Associated Students (AS) is the student body government for CSUN. There are Senate and appointed positions available for every major. Elections occur once each semester. Selections for homecoming court also take place during fall elections.
Safety is a top priority at CSUN. Our Department of Police Services (DPS) is an accredited law enforcement agency, and a team of sworn peace officers with full police powers patrols our campus at all times. In an emergency, reach them by dialing 911, or use one of the more than 90 blue-light emergency phones across campus. TTY call boxes are also available for the deaf and hard of hearing.
DPS also offers several personal safety and crime prevention programs — including an active shooter survival and awareness video produced in collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Television Arts — as well as free vehicle battery jumps and assistance with key lockouts. Call the police dispatch center at (818) 677-2111.
Additionally, if you're walking on campus at night, our student-operated Matador Patrol offers personal security escorts Monday through Thursday from dusk to 11:30 p.m.
The Dream Center provides resources and a community for undocumented students.
International students/studying abroad
Find out about opportunities to study abroad, or make connections with international students and support resources at the International and Exchange Student Center.
Matador Involvement Center
The Matador Involvement Center (MIC) is the go-to guide for all campus organizations and clubs. Joining a club or organization is a great way to meet people with similar interests. But with more than 200 groups to choose from, the MIC can help you get informed on which ones best fit you. The MIC also hosts workshops about involvement opportunities for new students at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
Meet the Clubs Day
Hosted by MIC, Meet the Clubs Day is an interest fair showcasing the many groups on campus. You'll find a wide representation, from religious and cultural clubs to athletic and special interest groups, academic and honorary societies, and environmental organizations.
Welcome All Matadors Festival
This MIC-hosted celebration is a campus-wide event that occurs during the first month of classes.
The Greek System
CSUN is home to more than 40 fraternity and sorority chapters totaling 1,400 members. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Don't know which sorority or fraternity you'd like to join? Go to a few rush events and talk to members. This way, you can determine which group resonates most strongly with you.
If you're already interested in a specific Greek organization, check to see if they have a chapter on campus. Or visit the MIC office for more information.
The Pride Center at CSUN is a supportive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning students. The Peer Mentor Program, CSUN Ally Program, Tuesday Talks and LGBTQ Coffee Nights are just a few of the programs that the Pride Center offers to promote respect and safety for all members of the CSUN community.
University Student Union
The University Student Union (USU) is considered the campus hub. Not only does it house the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall and Student Recreation Center, USU is also home to other offices for student services such as Associated Students and the Matador Involvement Center as well as a games room equipped with table tennis, pool and arcade games.
If you'd like to take on a leadership role, you can join the USU board of directors, an elected group of students who make decisions about the annual budget, personnel and programs. Or you can join one of the standing committees. Elections take place in the spring.
Matador Nights is a late-night fete hosted by USU. In the past, this free festival has featured jungle, pirate and circus themes. Students enjoy the complimentary food, fun games and vibrant sensory experiences, such as live exotic animals, circus performers, caricature and tattoo artists, celebrity DJs and a Ferris wheel. It's one of the most popular events on campus.
Crunch Time is a finals-week fiesta hosted by USU to help students unwind. Previous entertainment has included a silent dance party, craft-making and free massages. Munchies and beverages are provided, including chips, cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate, as well as handy study kits packed with pens, pencils, highlighters, Scantron sheets, blue books and candy.
Veterans Resource Center
If you’re like one of the growing number of student veterans, transitioning from life in the military to life as a Matador, you’ll want to access the Veterans Resource Center. There you’ll find a wide range of support services and connections to other veterans and their dependents on campus.