Veteran's Affairs

  • CSUN Office of Veterans Affairs

Applicants

When you apply for admission to California State University, Northridge (CSUN) as a student veteran, the CSUN Office of Veterans Affairs will review your documents and assist you with the admissions process. We welcome your questions at any time—before, during and after—your application process.

If you haven't yet applied for VA education benefits but plan to use them, visit our Student Veteran or Veteran's Dependent pages. Also see the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training "Get Started Home" page, or call toll free 1-888-442-4551.

Veteran's Dependents

For admission criteria and important deadlines, select your student group (first-time freshman, transfer student, etc.) from the list at general CSUN applicants.

Student Veterans 

Select your student group from the list below.

Undergraduate Student

FALL 2016 IMPACTION

Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) campus is impacted for first-time freshmen and first-time transfer students. In addition, seven undergraduate majors are impacted. Graduate applicants are not affected by impaction.

Two kinds of impaction are in effect at CSUN. Depending on their location and desired major, some applicants will need to meet the supplementary criteria for both kinds of impaction:

  1. Campus Impaction: All undergraduate applicants—first-time freshmen and transfer applicants—must meet the minimum standard CSU admission criteria. Additionally, applicants outside of the CSUN-defined "local admission area" must also meet the higher supplementary admission criteria for their geographical location, described at Impaction Information. Student veterans may be exempt from the CSUN campus impaction criteria.
  2. Impacted Majors: All freshman and transfer applicants who are California residents, regardless of location, and who are applying to an impacted major, must also meet the supplementary criteria for that major. Student veterans must also meet the impacted majors criteria.

Both kinds of supplementary impaction criteria are described at Freshman Impaction and Transfer Impaction. To understand how impaction affects you as an undergraduate veteran applicant, please contact us.

Are You an Undergraduate Applicant?

An undergraduate student has not yet earned a first bachelor's degree. Undergraduates include first-freshmen who may have never earned college credit as well as transfer students who've already taken college courses.

Wherever you are in your undergraduate career, our team of veterans coordinators will assist you with the process of CSUN admission and the certification of your VA educational benefits. Contact us in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office, Bayramian Hall 150, (818) 677-5928 or email .

Explore CSUN majors and options.

Admissions Criteria

1. As a student veteran, you should determine your undergraduate class level based on the number of transferable college credits you have already completed:

  • You are a first-time freshman if you have earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation.
  • You are a lower-division transfer student if you have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester units of college credit (90 quarter units) after the summer immediately following high school graduation.
  • You are an upper-division transfer student if you have completed at least 60 semester units (90 quarter units), including the CSU General Education Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking and Speech Communication course requirements.  

2. Then review the admissions criteria for your class level at the links above. If you won't be able to meet these requirements and deadlines, please contact us for assistance in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office at (818) 677-5928 or email .

How to Apply

1. Complete the appropriate CSU application for the semester of your desired admission. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the application.

  • For Fall 2016 admission, apply online in CSUMentor. If Mentor is closed but Veterans admission is still open, request application instructions by emailing veteransmail@csun.edu.
  • For Spring 2017 admission: Request application instructions by emailing veteransmail@csun.edu.

2. Provide us with the documents listed below in electronic or paper form. All applicants to any semester are encouraged to upload the documents that make them eligible for local VA education benefits certification online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal.

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order only), or the completed request for:
  • Official high school transcripts if you have earned fewer than 60 college semester units*
  • SAT or ACT test scores if you have earned fewer than 60 college semester units. If you have recently taken SAT or ACT and arranged for CSUN to receive your scores, they will be sent to us electronically.
  • CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) military transcripts
  • Official preliminary (work-in-progress) and final transcripts for all college course work*
  • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge. Even if you do not plan to claim VA educational benefits, submit this form to qualify for priority registration.**
  • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA benefits**

*All transcripts must be "official": we must receive them in sealed, unopened envelopes. Save time and money! If you are transferring course work from a California community college, please see the instructions for electronic transcripts at eTranscript California.

