Veteran's Affairs

  • CSUN Office of Veterans Affairs

Applicants

Important Note

Effective August 1, 2017, apply for admission online using Cal State Apply.

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.

Veterans' 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

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .

Impaction

Though California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is impacted for first-time undergraduate applicants, student veterans are EXEMPT from both kinds of impaction (local admission area and impacted major requirements).

Are You an Undergraduate Applicant?

An undergraduate student has not yet earned a first bachelor's degree. Undergraduates can be first-time freshmen who've 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.

Admissions Criteria

1. 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. Please note: The EPT/ELM placement tests have been discontinued for Spring 2018 admissions.
  • 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.  To earn a CSUN bachelor's degree in an approved major in only 60 more units, read about the Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) and California Promise Program.

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. We welcome your questions.

How to Apply

1.  Once you've contacted us to confirm your status as a student veteran, complete the online application at Cal State Apply. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy for reference.

2.  Provide us with your official transcripts* and the required documents/items listed below:

  • $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee. Cal State Apply will automatically calculate your eligibility for the $55 application fee waiver when you complete the "Income and Household Questions" section. To submit the online application, the $55 fee must be paid or waived.
  • 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) transcripts for all college courses you are currently taking. Follow up with official final transcripts once you have completed the course work and grades are posted.

In addition, upload the following documents that certify your eligibility for VA education benefits through the Veteran Educational Benefit Certification link in myNorthridge Portal:

  • 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

You will need to activate your CSUN account to upload the documents through the portal. See "After You Apply" below.

*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.

3.  Deliver your paper documents for the semester of your desired admission by mail or in person:

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

In Person:  Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150 during business hours

After You Apply

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

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after applying online. Helpful: account activation instructions
  1. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your Incomplete Tasks such as missing transcripts. Helpful: My (Admissions) Checklist Guide
  2. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Credential Student

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .

Credential Programs

Applicants to a CSUN credential program are considered for admission as post-baccalaureate classified students. Two applications are required: one to the University and the other to the desired Credential Program. Many credential programs have higher admission standards than the university admission criteria. So please review:

Eligibility for University Admission

To be admitted to CSUN as a credential student, applicants must meet all of the following university 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 extension courses (except in concurrent enrollment at CSUN in the Upper-Division) taken after obtaining the bachelor's degree will be EXCLUDED from the calculation.
  • Note: Specific credential program GPA requirements may be higher than the university requirement.

How to Apply

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

2.  Complete a Credential Program Application. For forms and instructions, visit the Credential Office How to Apply page.

3.  Complete the online CSU application at Cal State Apply. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy for reference.

NOTE: If the application filing period for the individual credential program you desire is closed, please do not complete a university application. Contact the Credential Office for guidance.

4.  Gather the official transcripts that the Credential Office has indicated are required for your desired program.

  • Request that all transcripts be sent to your home address in duplicate
  • Once you have them all, submit each set separately to the Credential Office and to Admissions and Records.
  • Transcripts must be official; they must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes.
  • Review "Send Us Your Transcripts" on this page for details.

Send only to Admissions and Records your CCAF or JST (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) and DD 214 transcripts and documents.

5.  Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online through Cal State Apply. The fee must be paid to submit the application.

6.  Deliver your official transcripts and other documents (see item 4 above) by mail or in person to:

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

In Person:
Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150 during business hours

After You Apply

After you have applied to the Credential Program and the University, make sure the rest of your admissions process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after applying online. For help, 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 your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  4. See "Send Us Your Transcripts" below.
  5. 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.
  6. Upload 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

You will need to activate your CSUN account to access myNorthridge Portal.

Send Us Your Transcripts

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 final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and your grades and degree are posted.
  3. Enclose transcripts with your paper university application packet if possible.

*All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes) even when enclosed with your application packet.

In some cases, transcripts may be sent to CSUN electronically. Check with your previous institution. If you are sending us California community college transcripts, save time with eTranscript California.

Send official paper 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.

Graduate Student

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .

Graduate Programs

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.

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 university application only after you have been accepted to the doctoral program. See below.

How to Apply

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

2.  Complete the CSU university application online at Cal State Apply. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy for reference.

3.  Before submitting your university application, identify any additional departmental admission requirements:

4.  Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online in Cal State Apply. Payment is required to submit the online application.

5.  Review "Send Us Your Transcripts" on this page. 

6.  Send all official transcripts and other documents to: 

CSUN - Office of Admissions & 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 access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive it 1 or 2 days after applying. For help, 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. Helpful: How To Guides
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Upload 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

You will need to activate your CSUN account to use myNorthridge Portal.

8.  Send us official transcripts (see below). 

Send Us Your Transcripts

Enclose with your paper application packet as many of the following official transcripts* as possible:

  1. Your CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) transcripts and DD 214 transcripts and documents
  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 final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and your grades and degree are posted.
  4. Send official paper transcripts to:
    CSUN - Office of Admissions & Records
    Attention: Veterans Affairs Office
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207

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 CSUN Admissions & Records.

