and let the instructor know that you'd like to take the course through UC Davis Open Campus. Ask the instructor to sign your form. Your enrollment is on a space-available basis, and some instructors may wait up to three weeks to confirm that space is available. Please note: some courses also require the signature of the department chair or dean. See limitations on the enrollment policies page.
  4. Submit your enrollment form in person. To finalize the enrollment process, bring your completed and signed enrollment form, along with payment, to the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office by the published deadline.