**Submit the DD-214 and COE online through the Veteran Educational Benefit Certification link in myNorthridge.

3. Send paper documents (transcripts, items listed in #2 above, other admissions documents) to:

CSUN - Admissions and Records
Attention: Veterans Affairs Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA  91330-8207

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your admissions process goes smoothly:

  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. Learn more at My (Admissions) Checklist.
  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 (see above).
  5. If you are admitted, file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than the deadline for first-time freshmen or transfer students. See Admitted to CSUN.
  6. If you have applied for VA Educational Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.

Remember, we want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Graduate Student

Graduate students include those pursuing a master's or doctoral degree . California State University, Northridge (CSUN) offers 84 master's degree options and three doctorate options. Explore CSUN graduate degree programs.

Two Application Processes

  • Applicants to master's and doctoral programs must typically apply to both the university and the academic department. Many departments have higher admission standards than the university admission criteria and require a separate departmental application.
  • While most graduate programs continue accepting applications after the initial filing period, individual programs may have earlier filing deadlines than the university deadlines, or they may accept applications only for fall (not spring) admission. 

For individual program filing requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest at Graduate Programs.

Admissions Criteria - Master's Degree Programs

Applicants are considered for admission to CSUN when they meet both university and individual department eligibility requirements. To be considered for admission to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet the following university requirements (items A–C below) and department requirements (item D below):

A. Have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution; and

B. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; and

C. Have satisfied one of the following conditions:

  1. Have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted; or,
  2. Have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation; or,
  3. Hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and:
    • Have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, or
    • Have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended.

D. Meet the higher admission standards of the individual master's program even when the applicant has met the minimum university requirements (items A–C above). The applications of students who meet the university requirements for admission and who desire admission to a master's program will be reviewed in the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether or not the student meets requirements for admission to its program. Visit the website for the department of interest to review the professional, personal, scholastic and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations or other screening processes as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. 

MANY DEPARTMENTS REQUIRE A SEPARATE DEPARTMENTAL APPLICATION. For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed at Graduate Programs.

Classified Status

Students who meet both departmental and university requirements will be admitted as either conditionally classified or classified graduate students. Conditionally classified or classified graduate students may enroll in 500- and 600-level courses although in some programs enrollment is limited to the classified student. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction identified to them by the department graduate coordinator and described in the current University Catalog for individual master's degree options and doctorate options.

Admissions Criteria - Doctoral Programs

To apply to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing admission eligibility requirements on the individual program website. Complete the online application in CSUMentor only after you have been accepted to the doctoral program.

How to Apply

All graduate applicants should apply as follows:

1. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the CSUN Admissions Calendar.

2. Then take the next step for your applicant group:

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions 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 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order only) if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.

5.  If the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by your graduate program, have your GRE test score sent to the ETS code for CSUN: 4707.

6.  If you have applied for VA Educational Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.

7.  Submit the documents that make you eligible for local VA Education Benefits online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal, including:

  • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge.
    Even if you do not plan to claim VA educational benefits, submit this form online to qualify for priority registration.
  • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA benefits

8.  Send us your official transcripts (see below). 

Send Us Your Transcripts

Soon after you apply to CSUN, send us official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. Your CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) transcripts
  2. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended
  3. Preliminary transcripts for work-in-progress if you are in the final term of earning a degree. Follow up by sending your final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and your grades and degree are posted.

Find out if you also need to provide a duplicate set of official transcripts to the individual graduate program/department.

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). 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 previous institution.

Send official transcripts to:

CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
Attention: Veterans Affairs Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Finally, we want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Second Bachelor’s Student

A post-baccalaureate student who holds a recognized bachelor's degree from an accredited institution may pursue a program leading to a second bachelor's degree in approved majors. The major cannot be the same as the previously awarded degree. All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a graduate program better meets their needs.

Approved Majors

Second BA or BS applications are strictly limited at this time.

Admissions Criteria

A second bachelor's degree applicant is admitted to CSUN as a graduate student and must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted; and
  2. the applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation; and
  3. the applicant holds an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution.

