Summer Session 2021
CLASS DATES: June 14th - August 13th, 2021
GRADES: Summer grades will be posted to transcripts in mid-August. If your class ends at an earlier date, you may view your grade sooner in the MyFresnoState Student Center under "My Grades." Please note that summer grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
What is Summer Session?
Summer Session is a 9-week term in which you can enroll in over a hundred Fresno State classes without the interruptions and demands of a regular semester. Summer Session is also open to other CSU students and community members (course prerequisites may apply).
View the Class List
NOTE: Summer classes ending before June 14th are scheduled in Spring Intersession and won't be on this list.
Dates are subject to change.
- Early March: Summer Session class search available in MyFresnoState.
- March 15: Summer Session registration begins.
- Mid April: Summer Interest Forms available to students who want to apply leftover financial aid to summer classes.
- April 19: Registration fee payment deadline. Students who have not paid will be dropped from Summer Session, but may re-enroll for remaining seats during Immediate Pay registration.
- April 20: Immediate Pay registration begins. Students must pay fees within 24 hours of enrolling in a class.
- May 31: Memorial Day holiday
- June 2-3: Registration unavailable to students.
- June 3: Summer Session classes with insufficient enrollment will be removed from the schedule.
- June 14: Summer Session classes begin.
- July 5: Campus closed for Independence Day (observed). No classes will be helld.
- August 13: Last day of Summer Session classes.
- Mid-August: Summer Session grades posted to transcripts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why take Summer Session?
Summer Session allows you to concentrate on one or two classes at a time instead of a full courseload. Taking Summer Session classes may also help you graduate sooner. You may also use the opportunity to explore new areas of study. If you are a non-Fresno State student, you are also eligible to enroll in Summer Session to earn academic credit or explore new interests.
When will the Summer Session course list be released?
The tentative course list will be released in March 2021.
Who may register for Summer Session classes?
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may register as long as they meet the minimum course requirements. Students from Fresno State, other California State University campuses, other colleges, and even community members can register. Some classes have restricted enrollment and require permission from the instructor or a department office before registration.
Non-Fresno State students: registration in Summer Session does not constitute admission to California State University, Fresno; nor should it be interpreted as acceptance to any degree or credential program. If you are interested in formal admission to the University, you may contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
Do prerequisites apply to Summer Session classes?
YES, you must have met all applicable prerequisites to enroll in a Summer Session class. You may view prerequisite information in the University Catalog.
If you have not yet met a prerequisite, or are a non-Fresno State student and do not have academic information in our system, you may contact the instructor of the class or their department office and request a permission number to enroll. Be prepared to provide evidence that you are qualified to enroll, such as a transcript from the institution where you fulfilled the prerequisite.
When may I register for Summer Session classes?
Registration opens for all students on Monday, March 15, 2021. There is no priority registration for Summer Session.
How long are Summer Session classes?
Class length is determined by the instructor or department office. Some classes are condensed into a few days, while others meet over a period of several weeks. Most Summer Session classes run for 3-6 weeks. The longest classes will be 9-weeks in length.
How do I find an instructor’s contact information?
Most faculty members are in the Campus Directory. If your instructor is not listed, you may email email@example.com for assistance.
When are Summer Session fees due?
The payment deadline is April 19, 2021. After that, payment is due immediately upon registration. View the payment tab for more information.
What happens if I am dropped from my Summer Session class for nonpayment?
You may re-enroll in the same class or join the wait list, if seats are still available.
Is Financial aid available during Summer Session?
Financial aid may be available for matriculated students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units during Spring Intersession and/or Summer Session. You must have leftover aid from the prior academic year. 2021 Summer Interest Forms will be available from the Financial Aid Office on April 15th and must be submitted by June 11th. You may also apply for the Provost Graduation Initiative Grant.
What happens if my Summer Session class is removed from the schedule?
If your class is removed from the schedule, you will receive a full refund and may enroll in a different class if you wish.
When and where will my Summer Session grades be posted?
Summer grades will be posted to transcripts in mid-August, regardless of the actual end date of your class(es). You may be able to view your grades sooner by logging into your MyFresnoState Student Center and clicking on "My Grades."
NOTE: Grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
What is the difference between Spring Intersession and Summer Session?
There is no difference in content or quality. Spring Intersession is a shorter program that begins after Commencement in May. Students who take Intersession classes will be finished within three weeks. Summer Session classes are scheduled after Intersession and may be longer (up to 9-weeks). The required fees are also different for each session.
