Open University

Spring 2016 Registration is Open



Online use your credit card online

Phone – call (540) 961-9622 and use your credit card

In person – visit the office at 1000 N. Main St. Blacksburg, M-F 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and pay via cash, check, or credit card.

Open U Installment Plan – If the upfront cost of an Open U class prevents you from being able to sign up, please consider submitting a request to use our Open U Installment Plan. We will allow you to pay for your registration in biweekly or monthly increments of two to four installments. Go to our Open U Installment Plan Page, submit a form, and we’ll contact you within a few days about payment details. We hope this makes Open U more accessible and provides a better opportunity for everyone to learn something new!

Sign-up for Open U Installment Plan

New Dance Class Pass!

This semester, Open University is mixing things up with regards to dance and movement classes. Instead of signing up for one specific dance class, you will now have the opportunity to apply your pass towards a class or a series of classes of your choosing that also fits your schedule. The pass comes in two flavors – a 6 stamp pass and a 12 stamp pass. Purchase a pass and pick it up from the YMCA Admin Offices. Once you have your pass, just bring it to any dance class. The instructor will initial your pass, then you’re good to go. Enjoy the premium flexibility and variety of the new Open U Dance Class Pass!

Class Cancellations

Occasionally, we must cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment, weather, etc. If a class is canceled the day it is scheduled to start, you will be notified by email or telephone. Please provide your most current phone number and email address. If a class is canceled, you will have the option of receiving a full refund.

Class Withdrawals

If you cannot attend a class, please let us know by phone or email at least 3 business days prior to the first class meeting to receive a full refund or credit. Late withdrawals can lead to last minute cancellations of classes or keep students on the waiting list from being able to join, so we appreciate your cooperation concerning this. A student who withdraws fewer than 3 days prior to the first class meeting will receive a refund of the registration fees less $15.

Inclement Weather

The YMCA will make a decision on the status of a class by 3pm if the weather is questionable. If a class needs to be canceled, Y staff will attempt to contact students. When in doubt, students are encouraged to call the YMCA at 540-961-9622 or check for an update.

Required Supplies

Some classes require you to bring supplies and others will provide supplies. Please make sure you understand what is required and contact us with any questions.

Who May Enroll

Most classes are designed for adults unless otherwise noted. For younger students interested in taking a class, please call the YMCA at 540-961-9622 or send us an email and we’ll check with the instructor. Parents may be required to attend class with their child.

A Word To Our Students

The YMCA Open University is committed to offering a wide variety of affordable courses open to all members of the community. Instructors agree to a policy that prohibits them from advertising or selling products and services while teaching these classes. The views expressed in class do not necessarily reflect those of the YMCA at Virginia Tech.

Want to Teach a Class?

Please fill out our Course Proposal Form online. If you have questions, please give us a call at 540-961-9622 or email

Contact Us Send us an email or call 540-961-9622

If you’ve taken a class with us, please fill out our short Open U Survey to give us feedback to improve the program.  Thank you!