Admissions and Records

  • Admissions and Records banner with word cloud.

Apply Upper Division Transfer Student


CSUN impaction criteria have significantly changed for Fall 2016 admissions. The local admission area has been revised and several individual majors have added supplementary admission criteria. For an overview, please see Impaction.

All first-time transfer applicants must meet the minimum standard CSU admission criteria described on this page. Non-local area applicants must also meet the higher supplementary admission criteria for their geographical location. If you are a California resident, regardless of location, who is applying to an impacted major, you must also meet the supplementary criteria for that major. Both kinds of supplementary criteria are described at Transfer Impaction.

Are you an upper-division transfer student?

A transfer student has earned regionally accredited college credits after the summer immediately following high school graduation, but has not yet completed a bachelor's degree. You are an upper-division transfer student if:

  1. You have completed at least 60 transferable units and will meet all the standard, upper-division transfer eligibility requirements listed below.

  2. 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, 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.

CSUN is currently not accepting lower-division transfer applications.

Upper Division Transfer - Standard Requirements

Complete the eligibility requirements within the following time frame for admission to:

  • Spring 2016 - Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) and nonresident applicants only: Complete all requirements by the end of the fall 2015 term.
  • Fall 2016: Complete all requirements by the end of the spring 2016 term. No summer 2016 course work will be considered for admission.

All upper division transfer students need to meet the minimum 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*; and
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session;
  • 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. See Send  Us Your Transcripts below.

*A higher GPA is required for non-local-area applicants from California.

**Students applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.

How to Apply

  1. Apply on CSUMentor during the initial filing period. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the Admissions Calendar.
  2. Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. Declare a major when applying; "undecided" is not available.
  3. If your desired major is impacted and you are a California applicant, you will need to meet the supplementary admission criteria for that major. Because admission is competitive, you should also apply to an alternate campus that offers your desired major. Read more at impacted majors.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admission 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" if you did not request one on CSUMentor:
    – Spring 2016 (AA-T/AS-T and nonresident applicants only): 2015-2016 application fee waiver (.pdf)
    – Fall 2016: 2016-2017 application fee waiver (.pdf) 
  5. Send us your official transcripts (see below).
  6. If you are admitted, you will need to file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than the following dates:
    • Spring 2016 - (AA-T/AS-T and nonresident applicants only): Tuesday, December 1, 2015. No deposit required.
    • Fall 2016: Wednesday, July 1, 2016. No deposit required. See also Admitted to CSUN.

    Send Us Your Transcripts

    Your official transcripts are needed to determine your admission eligibility. After you apply for admission, send us 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

    All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official:

    • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.
    • Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred (and faster!) when we receive them through the eTranscript California system. Find instructions and the lists of participating community colleges at eTranscript California.
    • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper or electronic transcripts!

    Transcript Deadlines

    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 2016 (AA-T/AS-T and nonresident applicants only): Friday, January 15, 2016
    • Fall 2016: To Be Announced (TBA)

    STAR Act students with a verifiable Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) will be admitted only when CSUN receives official transcripts showing 60 transferable graded units, a minimum GPA of 2.00 or better, completion of the 4 basic subject requirements, and the AA-T or AS-T degree posted. All course work must be completed by the end of the fall 2015 term.

    Send official transcripts to: 
    CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207

    Application and Document Deadlines

    Task or DocumentSpring 2016*Fall 2016
    Last day for CSUN to receive the application for admission8/31/201511/30/2015
    Send official college transcripts for completed work and work-in-progress (preliminary transcripts)**As soon as possible after applying**As soon as possible after applying**
    Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge***12/1/20157/1/2016
    Send final college transcripts showing completion of 60 units, the 4 basic subjects, and the AA-T/AS-T degree (if applicable)1/15/2016TBA

    *Spring 2016 deadlines apply to AA-T/AS-T and nonresident applicants only.

    **See the note about when to request electronic transcripts if you are transferring course work from any of the California community colleges in List 2 at eTranscript California.

    ***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 2016 (AA-T/AS-T and nonresident applicants only): if admitted after November 17, 2015
    • Fall 2016: if admitted after June 17, 2016

    Admission Appeals

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