Will a Summer Session class count toward my degree?
Yes, Summer Session classes fulfill residence credit requirements and are applicable toward Fresno State degree programs. Before enrolling, you may wish to meet with an advisor to ensure that you enroll in the best possible summer classes for your program. More information on advising services.
Where do I purchase my Summer Session books?
The Kennel Bookstore will offer Summer Session books (in physical and electronic formats). Some classes may offer course materials at no cost.
Do I need to use a parking permit during Summer Session?
Permits are required to park on campus during Summer Session. You may purchase a summer parking permit for $44.
How do I obtain support services for a disability?
Services for Students with Disabilities is available to provide support services during Summer Session. You must request services in advance.
What campus and student services will be available during Summer Session?
The Kennel Bookstore, Student Union, Student Recreation Center, Student Health Center, and various other services will be available. Some services may have reduced hours or require an additional fee for summer access. View the Summer Services tab for more information.
NOTE: Availability of some services may be limited due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
May I take an online class if I do not plan to be in the Fresno area during Summer Session?
Possibly. Before registering, please contact the instructor to make sure there are no activities (e.g. orientations, meetings, field trips, exams, etc.) that require your physical presence. If there are, you may ask the instructor if they are willing to make exceptions. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to meet all class requirements as defined by the instructor.
I have additional questions/concerns.
Contact the Division of Continuing and Global Education during business hours (weekdays; 8AM-5PM) by calling 559-278-0333, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting room 130 in the Education Building.
Matriculated (active) Fresno State students may register through MyFresnoState once registration begins. There is no priority registration for Summer Session. You may add Summer Session classes without a permission number until instruction begins (unless the class has restricted enrollment, at the request of the instructor or department). After instruction begins, you may still add most classes until the fourth calendar day if you obtain a permission number from the instructor. You may not add face-to-face classes after instruction begins if they meet for fewer than five times or five calendar days.
If you are not a student at Fresno State or another California State University Campus, please review the registration instructions.
You may select grading options (e.g. letter grade, credit/no credit, or audit) when enrolling online or with a registration form. Some courses require a specific grading options (this will be noted on the class in the MyFresnoState Class Schedule). The grading option you designate will be used on your transcript.
Changes to your grading option must be made no later than Friday of the first week of class. For classes lasting four or fewer days, changes in grading option must be made prior to the class start date. You may change your grading option on MyFresnoState or with a Schedule Change/Refund Form.
Prerequisites are now in effect for Summer Session classes. If you have not met prerequisites at the time of registration, or if you met the prerequisites at another institution, you may not be able to enroll in a class without a permission number. You may contact the instructor or department office to request a permission number. Refer to the University Catalog or contact the department office for more information about prerequisites for individual classes. If you met the prerequisite at another institution, be prepared to provide evidence upon request, such as a copy of your transcript from that institution.
Permission numbers are required for students who do not meet prerequisites (see above) or who wish to enroll in a class after the first day of instruction. Some classes are also completely restricted and all students who wish to enroll must request permission numbers. Contact the instructor or department office to request a permission number.
You may add Summer Session classes to your wish list in MyFresnoState. Wish lists may be available before registration begins.
Wait lists are available in Summer Session for full classes. If you are placed on a wait list, check your Fresno State email regularly to see if you have been enrolled.
WARNING: During Immediate Pay registration (April 20th - beginning of class), you will have a short window in which to pay for your class if you are moved from the wait list. Check your email daily!
You may drop classes online online using MyFresnoState or by submitting a Schedule Change/Refund form. You may drop most classes until the fourth calendar day. If a face-to-face class meets fewer than five times or for fewer than five calendar days, you may not drop after instruction begins.
WARNING: After the fourth calendar day, there are NO DROPS OR REFUNDS unless you have a serious and compelling reason (see below). You will receive a failing grade if you do not attend class or attempt to drop.
If you wish to drop a class after the deadline for a serious and compelling reason, you may petition for an exemption. Examples of serious and compelling reasons include: medical emergencies, family emergencies, military service, or jury duty. The Associate Dean of Continuing and Global Education will review your petition. Submit your petition on the Schedule Change/Refund Form and include a detailed explanation (attach additional pages if needed). Please also include supporting documentation (e.g. a doctor's note for a medical emergency) to substantiate your request. If approved, you will be dropped from your class with a grade of "W."
Classes are occasionally added or removed to the schedule. You will be promptly notified if your class is affected by any schedule changes.
