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Admissions

Between test scores, transcripts and deadlines, applying to college can seem a bit overwhelming. But it gets easier once you're organized. Click on the topics below to read about important dates and reminders. Be sure to consult your high school or college counselor and, above all, apply early.

For first-time freshmen

Eligibility criteria

With the growing number of students interested in pursuing education at California State University, Northridge, CSUN has updated freshman admissions criteria through the use of impaction. Impaction is a tool that California State University (CSU) campuses use to manage the number of students it admits. CSUN has implemented academic and regional impaction to align with CSU enrollment targets.

Some majors are impacted, including accounting, business administration (insurance and financial services option), cinema and television arts*, finance, financial planning, kinesiology*, music* and psychology*. (The majors with an asterisk have additional entrance requirements.)

Requirements for local admissions area applicants

  • Completion of the following A-G college preparatory courses with grades of C or better.

A. Social science: 2 years
B. English: 4 years
C. Math: 3 years
D. Laboratory science: 2 years
E. Foreign language: 2 years
F. Visual and performing arts: 1 year
G. College preparatory elective: 1 year

  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores
  • The combination of SAT and GPA must meet the California State University eligibility index (2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT). To determine your GPA, use only the college preparatory courses listed above, and include only those taken after ninth grade. You may add extra points for honors-level courses. 

If you are using your SAT score, use the following formula to calculate your eligibility index: (GPA x 800) + SAT score (critical reading and math only) = eligibility index. If you are using your ACT score, use the following formula to calculate your eligibility index: (GPA x 200) + (10 x ACT composite score) = eligibility index.

 Requirements for nonlocal admissions area applicants

  • All of the above and a higher eligibility index score. The minimum eligibility index to be given admission consideration for the SAT or ACT is to be determined.
  • If you are applying for admission to a major with additional criteria, you must also meet those requirements to be admitted.

 Requirements for nonresidents of California applicants

Out-of-state admissions are not affected by impaction. You need to complete the same pattern of courses but need a slightly higher eligibility index. Nonresidents of California will find eligibility index requirements at Cal State Apply.

Note: All first-time freshmen are required to submit SAT or ACT scores by the deadline.

Visit CSUN's impaction information page for more information.

How to apply

When to apply

The best time to submit your Cal State Apply application is during our initial filing period Oct. 1-Nov. 30 prior to the fall of desired enrollment. Graduate applicants and those seeking admission to certain programs may file after Nov. 30. Consult our admissions calendar for exact details. 

More information

If you are looking for further details about eligibility criteria, Cal State Apply is your best resource. The searchable University Catalog also has detailed information about eligibility criteria as well as an alphabetical list of degree programs and courses of study.

For further information about the application process, visit the Apply First-Time Freshman page. CSUMentor also has helpful information about the application process. 

You'll also want to visit the Prospective Students website. To learn about application deadlines and to find out if the program you're interested in is still accepting applications, visit the admissions calendar.

You can request a packet of information about CSUN and create your own personalized myNorthridge Prospective Student Portal. We also respond to email and regular mail. Write us:

Student Outreach and Recruitment
California State University, Northridge
Bayramian Hall, Room 190
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8212 

Have a question? Visit Ask Matty to get an online response to your questions about all things CSUN. Want to talk to a real person? Call Student Outreach and Recruitment at (818) 677-2967, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For graduate students

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for admission to CSUN as a graduate student, you must have one of the following:

  • An acceptable baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • An acceptable baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted from all postsecondary institutions attended
  • An acceptable postbaccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution

The department you apply to will make a final decision about your admission. The department may ask that you file a separate application and submit supplemental material.

How to apply

  • Submit an online application through Cal State Apply.
  • Check with the appropriate CSUN graduate program to find out whether you need to file a separate application or submit supplemental material.
  • Arrange to have any required test scores sent to CSUN.
  • Mail your official transcripts from all colleges attended to: Admissions and Records, California State University, Northridge,18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8207.
  • Doctoral applicants: Visit the program websites, Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) and Physical Therapy (DPT), for specific admissions instructions. 

When to apply

The best time to submit your Cal State Apply application is during our initial filing period Oct. 1-Nov. 30 prior to the fall of desired enrollment. Graduate applicants and those seeking admission to certain programs may file after Nov. 30. Consult the admissions calendar for details.

More information

If you are looking for further details about eligibility criteria, Cal State Apply is your best resource. The searchable University Catalog also has detailed information about eligibility criteria as well as an alphabetical list of degree programs and courses of study.

For further information about the application process, visit the Apply Graduate Student page. CSUMentor also has helpful information about the application process. 

You'll also want to visit the Graduate Studies Prospective Students website. To learn about application deadlines and to find out if the program you're interested in is still accepting applications, visit our admissions calendar.

Have a question? Visit Ask Matty to get an online response to your questions about all things CSUN. Want to talk to a real person? Call Graduate Studies at ((818) 677-4800, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For international students

Visit the International Students section.

For transfer students

Eligibility criteria

California State University, Northridge welcomes applications from upper-division transfer students. With the growing number of students interested in pursuing their education at CSUN, the university has updated its transfer student admissions criteria through the use of impaction. Impaction is a tool that California State University (CSU) campuses use to manage the number of students it admits. CSUN has implemented academic and regional impaction to align with CSU enrollment targets.

Some majors are impacted, including accounting, business administration (insurance and financial services option), cinema and television arts*, finance, financial planning, kinesiology*, music* and psychology*. (The majors with an asterisk have additional entrance requirements.)

The local admissions area has changed to include the 17 California community colleges from whom we get the most students and to which we are closest. They are:

Antelope Valley College
College of the Canyons
East Los Angeles College
Glendale Community College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
Moorpark College
Oxnard College
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica College
Southwest Los Angeles College
Ventura College
West Los Angeles College

Requirements for local admissions area applicants

  • A minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units)
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  • Completion of the four general education requirements: written communication, critical thinking, speech and college-level math

Requirements for nonlocal admissions area applicants

  • All of the above and a higher GPA
  • If you are applying for admission to a major with additional entrance requirements, you must also meet those additional criteria to be admitted.

Out-of-state admissions are not affected. Visit CSUN's impaction information page to learn more.

To be eligible for admission to fall semester, you must complete the above requirements by the end of the previous spring term.

How to apply

  • Submit an online application through Cal State Apply. On your application, indicate a major; you may not select Undecided.
  • Mail your official transcripts from all colleges attended to: Admissions and Records, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8207.

When to apply

The best time to submit your Cal State Apply application is during our initial filing period Oct. 1-Nov. 30 prior to the fall of desired enrollment. Graduate applicants and those seeking admission to certain programs may file after Nov. 30. Consult the admissions calendar for details

More information

If you are looking for further details about eligibility criteria, Cal State Apply is your best resource. The searchable University Catalog also has detailed information about eligibility criteria as well as an alphabetical list of degree programs and courses of study.

For further information about the application process, visit the Apply Lower Division Transfer Student or Apply Upper Division Transfer Student page. CSUMentor also has helpful information about the application process. 

You'll also want to visit the Prospective Students website. To learn about application deadlines and to find out if the program you're interested in is still accepting applications, visit the admissions calendar.

You'll also want to visit the Prospective Students website and create your own personalized myNorthridge Prospective Student Portal. 

Have a question? Visit Ask Matty to get a written, online response to your questions about all things CSUN. We also respond to email and regular mail. Write us:

Student Outreach and Recruitment
California State University, Northridge
Bayramian Hall, Room 190
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8212

Want to talk to a real person? Call Student Outreach and Recruitment at (818) 677-2967, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.