To be considered for admission as a first-time freshman, you must:
1. File an application during the initial filing period. Be sure to file before the application deadlines published at Admissions Calendar.
Please note: For Fall 2014 admission, the initial filing period ends November 30, 2013.
2. Graduate from high school or equivalent by the end of your spring 2014 term.
3. Have completed, with a grade of "C" or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements:
- English: 4 years
- Mathematics: 3 years. Algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
- Social Science/History: 2 years, including 1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government
- Science: 2 years. 1 biological science with lab, and 1 physical science with lab
- Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
- Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year. Art, dance, drama/theater, or music
- Electives: 1 year. Selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and agriculture
Note: Be sure to send CSUN your official, preliminary high school transcript as soon as you complete the first semester of your high school senior year.
4. New! To be considered for Fall 2014 admission, all first-time freshmen must ensure that their SAT or ACT scores are received by the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records no later than Monday, February 3, 2014. The last opportunity to take the tests is in December 2013, so register for the test as early as possible.
For test dates and registration, visit the following websites:
- ACT - See the American College Testing Program or consult your high school counselor.
- SAT - See the College Board website or consult your high school counselor.
5. Earn a qualifiable eligibility index. The CSU Statewide Eligibility Index is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). All grades earned in "a-g" college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades are used to calculate the grade point average (GPA).
- Local area applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined Local Guarantee Admission Area must possess a minimum Eligibility Index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
- Non-local area applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined Local Guarantee Admission Area must meet a higher Eligibility Index. The minimum Eligibility Index to be given admission consideration is 3700 using the SAT, or 950 using the ACT.
Note: The academic characteristics of the non-local area freshman applicant population will determine the Eligibility Index cut-off, which may vary. Learn more at Freshman Impaction.
The eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:
- SAT (scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school grade point average)
- (10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school grade point average)
For Fall 2014 admission, all first-time freshmen must ensure that their SAT or ACT scores are received by the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records no later than February 3, 2014. The last opportunity to take the SAT or ACT is in early or mid December 2013. Register for these tests at least one month before the test date.
EPT and ELM Requirement
While your English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test scores are not required for admission to the University, you must satisfy the requirement before enrolling in classes. Even if you are admitted, you must take the EPT/ELM tests by the deadline published below unless you are exempt.
If you miss the EPT/ELM test deadline, you will need to:
- Reapply for admission to CSUN for the next available fall semester (first-time freshmen are not currently admitted to spring semesters);
- Attend another college or university to complete all lower division requirements, and apply to CSUN as a transfer student.
You may prepare a written appeal. However, appeals regarding missed deadlines are rarely considered.
Deadline: Unless you are exempt, you must take the EPT and ELM tests by Saturday, May 3, 2014 for Fall 2014 enrollment. Because of heavy demand and limited seating, you should register for the tests much earlier than the May deadline.
Information about EPT/ELM test dates, online registration, exemptions and more is available at CSUN Testing Center.
How to Apply
Submit an online application through CSU Mentor
Three steps will simplify the admissions process. You should:
- Gather your important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) to have them handy for completing the online application at CSU Mentor
- Request official transcripts and test scores, and
- Have official transcripts and test scores sent to the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records. Review deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the Admissions Calendar.
For additional information and planning, go to CSU Mentor and select Plan for College.
View CSUN Majors
To view majors, go to the CSUN Catalog.
Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still be accepting students. Look for the exceptions in the Admissions Calendar.
After You Apply
After you have applied, go to the Admissions and Records home page, or click the links below, for the next steps you need to take in your application process:
- I Have Applied
- I Have Been Admitted - After being admitted, you must electronically file your Intent to Register.