A transfer student has earned regionally accredited college credits after the summer immediately following high school graduation.
You are an upper division transfer student if:
- You have met all the upper division transfer student eligibility requirements listed below. (If you have not met these requirements, please read the "lower division transfer student" section.)
You will transfer to CSUN with a verifiable Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) from a California community college in a major that CSUN has approved for transfer.
Through the STAR Act (SB 1440), if you earn an AA-T or an AS-T degree at a California community college and it is posted on your final official transcript, you’ll be able to complete a bachelor’s degree at CSUN in 60 more units as long as the major you're transferring is "deemed similar" to one at CSUN. Before you apply, make sure CSUN has approved your major for the Associate Degree for Transfer program at Choose a Degree.
Upper Division Transfer Student - Eligibility Requirements
Be sure to complete eligibility requirements within the following time frame for admission to:
- Spring 2015: Complete requirements by the end of the fall 2014 term. No winter 2015 course work will be considered for admission.
- Fall 2015: Complete all requirements by the end of the spring 2015 term. No summer 2015 course work will be considered for admission.
All upper division transfer students need to meet all the criteria listed below:
- Have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better;
- Be in good standing at the last college or university attended;
- Have completed the CSU General Education Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking and Speech Communication courses with a C or better*; and
- Submit all official college transcripts, including work now in progress, to Admissions and Records.
*Students applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.
How to Apply
- Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the CSUN Admissions Calendar.
- Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. All transfer students must declare a major when applying. "Undecided" is not available.
- You must apply for admission to an impacted major before the end of the initial application filing period. The following CSUN business majors are currently impacted: Accountancy, Business Administration - Insurance and Financial Services option, and Finance. Read more about these majors at Undergraduate Programs in Business. If the major is impacted, select the related "pre-major.
- Complete the application:
Spring 2015: Download, print and complete by hand the paper CSU Undergraduate Application for Admission (.pdf). Please print clearly.
Fall 2015: File an online application through CSUMentor during the initial filing period, which ends November 30, 2014.
Send the $55 application fee, or request an application fee waiver using the appropriate form:
Spring 2015 (paper form only): Application Fee Waiver 2014-2015 (.pdf)
Fall 2015 (if you did not request a waiver on CSUMentor): Application Fee Waiver 2015-2016 (.pdf)
- For Spring 2015, enclose the following items with your paper PDF application to expedite the application process:
- STAR Act (SB 1440) applicants must submit with their application a verification from their California community college indicating that they are working on, or have earned, an AA-T/AS-T degree in a major approved by CSUN for transfer.
- $55 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order only), or the completed request for an application fee waiver for 2014-2015 (.pdf).
- Official preliminary (work-in-progress) transcripts or final transcripts (see below).
For Spring 2015, submit the completed paper PDF application and enclosures for our receipt no later than September 2, 2014, to:
CSUN - Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
After You Apply
After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions process goes smoothly with these steps:
- 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.
- 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.
- Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge ("My Announcements").
- Send us your official transcripts (see below).
- STAR Act students must mail or hand deliver a verification from their California community college indicating that they are working on, or have earned, an AA-T/AS-T degree in a major approved by CSUN for transfer. If your course work is in-progress, ask your community college to provide you with a verification letter. Applicants must then send CSUN final official transcripts with the AA-T or AS-T degree posted.
- If you are admitted, you will need to file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than the following dates:
Spring 2015: Monday, December 1, 2014. No deposit is required. See Admitted to CSUN.
Fall 2015: Wednesday, July 1, 2015. See Admitted to CSUN.
Send Us Your Transcripts
Your official transcripts are needed to determine your admission eligibility. If possible with your paper application, send us official transcripts for all of the following:
- All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended even if the course work was not completed
- All college courses in which you are currently enrolled (these are your preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts)
- Your final transcripts for work-in-progress as soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted
All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes) even if you enclose them with your application. If enclosing them is not possible, ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us. In some cases, transcripts may be sent to CSUN electronically. Check with your school.
Official transcripts showing completion of 60 units and the 4 basic subjects must be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions and Records by the following due dates:
- Spring 2015: Monday, January 16, 2015.
- Fall 2015: Friday, August 21, 2015
STAR Act students with a verifiable AA-T/AS-T will be admitted only when CSUN receives official transcripts showing 60 transferable graded units, a minimum GPA of 2.00 or better, and the 4 basic subject requirements.
Send official transcripts to:
CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
Application and Document Deadlines
|Task or Document||Spring 2015||Fall 2015|
|Last day for CSUN to receive the application for admission||9/2/2014 |
|11/30/2014 (CSUMentor online)|
|Send verification from your community college that you are working on, or have earned, an AA-T or AS-T degree (if applicable)*||9/2/2014|
(include with paper application packet)
|As soon as possible|
|Send official college transcripts for completed work and work-in-progress (preliminary transcripts)||With your paper application if possible||As soon as possible|
|Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge**||12/1/2014||7/1/2015|
|Send final college transcripts showing completion of 60 units and the 4 basic subjects||1/16/2015||8/21/2015|
*Verification can be in the form of a standard document or letter from your California Community College confirming your degree status. Paper verification of your AA-T or AS-T degree is not required if your California community college has entered your record in a CSUN-accessible electronic system.
**If you are admitted after the following dates, you will have 14 days from your admission date to file your Intent to Register for classes:
- Spring 2015: if admitted after November 17, 2014
- Fall 2015: if admitted after June 17, 2015