FAQ

FAQs

  • Due to California's declining support for higher education, the California State University has mandated a reduction in the overall student population on each of its campuses. By moving the summer quarter to self-support, the credit units generated through student registrations do not count against our campus' target ceiling. This will result in a deduction in the total number of credit units generated by Cal Poly over the entire academic year and will help us meet the reduced enrollment target. It will also allow us to take in roughly the same size freshman class in Fall 2019.

  • Self-support is a financial mechanism which allows Cal Poly and other CSU campuses to offer courses when there is no state funding. Continuing and Extended Education units are the entities authorized by the CSU to offer courses in self-support.

  • When courses are offered with state funding, a high percentage of the total costs, including faculty compensation, is paid through the state general fund. When a course is offered in self-support, there is no state funding at all. Therefore, instructional fees must cover all direct and indirect expenses including compensation.

  • All sessions will start on June 24 with the exception of the Second 5-Week session starting July 29. For more information on the different sessions offered, check out the Students page here.

  • Students will register and pay their fees using the same systems and process as with any other term.

  • We have become aware of a rumor that is circulating among students about an 8 unit maximum for summer term sessions. This is not true. Summer Term has the same standard maximum of 22 units that you may register for during any term.

    However, because some summer sessions are short and intense (e.g. 5 weeks) you might not be able to schedule more than 6 or 10 units. This restriction is based on schedule availability and workload considerations that are under each student’s control.

  • Yes! You would register through Open University.

  • Extended Education has always offered programs and courses in the summer that were not part of the regular schedule of classes, as authorized under Executive Order 1047. This will continue in Summer 2019. These programs include international experiences, off-campus internships, and other programs/classes that do not fit the standard summer term schedule. Registration for these programs and courses is handled through Extended Education and they will be listed on the Extended Education website. Fees vary by program.

  • Yes! You will register through Extended Education just like in any other quarter. The program is called Open University. Visit the Open University page for more information.

  • Students must be a matriculated Cal Poly student and degree seeking in a regular Cal Poly Program. Financial aid may be available for students registering for summer term classes. However, remember that financial aid is very individualized. Be sure to check with the Office of Financial Aid regarding your eligibility for Summer Term 2019.

  • Tell your department chair/head that you need that class. If enough students demonstrate interest and we have an instructor willing to lead it, we may be able to add it to the schedule.

  • Some faculty are considering teaching courses either completely online or in blended formats. Tell your department chair and faculty member you would like to take the course in an online format. Extended Education does not determine the instructional delivery methodology used by individual faculty.

  • For example, if I take MATH 141 in the second session of Summer Term, will I be able to register in MATH 142 for Fall 2019?

    Yes. If you are enrolled at Cal Poly in a prerequisite class, you will be allowed to enroll in the Fall class requiring the prerequisite. You would be able to enroll in MATH 142 for the Fall while you are enrolled in MATH 141 in the Summer.

  • Any Freshman that enrolls for Summer should schedule a meeting with their advisor to review their Fall schedule and make adjustments as needed.