In some cases, transcripts may be sent electronically. Check with your previous institution. If you are sending us California community college transcripts, save time with eTranscript California.

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

NOTE:  Due to increased enrollment demands, Cal State Northridge does not currently accept applications for second bachelor’s degree programs. No exceptions are anticipated at this time. However, if future exceptions are made, applicants will need to meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Please check back here after October 1, 2017.

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .


Second Bachelor's Degree

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.

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 or closed) in the Admissions Calendar.
  2. Submit a graduate application online through Cal State Apply.
  3. Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online in Cal State Apply. The fee must be paid to submit the application.

After You Apply

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

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
  2. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts. Helpful: How To Guides
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  4. Send us your official transcripts (see below), including CCAF or JST (Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) transcripts.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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 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. If you are sending us California community college transcripts, save time with eTranscript California.

Send official paper 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

Note:  CSUN will accept applications for Spring 2018 admissions from all returning student veterans except for previously disqualified undergraduates. Keep reading this section for readmission requirements.

CSUN will accept applications for Fall 2018 admissions from all returning students starting October 1, 2017.

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .


Returning Undergraduates

A returning student is one who has completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester at CSUN. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN.

Readmission Criteria

The readmission criteria for returning undergraduate students are outlined below. Contact us to confirm your eligibility for veterans education benefits. 

Returning in Good Academic Standing

1.  No additional admissions criteria are required.

2.  Complete the online CSU application at Cal State Apply.

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 now 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 2018 ADMISSION:  OPEN to returning students in good standing, but CLOSED to previously disqualified undergraduates.

FALL 2018 ADMISSION:  Please note the previously disqualified applicant process and deadlines in the following table. Then review the eligibility requirements below it.

Semester of DisqualificationUniversity Application Required?Application DeadlinePreviously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2017YesNovember 30, 2017March 1, 2018
End of Fall 2017NoN/AMarch 1, 2018

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 to the university:

  • If disqualified prior to the fall 2017 semester: Apply online at CSUMentor before the application filing deadline published at Admissions Calendar
  • If disqualified at the end of the fall 2017 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 2018 readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before March 1, 2018.

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.  Once you've contacted us to confirm your status as a student veteran, complete the online CSU university application at Cal State Apply. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy for reference.

2.  Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee in Cal State Apply. Cal State Apply will automatically calculate your eligibility for the $55 fee waiver when you complete the "Income and Household Questions" section. To submit the online application, the $55 fee must be paid or waived.

3.  Provide us with your official transcripts* and the required documents/items listed below:

  • 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) transcripts for all college courses you are currently taking. Follow up with official final transcripts once you have completed the course work and grades are posted.

In addition, upload the following documents that certify your eligibility for VA education benefits through the Veteran Educational Benefit Certification link in myNorthridge Portal:

  • 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

You will need to activate your CSUN account to upload the documents through the portal. See "After You Apply" below.

*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.

4.  Deliver your paper documents by mail or in person:

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

In Person:  Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150 during business hours

After You Apply

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

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records sent to the inbox you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive it 1 or 2 days after applying online. For help, 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. Helpful: My (Admissions) Checklist
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  4. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.
  5. 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.

Returning Student - Graduate

Contact Us

The CSUN Veterans Affairs Office is here to assist you. Please visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email  .

Returning Graduates

returning student is one who has completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester at CSUN. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN.

  • Please find readmission information for returning graduate, credential, or second bachelor's degree applicants below. 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.
  • Before applying, please read Academic Programs Leading to Licensure or Credentialing.

Readmission Criteria

The readmission criteria for returning graduate students are outlined below.

Contact us to confirm your eligibility for veterans education benefits. Visit us in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 150, call (818) 677-5928, or email veteransmail@csun.edu.

Returning in Good Academic Standing

  1. No additional admissions criteria are required.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 apply for admission as follows:

1.  Review the application filing status (open or closed) for your academic program and desired semester of admission at Admissions Calendar.

2.  Complete the required credential program application or the graduate program departmental application if any. For details, review the instructions for new credential and graduate applicants on this page. 

3.  Complete the online CSU university application at Cal State Apply.

4.  Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online Cal State Apply. To submit the application, the fee must be paid. 

5.  Send us your official transcripts for the items listed below:

  • Your military transcripts: CCAF or JST (Army, Coast, Guard, Marine Corps, Navy) and DD 214 transcripts and documents. Send these only to Admissions and Records, not the credential program or graduate department.
  • Final transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since your last enrollment at CSUN. Ask the credential program or graduate department if they require duplicate transcripts in addition to those you provide to Admissions and Records.
  • Preliminary transcripts for any work-in-progress. Follow up by sending final transcripts as soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted.
  • 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. If you are sending us California community college transcripts, save time with eTranscript California.

6.  Deliver all official transcripts and other documents by mail or in person to: 

After You Apply

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

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply 1 or 2 days after applying online. For help, 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. Help: My Checklist.
  3. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Address
  4. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

You will need to activate your CSUN account to access myNorthridge Portal.

We want to communicate with you! Please take a moment to:

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