How to Apply

  1. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) at Admissions Calendar.
  2. Submit a graduate application online through CSUMentor.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions 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 if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.
  5. Send us your official transcripts (see below), including CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) transcripts.
  6. If you have applied for VA Educational Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.
  7. Submit the documents that make you eligible for local VA Education Benefits online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal, including:
    • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge
      Even if you do not plan to claim VA education benefits, submit this form to qualify for priority registration.
    • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA Benefits

Send Us Your Transcripts

Soon after you apply to CSUN, send us official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended
  2. Preliminary transcripts for work-in-progress if you are in the final term of earning a degree. Follow up by sending your final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and your grades and degree are posted.

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). 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 previous institution.

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

Finally, we want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Credential Student

Applicants to a CSUN credential program are considered for admission as post-baccalaureate classified students. Students interested in earning a credential should review the eligibility requirements below, the University Catalog Credential Programs section and the Credential Office website.

To be admitted to CSUN as a credential student, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Have at least a 2.5 grade point average in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in this calculation. Lower-division courses or courses taken in extension (except in concurrent enrollment at CSUN in the Upper-Division), after obtaining the bachelor's degree, will be EXCLUDED from the calculation.

How to Apply

  1. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the Admissions Calendar.
  2. Submit an online application to the University as a graduate student through CSUMentor.
  3. You must also complete a "Credential Application." For guidelines, visit the Credential Office website.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions 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 if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.
  5. Send us your official transcripts (see below). Also send us your CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) and DD 214 transcripts and documents.
  6. If you have applied for VA Educational Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.
  7. Submit the documents that make you eligible for local VA Education Benefits online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal, including:

    • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge
      Even if you do not plan to claim VA educational benefits, submit this form to qualify for priority registration.
    • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA benefits

Send Us Your Transcripts

Soon after you apply to CSUN, send us official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended
  2. Preliminary transcripts for work-in-progress if you are in the final term of earning a degree. Follow up by sending your final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and your grades and degree are posted.

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). 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 previous institution.

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

Finally, we want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Returning Student - Undergraduate

A returning CSUN 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.

Returning students include undergraduate, graduate, credential, or second bachelor's degree applicants. Whatever your situation, our team of veterans coordinators will assist you with the process of CSUN readmission and the certification of your VA Educational Benefits. Contact us in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office, Bayramian Hall 150, phone (818) 677-5928 or email  .

Admissions Criteria

The readmission criteria for returning undergraduate students are outlined below.

Returning in Good Academic Standing

The following information is for returning undergraduates in good standing:

1. No additional admissions criteria are required.

2. Complete the appropriate CSU application for the semester of your desired admission. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the application.

  • For Fall 2016 admission, apply online in CSUMentor. If Mentor is closed but Veterans admission is still open, request application instructions by emailing veteransmail@csun.edu.
  • For Spring 2017 admission: Request application instructions by emailing veteransmail@csun.edu.

3. Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN. Send preliminary transcripts for any work-in-progress and follow up with final transcripts when you complete the course(s) and your grades are posted.

  • Save time and money! If you are transferring course work from a California community college, please see the instructions at eTranscript California.
  • If you have not taken courses elsewhere, no transcripts are required. 

4. See “How to Apply” below.

Disqualified in Last Semester at CSUN

Freshmen, Transfer Students and Second Bachelor's Students

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.

SPRING 2017 ADMISSION: To Be Announced (TBA) for previously disqualified undergraduate students.

FALL 2016 ADMISSION:  Please note the new process and deadlines in the following table. Then review the eligibility requirements below.

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 & 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. Follow up with final transcripts when you complete the course(s) and your grades are posted.  

Save time and money! If you are transferring course work from a California community college, please see the instructions at eTranscript California.

6. See "How to Apply" below.

How to Apply

1.  Check the application filing status (open or closed) for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission at Admissions Calendar.

2.  Complete the appropriate CSU application for the semester of your desired admission. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the application.