Official grades for summer classes will be posted to transcripts in mid-August. If your class ends earlier in the summer, you may view your grade in your MyFresnoState Student Center under "My Grades." Please note that summer grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
Summer Session grades will be averaged into the your Fresno State GPA, just like any other class.
Zero-Cost Course Materials
Some Summer Session classes will be taught with zero-cost course materials. Classes will be designated as zero-cost in late spring. To identify classes with zero-cost course materials:
- Access the official class schedule on MyFresnoState.
- Use "Class Search."
- Select "Additional Search Criteria."
- Select "Zero Cost Course Materials" from the "Course Attributes" menu.
FEE - UNDERGRADUATE CLASSES: $331 per unit
FEE - GRADUATE CLASSES: $405 per unit
FIRST PAYMENT DEADLINE: April 19th, 2021
Summer Session fees are $331 per unit for undergraduate classes and $405 per unit for graduate classes. Some classes may have additional course fees to cover materials. Textbooks are not covered in these fees. Classes with course fees will be noted in the Class Schedule on MyFresnoState.
Statement on fees: The CSU and California State University, Fresno make every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. The CSU and California State University, Fresno must reserve the right, even after initial payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice; we also reserve the right to correct errors in marketing documents. All listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change (see "Fees and Refund Rates" below).
FULL REFUND:You will receive a full refund if you drop your Summer Session class before instruction begins.
PARTIAL (65%) REFUND: You will receive a partial (65%) refund if you drop your Summer Session class after instruction begins, but before the end of the fourth calendar day of the class.
If a face-to-face class meets for fewer than five times or five calendar days, you may not obtain a refund after instruction begins without a serious and compelling reason.
WARNING: After the fourth calendar day, there are NO DROPS OR REFUNDS unless you have a serious and compelling reason. You will receive a failing grade if you do not attend class or attempt to drop.
If you drop a Summer Session class, you must submit a Schedule Change/Refund Form to receive a refund. Otherwise, the funds will remain on your account and can be used for other classes/fees. If you register for a Summer Session class that is subsequently removed from the schedule, you will receive an automatic, full refund and will not have to submit the Schedule Change/Refund Form.
Fees and Refund Rates (Undergraduate Classes)
|Units||Fees||65% Refund Rate|
Fees and Refund Rates (Graduate-Level Classes)
|Units||Fee||65% Refund Rate|
Fresno State students who have unused financial aid from the previous academic year may be able to apply it to Summer Session classes. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in at least 6-units of academic-credit courses during May-June Intersession and/or Summer Session.
- At least one of those classes must begin prior to the month of July.
- Submit a Summer Interest Form to the Financial Aid Office.
2021 Summer Interest Forms will be available from the Financial Aid Office on April 15th and must be submitted by June 11th. Questions? Please check with the Financial Aid Office.
Provost Graduation Initiative Grant
Students may be able to obtain grant funding for Summer Session. For more information, visit the Provost Graduation Initiative Grant program.
Advising Services includes resources and links to help you locate the right advising office on campus. We highly recommend that you consult with an advisor before enrolling in Summer Session to ensure that you are taking the best possible classes for your academic career.
Continuing and Global Education
The Division of Continuing and Global Education (CGE) coordinates Summer Session classes and registration. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm during the semester. Summer office hours are 7am-3:30pm and begin in late May. The University is closed on May 25th in observance of Memorial Day and July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. We are located in the Education Building, Room 130 and we can be reached by calling 559.278.0333. Visit the Continuing and Global Education website for more information.
Henry Madden Library
The Henry Madden Library will be open on Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm during Summer Session. The building will be closed on weekends and on Friday, July 3rd. Visit the library website for more information.
Housing (University Courtyard)
If you are enrolled in Summer Session, you may apply for residence hall housing. For more information, visit the Atrium Customer Service desk, call 559.278.2345, or visit the Fresno State Student Housing website.
Beginning in early June, textbooks will be available at the Kennel Bookstore for Summer Session. Visit the Kennel Bookstore website for more information. You may also contact your instructor in advance for textbook information.
Parking (Traffic Operations)
Parking permits will be required for Summer Session. You may purchase a summer student permit for $44. For more information, call 559.278.2950 or visit the Traffic Operations & Parking website.
Student ID Cards (non-Fresno State students)
Students without an active Fresno State ID card may purchase a Spring/Summer CGE-student ID card for $5.00. The ID card provides checkout privileges for materials in the library, access to services at the Health Center (with a co-pay), and serves as a valid student ID card in the community. View CGE ID card information.
