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What is myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center?

View and manage your academic, financial and personal information in the myNorthridge Portal. Log into myNorthridge to:

For access, log into myNorthridge at www.csun.edu with your CSUN user ID and password.

Online Self-Service Registration

CSUN students register in classes online by logging into myNorthridge portal. You can also log into the "Enroll in Classes" feature of the new CSUN Mobile App.

To preview SOLAR self-service features, see the How To Guides for Students. No login is required.

Activate Your CSUN User ID and Password

If you are a student who has been admitted to CSUN and you have never logged into the myNorthridge portal, you need to activate your account. Follow these steps:

  1. Locate the “Activate CSUN User ID and Password” letter sent to you by the Office of Admissions and Records.
  2. From www.csun.edu, enter your CSUN user ID and initial password in the myNorthridge login area.

    For a list of compatible web browsers, see Browser Compatibility.
  3. Read and accept the campus Information Technology (IT) policy that displays. You must agree to the policy to continue.
  4. Follow the instructions to set up your password, your "Forgot My Password" question(s) and answer(s), and any other information you are prompted to enter.
  5. The subsequent page(s) will confirm your account information.

Congratulations! You can now access myNorthridge, the SOLAR Student Center and CSUN Gmail. Tips:

For help with account activation, visit the Information Technology (IT) Help Center.

Registration Appointment

CSUN students are assigned a time to register for the fall and spring semesters. For summer terms, students self-appoint a time to register. Regardless of the academic term or semester, the following points are true of your registration appointment:

Fall and Spring Semesters

As a CSUN student, you will receive a fall and spring designated registration appointment based on the number of units you have completed at the time the appointments are produced.

About 2 to 4 weeks before fall or spring registration begins, all new students who are eligible to enroll in the upcoming semester are sent a Registration Access Mailer for their first semester only. The mailer contains:

Review your Registration Access Mailer carefully. Report any discrepancies in person or in writing to the Office of Admissions and Records (Registrar). Changes or corrections to the mailer will not affect your appointment day or time. Failure to receive this information in the mail does NOT relieve you of the responsibility for meeting deadlines.

Summer Term Self-Appointment

For summer terms, regular CSUN students (i.e., those admitted to CSUN) may self-appoint a time to register on a first-to-arrive basis by logging into myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center.

For specific dates to create your registration appointment online, register by appointment, and register without an appointment, see the Semester Bulletin.

Set an Online Appointment

If you are a regular CSUN student, the SOLAR Student Center will automatically issue you the next available registration appointment when you take these steps:

  1. Log into myNorthridge at www.csun.edu with your CSUN user ID and password.
  2. Locate My Checklist > Registration (section) > Summer Appt/Enrollment (link)
    If you are eligible for the regular term, your appointment will then display.

For extension Summer Session information, see The Tseng College.

For state-support Summer Term cohort programs, see the Registration Calendar.

Registration Holds

Registration holds prevent students from enrolling in classes. Before registering on SOLAR, clear all holds. Students with advisement holds must contact their academic advisor in the Student Services Center/EOP Satellite Office for the college of their major. Undecided majors must contact the Advising Resource Center (ARC)/EOP. Students with financial holds must immediately pay their account balance in full to be eligible to register.

Learn more with the guide View Holds.

Registration Periods

Each academic term has three registration periods:

To view registration dates by semester, see the Semester Bulletin.

To view the tuition and fee payment schedule, see University Cash Services.

Top 10 Registration Tips

  1. Activate your CSUN User ID and Password to log into myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center to enroll in classes, pay tuition and other fees, view personal checklists and alerts, update your mailing address and more. See activate your account.

    Check your CSUN email regularly for important notices about your enrollment and other student business. All students receive a CSUN Gmail account when they apply for admission.
  2. Clear holds that may prevent you from enrolling in classes. You must clear all registration holds before you can enroll. For instructions, see the guide View Holds.
  3. Make every unit count. Select classes with the degree planning tools. Review your Degree Planning Guide for your major, check completed and incomplete requirements with DPR (Degree Progress Report), and use interactive MAP (My Academic Planner) and My Plan to Graduate to plot future classes that meet degree requirements. Learn more at managing your degree progress.
  4. Get advised before you enroll. Make an appointment with an academic advisor in the College of your major to select your classes. Undecided and undeclared majors should schedule an appointment with the Advising Resource Center (ARC)/EOP.
  5. Plan alternate class schedules in case your first choices are closed or cancelled. To find other sections of the same class, use Class Search, available anytime. Learn more with the guide Class Search. Download a print-only schedule planning worksheet.

    You can wait list for closed classes during Nonrestrictive Registration and the first week of fall and spring instruction, but choose your units wisely. See the "Tips for Wait Listing" in the guide Wait List for Closed Classes.
  6. Organize your calendar. Note your enrollment appointment, registration periods, first and last day of instruction, fee payment deadlines, and other important dates. Registration dates are published in the Registration Calendar.
  7. Check for co-requisites when adding classes. Write down the class and section numbers of courses you need to take concurrently (e.g., lecture + lab). Course requirements display in Class Search under Class Notes and in the course description.

    To enroll in co-requisites successfully, you must place the co-requisite lecture and lab sections into your cart before you finish enrolling.
    Learn more at Add Co-requisite Classes.
  8. Obtain permission for restricted classes. Request a permission number from the instructor or department before attempting to enroll in a course that requires consent (restricted). See Add a Class Using a Permission Number.
  9. Plan your enrollment within the maximum unit load. Unit limits, which may vary by semester and registration period, are published at Academic Load Regulations. To exceed the limit, complete an Extra Unit Authorization form and request the associate dean's signature (see instructions on form). Return the approved Extra Unit Authorization form to Admissions and Records, where the extra units will be added when Nonrestrictive Registration begins.
  10. Manage your finances. Check your account balance each time you adjust your schedule. To avoid disenrollment, pay before the deadlines in the Fee Payment Schedule. Log into myNorthridge and click the Financial Matters tab > My Financial Obligations box > View Account Information. For help, see View My Student Account Information.