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Apply Returning to CSUN

Important Note

Starting June 1, 2017, Fall 2017 University applications for approved graduate programs must be submitted on paper.  For Spring 2018 admissions, please review this page and apply online at Cal State Apply.


  • CSUN will accept applications for Spring 2018 admissions from returning graduate students only. Keep reading this page for readmission requirements.
  • Returning undergraduate students may apply for Fall 2018 admission starting October 1, 2017. Please check back later for more information.

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. 

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Returning in Good Academic Standing

  1. No additional admissions criteria are required.
  2. Apply for admission before the filing deadline published in the Admissions Calendar for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission.
  3. 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

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Previously Disqualified Freshman, Transfer 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 DisqualificationUniversity 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 to the university.

  • If disqualified prior to the fall 2016 semester: Apply to the university before the application filing deadline published at Admissions Calendar.
  • If disqualified at the end of the fall 2016 semester: No university 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 to the university (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.

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

Only approved graduate and teaching credential applications for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are currently accepted.

1.  Review 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.  Complete the CSU university GRADUATE application for the semester of desired admission:

  • Fall 2017:  Starting June 1, 2017: Download and complete the university paper CSU 2017-2018 Graduate Application (.pdf). To expedite processing, please note the 7-character CSUN degree/major code for the desired program in the Admissions Calendar "Graduate" row. Write this number in Part A6, Section G, and Part B of the paper CSU application.
  • Spring 2018: Starting August 1, 2017: Complete the online application at Cal State Apply.

Have important documents (grades, transcripts if any, test scores) handy to complete the application.

3.  Before submitting your university application, identify any additional departmental admission requirements:

4.  Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee for the semester of desired admission:

  • Fall 2017: Enclose the $55 fee (check or money order only, payable to The California State University) with you paper application packet.
  • Spring 2018: The $55 fee must be paid online in Cal State Apply to submit the application.

5.  Review Send Us Your Transcripts below.

6.  For Fall 2017 admission only: To expedite processing, enclose the paper university application, official transcripts, test scores, and $55 application fee together in one packet.  Deliver documents by mail or in person as follows:

  • Credential programs and other graduate programs in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, submit your paper application packet to Admissions and Records:
  • Applicants to a graduate program outside the College of Education, submit your paper application packet to your specific department with “Attention” to the Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator:
    • By mail:
      CSUN – "Specific Department"
      Attention: "Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator"
      18111 Nordhoff Street
      Northridge, CA 91330-_ _ _ _ [Please look up ZIP+4 code on the department's home page.]
    • In Person:
      Check with your specific department. [Helpful: Visiting CSUN ]

7.  For Spring 2018 admission: Send us the your official transcripts to:

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

Send Us Your Transcripts


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. If submitting a paper application packet, enclose official transcripts in sealed, unopened envelopes.

Transcript Tips

  • Send preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts with your paper application packet. 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. Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred and faster! For details please see eTranscript California.  NOTE: Please do not send us identical, duplicate paper and electronic 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 course work 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 paper transcripts to the appropriate address listed in How to Apply above.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and your CSUN email. Watch for a communication sent to you from Admissions and Records after we receive your University Application.
  • If you applied before January 20, 2017, you should receive an "activate your CSUN user ID and password" letter from Admissions and Records about 2 to 4 weeks after you applied. 
  • If you apply after January 23, 2017, you will receive an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email sent to the inbox you provided on your admission application. You will receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply (longer for Fall 2017 paper applications).
  • For help, see account activation instructions.
  1. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts. For help, see the How To Guides.
  2. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge ("My Announcements").
  3. Send the $55 application fee if you haven't already done so.
  4. 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.