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Apply Lower Division Transfer Student

NOTE: Due to increased enrollment demands, Cal State Northridge does not currently admit lower-division transfer applicants. No exceptions are anticipated at this time. However, if future exceptions are made, lower-division transfer applicants may need to meet the eligibility requirements listed below.  For exceptions and updates, please check the Admissions Calendar.

A transfer student has earned regionally accredited college credits after the summer immediately following high school graduation. A lower division transfer student has completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units).

Lower Division Transfer Student - Eligibility Requirements

All lower division transfer students majoring in an exception need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable college units; 
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended; 
  • Have completed the CSU General Education Writing and Mathematics courses with a C or better (or be exempt from the EPT and ELM placement tests); and 
  • Meet the admission requirements for first-time freshmen.

How to Apply

A.  Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the CSUN Admissions Calendar.

B.  Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. All transfers must declare a major when applying. "Undecided" is not available.

C.  If you choose an impacted major, be sure to apply before the end of the initial filing period.

For Fall 2016-Spring 2017, the following eight (8) majors are impacted:

  • Four (4) impacted business majors admit applicants only to the pre-major program based on their GPA:

1. Business - Accountancy
2. Business - Finance / Financial Analysis
3. Business - Finance / Financial Planning
4. Business - Finance / Insurance

  • The following three (3) impacted majors admit applicants directly to the major program based on their GPA:

5. Cinema and Television Arts
6. Kinesiology
7. Psychology

  • Applicants to the following impacted major are required to pass an audition:

8. Music - See Audition & Placement.

D.  File an application for admission online through CSU Mentor.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions process go smoothly with these steps:

  1. Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the "activate your CSUN user ID and password" letter you received from Admissions and Records. See account activation instructions.
  2. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your Incomplete Tasks such as missing transcripts. For help with the portal, see the How To Guides.
  3. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge (My Announcements).
  4. Send the $55 application fee, or request an Application Fee Waiver 2016-2017 (.pdf) if you did not already request the waiver in CSUMentor.
  5. Send us your test scores and official transcripts (see below).

Send Test Scores and Transcripts

CSUN uses your official test scores and transcripts to determine your eligibility for admission. To avoid delays, please send us test scores and transcripts as soon as they become available.

Test Scores

Arrange for CSUN to receive your test scores for:

  1. SAT or ACT test(s)
  2. Advanced Placement (AP) exams if applicable


Send official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended even if the course work was not completed
  2. All college courses in which you are currently enrolled (These are your preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts.)*
  3. Your final transcripts for work-in-progress as soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted*
  4. Official high school transcripts with graduation date

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.

*If you attended a California community college, CSUN might be able to request your transcripts electronically. Save time and money! Find out if your community college participates in eTranscript California.

Send official transcripts to: 

CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street 
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Transcript Deadlines

Official transcripts of all college courses including work-in-progress must be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions and Records by the following due date:

  • Fall 2016: Not open for admission to lower division transfer students
  • Spring 2017: Not open for admission to lower division transfer students

Update Your Contact Information

We want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission was denied or your offer of provisional admission has been withdrawn, see Admission and Deadline Appeals.