Services for Students for Disabilities
Support services are available by calling the Services for Students with Disabilities office at 559.278.2811. Visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website for more information.
Student Recreation Center
The Student Recreation Center will be open during Summer Session. A paid summer membership is required. This is NOT included in Summer Session fees. You will have to purchase a membership separately if you wish to use the facilities. Visit the Student Recreation Center website for more information.
Student Health and Counseling Services
Student Health and Counseling Center Services will be open during Summer Session. Visit the Student Health and Counseling Center website for more information.
Technology Services (Technology Service Desk)
You may reach the Technology Service Desk by calling 559.278.5000, or by visiting the Technology Service Desk website. The Technology Service Desk can answer questions and assist with student accounts and campus systems.
University Dining Services
The University Dining Hall and select campus dining locations will be open during the summer. For University Dining Services Services hours, call 559.278.3904 or visit the University Dining Services website.
University Student Union
The University Student Union will be open daily during Summer Session, but will be closed during campus-recognized holidays. Visit the University Student Union website for summer hours and services.
Information on State and Federal aid to veterans is available by calling Veterans Services at 559.278.6036. Visit the Veterans Services website for more information.
Important Dates for Faculty (2020-21)
- October 19: Summer Session course proposal form available online.
- December 1: Last day to submit Summer Session course proposals to Continuing and Global Education.
- December 2020 - February 2021: Summer course scheduling. Faculty will receive email acknowledgements of course proposals.
- March 15: Summer Session registration opens.
- June 3: Summer Session enrollment reviewed. Classes with insufficient enrollment will be removed from the schedule.
- June 14: Summer Session instruction begins.
- July 5: Independence Day (observed). No classes held.
- August 13: Summer Session instruction ends.
Proposing a Summer Session Course
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All Summer Session course proposals must be submitted using DocuSign. (links below)
We recommend that departments avoid booking too many sections of the same course during Spring Intersession and Summer Session. Each section will be evaluated individually, and multiple sections may compete for the same enrollments.
Start a form (DOCUSIGN)
All Summer Session course proposals must be submitted using DocuSign. Start a form by using the apporirate link below and filling in the emails of all signers.
- Summer Session Course Proposal (via DocuSign)
- Summer Session Course Proposal with Volunteer Form (via DocuSign)**
**only to be used if the instructor is waiving pay for this class
We strongly recommend using @csufresno.edu emails for DocuSign purposes.
NOTE: once you start a form, please return to it using the link emailed to you. If you "start" a form multiple times, it will create multiple forms in DocuSign.
Please fill out the front of the course proposal form in its entirety. If you are proposing a topics course, fill out the “Topic Course Information” section on the back as well. If you have any questions, contact the Summer Session Coordinator.
Your class may meet at any time during Summer Session (June 14th - August 13th). No class meetings, exams, or activities may occur before or after that period. Although scheduling is highly flexible, "W" courses must meet for a minimum of 6-weeks during the 9-week Summer Session term.
NOTE: Classes are not held on Independence Day (or its observed date). You do not need to add a "make-up" day for the holiday.
Minimum enrollment has no effect on whether the class will be offered. It is for informational purposes only.
Maximum enrollment will be used to cap the class section. Permission numbers will override maximum enrollment. Faculty pay does not increase past the 20th enrollment. We recommend a maximum enrollment of 22-25 to ensure full pay even if a couple of students drop the class.
Class types are identical to semester offerings. Faculty teaching digital campus classes must have received any required training and curriculum approvals for that designation.
Choose this option ONLY if you want your class to be closed to all general enrollment. We do not recommend using this option unless your class is reserved for a specific student group or cohort.
All faculty will receive 10 permission numbers to distribute as needed.
PeopleSoft Note Codes
Note codes are used by PeopleSoft to add general class notes (e.g. 34 for "Letter Grade Only") to classes. This field is commonly used by DAAs. If you do not know your note codes, write TBD or leave this blank and the Summer Session Coordinator will add them later.
Every course has a six-digit course ID that applies to class sections. If you do not know your course ID, write TBD or leave this blank and the Summer Session coordinator will add it later.
This is for lab/materials fees collected at the time of regsitration. Only fees listed for your class in the University Catalog may be included here.
If your class includes periodic synchronous activities (lectures, exams, etc.) that students are required to complete on specific dates/times, please include them on your course proposal form or attach a separate schedule in DocuSign. We will make this information available to students when they register so they do not inadvertently enroll in classes that meet at the same times.
