Admissions and Records

Before You Register

Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is essential to increase your opportunity to succeed academically and progress steadily toward your degree objective. Regular advisement will help you to:

  1. Transition smoothly from your previous school to Cal State Northridge
  2. Avoid pitfalls that can create obstacles in your student career
  3. Save time and money by selecting the courses you need at the right time
  4. Take all the necessary steps that will lead to a timely graduation

Advisement is required for:

  • All first-time freshmen, starting with their initial enrollment at CSUN and continuing each semester until the completion of "GE Basic Skills" (see the current University Catalog and Basic Skills Policy (.pdf)).
  • Each semester for students in some majors
  • Students on academic probation
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students in some majors
  • Incoming international students in their first semester
  • Student athletes
  • AA-T and AS-T (STAR Act) students

Where to get advisement:

Schedule an advising appointment with an advisor:

Prepare for advisement with a checklist:

Degree Planning Tools

Choose classes wisely and graduate in good time with the degree planning tools. Use them to track your progress, select courses that meet major requirements, and plan future class schedules to reach your degree objective.

In addition to the Degree Progress Report (DPR), your degree planning tools include:

Contact your academic advisor for assistance.

Department Exams

The Math Placement Test (MPT) or the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is required to enroll in certain lower division Math or Chemistry courses. However, you cannot take MPT or CPT until you pass the Entry Level Math (ELM) placement test or you are exempt.

For more information, select CPT, MPT or ELM from the CSUN Testing Center page On-Campus Exams.

Registration Holds

A registration hold blocks registration in classes until you have resolved the issue causing the hold. The “milestone" holds listed below can be avoided by meeting with your advisor and developing a plan to your degree.  For instructions to view holds, see the How To Guide View Holds

Freshman Advisement

All freshmen will have an advisement hold and need to register for classes with their academic advisor. The advisement hold continues each semester until the student completes General Education (GE) Basic Skills. Students must complete GE Basic Skills within their first 60 units. Learn more at GE Basic Skills and Basic Skills Policy (.pdf).

Complete Developmental Courses in First Year (CSU Executive Order 665)

Freshmen who do not complete their developmental math and writing courses in their first two semesters will need to “stop out” and complete the required General Education writing and/or intermediate algebra course at a community college before returning to CSUN. All community college courses taken must be identified by CSUN as transferable. To check whether or not a specific California Community College course can be transferred to CSUN, go to www.assist.org.

International Student Advisement

All incoming international students will have an advisement hold for their first semester at CSUN and will need to register for classes with assistance from a designated academic advisor. In subsequent semesters some majors may require academic advisement.  If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have an advisement hold that will only be cleared when you meet with your academic advisor.

Transfer Student Major Advisement

CSUN policies will differ from those of your previous institution, so academic advisement is strongly encouraged for all transfer students. Some majors require it. If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have an advisement hold that will be cleared only when you meet with your advisor.

Immunization Requirements: Measles and Hepatitis B

By direction of the Chancellor, immunization for or immunity to Measles/Rubella is required during their first semester for all students born after January 1, 1957. Immunization for or immunity to Hepatitis B is required for all entering CSUN students age 18 or younger before they complete their second semester. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots and takes six months to complete. To view immunization requirements, the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see Klotz Student Health Center.

Declare Major by 60 Units

Students are expected to declare their major by the conclusion of the semester in which they complete 45 units. Students must declare their major by the conclusion of the semester in which they complete 60 units. (Transfer students must declare a major in their transfer application.)

Students who have not declared their major and have completed 60 units will not be able to register until they obtain academic advisement at the Advising Resource Center/EOP.

Please note that there are limits to the total number of units you can earn toward a double major, a major and a minor, or double minors. Learn more at Major and Minor Policy.

Apply for Graduation at 90 Units

Undergraduate students must apply for graduation when they have earned 90 units. Students are required to make an academic plan and file for graduation before reaching 130 units, or they will not be able to enroll in classes for the following semester.

All coursework for majors and minors combined shall be completed within 140 units. Students who have accumulated over 140 earned units may be graduated administratively if they have completed all degree requirements in any major, whether or not they have declared that major.

Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)

For Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) information including policy, test dates, online registration and preparation resources, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students need to take the UDWPE no later than the semester in which they complete 75 units. Students who do not take the test by the completion of 75 units will have a registration hold placed on their future registration.

Undergraduate students who have an UDWPE registration hold and wish to appeal the policy for their situation may complete the paper Appeal for Extension of Time to Satisfy UDWPE Requirement (.pdf) or the online UDWPE Policy Appeal Web Form.

Graduate Students

Graduate students must satisfy the UDWPE requirement in order to attain classified status and before completing 12 units in their formal program unless they previously passed the UDWPE as an undergraduate. Also see Graduate Policies.