CSU students can now take a free, fully-online course each term

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CSU students can now take a free, fully-online course each term

A key tenet of the California State University’s efforts to improve student achievement under Graduation Initiative 2025 is helping students get the courses they need, when they need them. The CSU’s latest effort in this area is the launch of CSU Fully Online. Through CSU Fully Online, Fresno State and other CSU undergraduate students have the opportunity to take one free, fully-online course offered at another CSU campus every term, moving them one step closer to earning a degree.

“As we press forward with our Graduation Initiative 2025 efforts, online education is an important strategy for meeting students’ needs and facilitating degree completion,” said Nathan Evans, interim assistant vice chancellor, Student Academic Services for the CSU Office of the Chancellor. “The CSU Fully Online program provides students opportunities for cross-campus enrollment and access to a wide variety of courses that may not be immediately available at their home campus.”

More than 3,000 courses are available through CSU Fully Online. These courses transfer for credit as a general education requirement, specific course fulfillment or as an elective.

CSU students are eligible to take part in CSU Fully Online if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed at least one term (semester or quarter) at a CSU campus and earned at least 12 units at the campus.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 at their home campus and are in good academic standing.
  • Are or will be enrolled at their home campus during the time they are taking a fully-online class through another CSU campus.
  • Have paid tuition as a full-time student at their home campus.

The CSU has a long history of meeting the needs of students through quality online education opportunities. In fall 2017, the CSU offered over 5,200 online course sections and more than 118,000 students enrolled in at least one online course. Recently the CSU announced a new collaboration with the California Community Colleges – “Finish Faster!” – providing students of either system with access to 10,000 online transferrable courses this summer.

For more information about how the CSU is working to improve student achievement, visit the Graduation Initiative 2025 website.