International Admissions

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    International Admission at Cal State Northridge

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Admitted First-Time Freshman

Congratulations and welcome to California State University, Northridge!

Now that you've been admitted, there are still some important steps to take depending on whether you'll be coming to CSUN from inside or outside the United States.

Select your student group below to read the additional requirements for your situation:

First-Time Freshman from Inside the U.S.

Form I-20 and SEVIS Record

You will receive a preliminary letter of admission asking you to notify your high school advisor to transfer your SEVIS record to CSUN. About two or three business days after your prior school releases you in the SEVIS database, your I-20 will be available for you to pick up from our Office of International Admissions.

If you prefer that we hold your I-20 for a friend or family member to pick up, please let us know as soon as possible. If no one is available to pick up your I-20, you can mail or carry a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope to the Office of International Admissions. NOTE: We will not release your I-20 to any express mail companies without a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope.

Visa and Immigration Advisement

You will also receive instructions for your online mandatory immigration information session (referred to as "The Six Steps") together with your admission letter.

EPT and ELM Placement Tests

You will also receive test date information for the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM). Please take the placement tests at your earliest convenience at CSUN, another CSU or out of state.

If you cannot arrange an early test date, you must take these tests at CSU, Northridge on:

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 for Fall 2014
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 for Spring 2015

For earlier test dates and other locations, select EPT or ELM from the CSU, Northridge Testing Center test list.

Academic Advisement

Watch for an email from your departmental academic advisor directing you to set up an online appointment to enroll in classes. Course registration materials will be mailed to you, and your enrollment appointment will display online in myNorthridge under "My Checklist." However, you will not be able to register for classes until you have participated in online academic advisement with your department and your advisement holds have been lifted.  

For help with myNorthridge, see the following "How To Guides": 

First-Time Freshman from out of the U.S.

Soon you will receive a letter of admission, a welcome letter from the International and Exchange Student Center, a letter inviting you to take the mandatory English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM), and the Form I-20.

Please arrange an appointment at a local U.S. Embassy to secure your F-1 student visa. This can be a long process, so please make the appointment as soon as possible.

Registration materials will be mailed to you, and your enrollment appointment will display in myNorthridge Portal under "My Checklist." However, you cannot register for courses until:

  • you have participated in online advisement with your academic department,

--OR--

If possible, arrange an early test date to take the required English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Exam (ELM) in your locale. Email your request to csuout-of-state@ets.org

If you cannot arrange an early test date, you must take EPT and ELM at CSU, Northridge on:

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 for Fall 2014
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 for Spring 2015

To view earlier test dates, select EPT or ELM from the CSU, Northridge Testing Center test list.

You will receive an email from your departmental advisor directing you to set up an online appointment once registration begins. Upon arrival in the United States, please make an appointment with a representative from the International and Exchange Student Center.