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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Are you interested in attending CSUN? Concerned about the cost of out-of-state tuition?

California State University, Northridge is a participating member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level (150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition).

WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition:

How much would I save with WUE?
Resident tuition$5,472
Nonresident tuition$16,632
WUE rate (Resident x 150%)$8,208
WUE Savings$8,424

Note: The tuition rate shown above is for enrollment in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 academic year, assuming 30 credit hours per year (i.e., 15 units in each fall and spring semester).Tuition rate does not include additional mandatory campus fees. WUE students must enroll in a minimum of 12 units per semester. Learn more about the cost of attendance. For more tuition and fee information, contact CSUN's University Cash Services.


To receive the WUE tuition rate, an admitted student must be a resident of one of the following states or U.S. insular areas: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming.

The WUE tuition rate applies only to the majors listed below. If the major is not listed, it is not eligible for the WUE rate:

African American Studies - BA     
Anthropology - BA     
Asian American Studies - BA     
Central American Studies - BA     
Chicana and Chicano Studies - BA     
Child and Adolescent Development - BA     
Construction Management Technology - BS     
Economics - BA     
Family and Consumer Sciences - Interior Design option - BS     
French - BA     
Gender and Women's Studies - BS     
Geography - BA     
Geology - BS     
Kinesiology - Dance option - BS     
Languages and Cultures - BA     
Liberal Arts pre-credential option - BA     
Liberal Studies general option - BA     
Modern Jewish Studies - BA     
Philosophy - BA     
Physics BA, BS     
Religious Studies - BA     
Spanish - BA     
Theatre - BA     
Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management - BS     
Urban Studies - BA     

To Maintain WUE Status:

Maintain full-time enrollment at 12 or more units each semester attending and be in good standing with the institution.

Conditions for Enrollment:

  • WUE students are not eligible for California resident tuition. Students cannot apply time accrued while participating in the WUE program to establish California residency.
  • Students may receive the WUE tuition rate for 6 years or until the completion of the bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

How to Apply

Follow these 5 steps to apply for WUE admission at CSUN:

1. Confirm that you are a legal resident of a WUE state or insular area, and that you are applying to a WUE major.

2. Review the admission criteria for your student group at Applicants.

3. Apply for admission to CSU Northridge at For Spring 2016 admission only, please follow these application instructions:

  • First-time freshman applicants: Use the paper CSU 2015-2016 Undergraduate Application Form (.pdf). Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the application. Include in the same packet with your paper application:
    • $55 nonrefundable application fee (check or money order only)
    • An official paper copy of your SAT/ACT test scores
    • Your official, final high school transcripts verifying graduation date. (Official transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes even when enclosed with your packet. If impossible to enclose them with your packet, ask your school to send official transcripts directly to us.)

Send your packet and transcripts to:
Admissions & Records—CSUN; 18111 Nordhoff Street; Northridge, CA 91330-8207

  • Transfer student applicants: To receive further instructions, email with your:
    • Full name
    • Intended  major at CSUN
    • Previous colleges/universities attended
    • U.S. state of residence or country of residence
    • Indicate that you are a WUE applicant.

You will receive a response within five (5) business days.

4. Go to the CSUN Student Forms page to print and complete the WUE Contract Form.

5. Mail the completed WUE Contract Form to: 

Admissions & Records—CSUN; 18111 Nordhoff Street; Northridge, CA 91330-8207