Policies by Category: Enrollment Regulations

Academic Internship Policy (Undergraduate)

Internships that allow students to earn academic credit must meet credit-hour and faculty-workload standards (see the Course Classification Guide at www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/Course_Classification.pdf) related to required hours and additional pedagogical and risk-management standards required by the California State University system and CSUN. Each College is responsible for maintaining data that will assure compliance with current academic standards, risk-management and audit …

Academic Leave (Leave of Absence) Undergraduate Policy

Undergraduate students in good standing may take a two-semester leave of absence. Though no formal approval is required, it is suggested that students seek academic advisement. To encourage continuing students with satisfactory scholastic performance to return to CSUN following an absence, the University will automatically place qualified resident and nonresident students on a Leave of Absence if …

Catalog Requirements (Catalog Rights)

An undergraduate student remaining in attendance in regular sessions at any California community college, at any CSU campus or any combination of California community colleges and campuses of the CSU system may meet the requirements in effect at the campus from which the student will graduate either (1) at the time the student began such …

Credit by Challenge Examination Taken at CSUN

Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at CSUN. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Currently enrolled undergraduate students not on probation who are especially qualified through experience or private instruction may petition to earn credit by challenge examination in selected courses designated by each Department. A challenge examination provides …

Full-Time Enrollment (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Full-time enrollment for undergraduate students is considered to be 15 units (12 units for financial aid and certain external legal requirements). Graduate students who need to be considered full-time must be enrolled in a minimum of 8 units. Students are responsible for ensuring that their own academic programs are accurate. Students are urged to act …

Grade Reporting

Grades are available through the myNorthridge Portal and the SOLAR Student Center approximately one week after the final exam period. Any discrepancies should be reported to Admissions and Records so that they may be promptly investigated. The grade report reflects cumulative units earned, including units that may not be applicable to Degree requirements. Cumulative baccalaureate-level Degree …

Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs

Students enrolled at any CSU campus will have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses or programs are impacted or admission to the desired program or admission categories is closed. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and …

Open University at CSUN Through The Tseng College — Fall, Spring and “Summer for Visiting Students” Terms

Open University is a registration status that allows non-matriculated students (i.e., those who have not been admitted to a state- or self-supported CSUN degree program) to enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses on the CSUN campus on a space-available basis with the permission of the instructor. Open University registration is through CSUN’s Tseng College. The …

Registration Unit Limits (Academic Load Regulations)

The University may impose limits on the number of units for which a student can register during each registration period. To learn about these Academic Load Regulations, see Enrollment Requirements on the Admissions and Records website. Students wishing to exceed the maximum unit load after the Registration-by-Appointment period must complete and file an Extra Unit …

Standardized Breaks in Classes

Continuous lecture classes that last two or more hours should incorporate a break at a predetermined time based on any number of criteria, such as content of the lecture, length of the class and physical demand placed upon support service personnel for deaf and disabled students. Laboratory classes or classes in which the student traditionally works …

Student Photo I.D. Card

All new CSUN students must purchase a Student Photo I.D. card. This card is required to obtain campus services from the Oviatt Library, the Student Services Center, the Klotz Student Health Center, the University Student Union and many other campus units. Moreover, it is required to vote in Associated Students elections, to obtain tickets from the …

Student Responsibility for Catalog Information

The Catalog represents the intention of the University at the time of its publication to present certain academic Programs and requirements to its students. With the passing of time, modifications may be made—the addition of some offerings and the deletion of others—in which case some opportunities for students may be eliminated or other opportunities may …

Transcripts of CSUN Courses

Official transcripts of courses taken at CSUN are issued only with the written request of the student concerned. Transcripts of work taken at other institutions will not be issued. The University reserves the right to withhold issuing the transcript of any student not in good financial standing with the University. For details, see Order Transcripts on …

Winter Term Registration Options For Matriculated and Nonmatriculated Students

CSUN generally offers a 3- to 4-week Winter term (Intersession) program in January. Courses are taught in intensive formats with many holding daily class meetings. Winter term courses are open to both matriculated students in self- and state-supported degree programs and nonmatriculated students (those not admitted to a CSUN degree program). Winter term registration is …