International Admissions

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Apply Returning CSUN Student

A returning CSUN international 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.

This page includes readmission information for returning international students seeking a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree.

Returning in Good Academic Standing

No additional admissions criteria are required. However, you’ll need to meet the international admissions criteria below.

Disqualified in Last Semester at CSUN

As a previously disqualified student, 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 DisqualificationCSUMentor Application Required?Application DeadlinePreviously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2015YesNovember 30, 2015March 1, 2016
End of Fall 2015NoN/AMarch 1, 2016

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 at CSUMentor:

  • If disqualified prior to the fall 2015 semester: Apply online at CSUMentor before the application filing deadline published at Admissions Calendar.
  • If disqualified at the end of the fall 2015 semester: No CSUMentor 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 on CSUMentor (if required - see table above) but no later than the deadline on the form. To be considered for Fall 2016 readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before March 1, 2016.

5. Submit official college transcripts of all course work taken after your last attendance at CSUN, including work-in-progress now.

Graduate Students

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate/master’s students will be determined by their individual graduate program. Read more at:

Graduate students must also meet the international admission criteria below.

International Admissions Criteria

International applicants to CSUN are required to submit the following:

  1. Complete the “International Online Application” at CSUMentor. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections.
  2. A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee payable to CSUN must accompany your application.
  3. Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. Both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement may be emailed to your International Admissions advisor.
  4. After you apply on CSUMentor, send us your OFFICIAL transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN. Also send preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. (No transcripts are required for returning students in good academic standing who have not taken courses elsewhere since their last attendance at CSUN.) 

Send OFFICIAL transcripts directly to:

California State University, Northridge
Attention: International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, check your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts.

  • Seeking First or Second Bachelor’s Degree: You will be notified by the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university.
  • Seeking Master’s Degree: As soon as the graduate department has notified us in the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility, we will notify you.

If you are readmitted, you'll need to take some additional steps. Read more at Admitted International Students.