Summer Session classes must meet for the same amount of time as regular semester classes. Please plan virtual lectures and activities accordingly.
Please complete this section thoroughly and answer all questions. Contact the CGE Payroll and Contract Operations Coordinator if you have any questions.
Topic Courses (Back Page)
This section of the form is only required if you are proposing a topic course (course number ends in "T", e.g. CI 180T).
Classes are scheduled from December - February. If approved for scheduling, DocuSign will email you a PDF copy of the completed form. If more information or revisions to your proposal are needed, the Summer Session Coordinator will follow up.
Approval of your course proposal does not guarantee a teaching appointment. Summer Session classes must have at least 20 paid enrollments by June 3rd to be approved. Classes that do not meet this threshold must have sufficient paid enrollments to cover all expenses—including overhead costs and faculty salaries—by June 3rd.
NOTE: Please monitor your email on June 3rd. You will receive an with a status report for your course in the PM hours. If a contract is to be issued, this status report and a contract will be sent via DocuSign.
Getting the Word Out
For best enrollment results, we advise instructors and department chairs to consider the following:
- Inform students EARLY: Make sure that students know about your classes as early as possible so they can plan their summer schedules and funding.
- Schedule with care: Schedule your course for days and times that will attract as many students as possible. Remember, Summer Session courses can be scheduled anytime within the 9-week term.
- Offer high-demand courses: General Education and “W” courses are often popular, but so are “bottleneck” courses, such as core requirements for degree programs. However, students cannot be required to enroll in Summer Session to graduate (i.e. they must also have a class option in the fall or spring).
- Keep external populations in mind: Summer Session is open to all individuals who meet course prerequisites, including community members and students from other universities. If the class you intend to offer has prerequisites, external students (including students from other CSUs) will need permission numbers to enroll.
If for some reason you need to request withdrawal of a student from your class, please complete the Continuing and Global Education Administrative Change Form (found on the Forms page). Please submit this form within three days of the class start date.
Classroom Access (Keys)
Most of the classrooms on campus will be unlocked by the University Police department if a class is scheduled. Rooms with specialized equipment, such as computer or science labs, may have different unlocking requirements. Please also note that rooms in the Peters Business Building are not unlocked by University Police. Please take note of your room assignment in the MyFresnoState Faculty Center and contact your department office at least six weeks prior to the start of your class to request a key, if needed.
Per campus policy, course evaluations are handled by the department offices. Not all departments require evaluations for Summer Session classes. Please contact your department office for more information.
Please submit all class grades through MyFresnoState within one week of the class end date. Contact the Summer Session Coordinator if you are having trouble accessing your grade book.
Continuing and Global Education will generate 10 permission numbers for each class, which can be found in your MyFresnoState Faculty Center. If you request your class to be fully restricted, you will receive enough permission numbers for all students. Catalog prerequisites apply to Summer Session classes, so students from other CSUs, colleges, etc. will need permission numbers to enroll, as their transcripts will not be on file at the University.
Permission numbers are valid until online enrollment is closed for your class. Contact the Summer Session Coordinator if you have any questions or want to request more permission numbers.
Textbooks for Summer Session may be ordered from the Kennel Bookstore. The tentative deadline is April 1, 2021. You should follow all required deadlines to designate zero-cost course materials for summer classes. Contact the Kennel Bookstore Course Materials department at 559.278.4278 with any questions.
Under Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the CSU and the CFA, Summer Session pay utilizes the 2357 salary schedule, “Instructional Faculty, Summer Session – Extension.” This schedule is colloquially known as the 1/30th model.
If you are a current faculty member and need help determining your potential summer pay, please email the Summer Session Coordinator. Pay for Summer Session classes is determined by the number of enrollments on the finalized class roster:
|Enrollments||Summer Session Pay|
|20 or more||100%|
|13 or fewer||65%|
NOTE: Summer Session classes with fewer than 20 enrollments may be removed from the schedule if there are not enough paid enrollments to cover all expenses.
Final instructor pay is calculated after the conclusion of each class. Pay will be disbursed in a lump sum according to your preferred method on file with Payroll Services (e.g. by mail, direct deposit, or available for pickup at the Joyal cashiers' windows).
Summer Session pay for Unit 3 faculty will be disbursed around August 1 for classes that end within the first four weeks of Summer Session. Pay for all later classes will be disbursed around August 31. Please note that these dates are estimates based upon past summers.
TAs teaching in Summer Session may contact the Summer Session Coordinator for more information on pay disbursement dates for their specific classes.