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Apply Returning to CSUN

A returning CSUN student is one who has completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN. 

Please find readmission information for returning undergraduate and graduate students below. 

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Returning in Good Academic Standing

  1. No additional admissions criteria are required.
  2. Apply online at CSUMentor before the filing deadline. Check the application filing status (open or closed) for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission in the Admissions Calendar.
  3. After you apply on Mentor, send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. (If you have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.)
  4. As soon as your work-in-progress is complete and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts. Official transcripts can be paper or electronic.  See How to Apply on this page. 

Disqualified in Last Semester at CSUN

Freshmen, Transfer Students and Second Bachelor's Students

As a previously disqualified student:

  • You may not reapply to an impacted major unless that was your major at the time of your disqualification.
  • You must demonstrate acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the University. Such evidence may include successful completion of courses in your degree program at another institution or through the Tseng College (extended learning) with grades that demonstrate the ability to achieve good standing in a reasonable time frame if you are readmitted to CSUN. You are strongly urged to meet with your CSUN academic advisor to discuss readmission requirements.

NEW!  Please note the new process and deadlines in the table below. Then review the eligibility requirements.

Semester of DisqualificationCSUMentor Application Required?Application DeadlinePreviously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2016YesNovember 30, 2016March 1, 2017
End of Fall 2016NoN/AMarch 1, 2017

To be considered for readmission, previously disqualified freshmen, transfer and second bachelor's students will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Complete the 4 basic subjects for CSU general education: Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication courses with a C or better.  (Students re-applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.)

2. Before you apply, contact the CSUN College of your major to determine their specific readmission criteria. After you apply, the College of your major and the Office of Undergraduate Studies will complete a review to determine your admissibility.

3. Determine whether or not you need to reapply at CSUMentor.

  • If disqualified prior to the fall 2016 semester: Apply online at CSUMentor before the application filing deadline published at Admissions Calendar.
  • If disqualified at the end of the fall 2016 semester: No CSUMentor application is required.

4. Complete the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (.pdf) and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. If possible, file the questionnaire at the time you apply on CSUMentor (if required - see table above) but no later than the deadline on the form.

  • Fall 2017: To be considered for readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before March 1, 2017.
  • Spring 2017: CSUN is not accepting applications for returning undergraduate students.

5. Submit official college transcripts of all course work taken after your last attendance at CSUN, including work-in-progress now. Official transcripts can be paper or electronic. See How to Apply below.

Graduate and Credential Students

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate and credential students will be determined by their respective graduate or credential programs. Read more at:

How to Apply

All returning undergraduate and graduate students, whether in good standing or previously disqualified, should reapply as follows:

  1. Apply online at CSUMentor before the filing deadline. Check the application filing status (open or closed) for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission in the Admissions Calendar.
  2. After you apply on Mentor, send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since your last enrollment at CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work-in-progress now.

    Official transcripts can be paper or electronic. Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred (and faster!) when we receive them through the eTranscript California system. Find special instructions and the lists of participating community colleges at eTranscript California.

    •  Please do not send us identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!

    •  Send preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts after you apply on Mentor. As soon as your work-in-progress is complete and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts.

    Note: If you are transferring course work from a California community college using electronic transcripts, follow the instructions for sending preliminary and final transcripts in List 2 at eTranscript California.

    If your California community college is in List 1 at eTranscript California, CSUN will request your e-transcripts for you. Please do not request duplicate transcripts.

    •  If your current college or university is your degree school, have the final official transcript sent when the degree has been posted. Your final transcript will be used to verify that all coursework and the degree you indicated as work in progress have been completed.

    •  If you attended CSUN before 1992 and submitted official transcripts for transfer courses at that time, you must submit new transfer course transcripts.

    •  If you are a returning student in good academic standing who has not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.

    Send all paper transcripts to:

    California State University, Northridge
    Admissions and Records
    18111 Nordhoff St.
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207

  3. Remit the $55 application fee by mail if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor. Eligible undergraduate students may apply for an application fee waiver (.pdf).

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your readmission process goes smoothly with these steps:

  1. Set up your CSUN account and email as instructed 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. (My Checklist is currently available to undergraduate students only.) 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 if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor. Undergraduate students only may be eligible for an application fee waiver (.pdf).
  5. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.

Remember, we want to communicate with you!

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Take a moment to 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.