  • For Fall 2016 admission, apply online in CSUMentor.  If Mentor is closed but Veterans admission is still open, request application instructions by emailing veteransmail@csun.edu.
  • For Spring 2017 admission: TBA.

3.  Provide us with the documents listed below in electronic or paper form. All applicants are encouraged to upload the documents that make them eligible for local VA education benefits certification online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal.

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order only), or the completed request for:
  • Official high school transcripts if you have earned fewer than 60 college semester units*
  • SAT or ACT test scores if you have earned fewer than 60 college semester units. If you have recently taken SAT or ACT and arranged for CSUN to receive your scores, they will be sent to us electronically.
  • CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) military transcripts
  • Official preliminary (work-in-progress) and final transcripts for all college course work*
  • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge. Even if you do not plan to claim VA educational benefits, submit this form to qualify for priority registration.**
  • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA benefits**

*All transcripts must be official: we must receive them in sealed, unopened envelopes from the school, or electronically. If you are transferring course work from a California community college participating in eTranscript California, CSUN will receive, and can evaluate, your e-transcripts quickly. Please see the instructions at eTranscript California.

**Submit online through the Veteran Educational Benefit Certification link in myNorthridge.

4.  Send paper documents (transcripts, items listed in #2 above, and other admission documents) to:

CSUN - Admissions and Records
Attention: Veterans Affairs Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your readmission process goes smoothly with these steps:

  1. Set up your CSUN account and email as instructed 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. (My Checklist is currently available to undergraduate students only.) 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 (see above).
  5. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.
  6. If you have applied for VA Education Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.

Remember, we want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

 

Returning Student - Graduate

returning CSUN 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.

Returning students include undergraduate, graduate, credential, or second bachelor's degree applicants. Whatever your situation, our team of veterans coordinators will assist you with the process of CSUN readmission and the certification of your VA Educational Benefits. Contact us in the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office, Bayramian Hall 150, phone (818) 677-5928 or email veteransmail@csun.edu.

Admissions Criteria

The readmission criteria for returning graduate students are outlined below.

Returning in Good Academic Standing

  1. No additional admissions criteria are required.
  2. During the fall semester application filing period, apply online at CSUMentor before the deadline. 
  3. After you apply on Mentor, send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN. Send preliminary transcripts for any work-in-progress and follow up with final transcripts when you complete the course(s) and your grades are posted. If you have not taken courses elsewhere, no transcripts are required. 
  4. See “How to Apply” below.

Disqualified in Last Semester at CSUN

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate and credential students will be determined by their respective graduate or credential programs. Read more at:

How to Apply

All returning graduate students, whether in good standing or previously disqualified, should do the following to apply for readmission:

1.  Apply online at CSUMentor before the deadline. Check the application filing status (open or closed) for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission at Admissions Calendar.

2.  After you apply on Mentor, send us your official transcripts for all of the following:

  • Your military transcripts: CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) and DD 214 transcripts and documents.
  • Final transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since your last enrollment at CSUN.
  • Preliminary transcripts for any work-in-progress. As soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts.
  • If your current college or university is your degree school, have the final transcript sent when the degree is posted. 
  • If you attended CSUN before 1992 and submitted official transcripts for transfer courses at that time, you must submit new transfer course transcripts.
  • If you are a returning student in good academic standing who has not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.
  • All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). 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 previous school.

Send all transcripts to:
CSUN - Admissions and Records
Attention: Veterans Affairs Office
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your readmission process goes smoothly with these steps:

  1. Set up your CSUN account and email as instructed 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. (My Checklist is currently available to undergraduate students only.) 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 if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.
  5. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.
  6. If you have applied for VA Educational Benefits, confirm with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that your request has been approved. Check your enrollment status at www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551. Your "Certificate of Eligibility" letter will indicate the percentage of benefits you have been awarded.
  7. Submit the documents that make you eligible for local VA Education Benefits online through the "For Veterans" box in myNorthridge Portal, including:

    • DD Form 214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge
      Even if you do not plan to claim VA educational benefits, submit this form online to qualify for priority registration.
    • COE (Certificate of Eligibility) for VA benefits

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