Future Freshmen

If you’re thinking about spending the next four years at CSUN, check out the admissions requirements and available majors below. You can always book a campus tour to get a better feel for life at CSUN.

A first-time freshman is a student who has not earned any college credit after the summer following high school graduation.

If you have already applied to CSUN, visit the “Applicants” page. If you have already applied to CSUN and have been admitted, visit the “Admitted Students” page.

Admissions Requirements

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 (Tier 1):

•        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 (Tier 2):

•        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 admissions: 

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 CSUMentor.

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

If you are a first-time freshman, you must submit an online application through CSUMentor.

To simplify the admissions process, gather your important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores, etc.) and have them handy when completing the online application. You should also request official transcripts and test scores, and have them sent to the CSUN Admissions and Records office. Review deadlines and program status in the admissions calendar.

For additional information and planning tools, visit the "Plan for College" section on the CSUMentor website.

Majors and Concentrations

For a current list of majors and concentrations offered at CSUN, visit the California State University website. For your convenience, we’ve included a list below, though you should always check the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN. Majors are listed in alphabetical order and, if applicable, concentrations are listed directly underneath the accompanying major.

Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still accept students. Check the admissions calendar for exceptions.

Accounting (B.S., M.S.)
Professional Accountancy

African-American Studies (B.A.)
African-American Arts and Literature, African-American Cultural Studies, African-American Social Sciences, African-American Urban Education

Anthropology (B.A., M.A.)
Public Archaeology

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A)
Art Education, Art History, Visual Arts

Asian-American Studies (B.A.)

Athletic Training (B.S.)

Biochemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Biology (B.S., M.S.)
Biotechnology/Medical Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance/Financial Services, Real Estate, Systems and Operation Management

Central American Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Chemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Chicano and Chicana Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A., M.A.)
Early Childhood Development

Cinema and Television Arts (B.A.)
Electronic Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Radio Production, Screenwriting, Television Production

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Communication Disorders (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Communicative Disorders (M.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S, M.S.)

Computer Information Technology (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S., M.S.)

Construction Management Technology (B.S.)

Counseling (M.S.)
Career Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Educational Administration (M.A.)

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Community College Leadership, P-12 Leadership

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering (M.S.)

Engineering Management (B.S., M.S.)

English (B.A., M.A.)
Creative Writing, Four-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential, Honors English, Junior-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Subject Matter Program for the Single-Subject Credential

Environmental and Occupational Health (B.S., M.S.)
Industrial Hygiene

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S., M.S.)
Apparel Design and Merchandising, Consumer Affairs, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies, Interior Design, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science

Finance (B.S.)

French (B.A.)

Gender and Women's Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A., M.A.)
Geographic Information Science

Geology (B.S., M.S.)
Environmental Geology, Geophysics, Geology — Secondary Teaching

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)

History (B.A., M.A.)

Humanities (B.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Kinesiology (B.S., M.S.)
Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development, Dance, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Armenian, French, Italian, Japanese

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Program — Freshmen Concentration, Integrated Teacher Education Program — Junior Concentration, Precredential Program

Linguistics (B.A., M.A.)

Management (B.S.)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Marketing (B.S.)

Mass Communication (M.A.)

Materials Engineering (M.S.)

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Applied Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics — Secondary Teaching, Statistics

Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Modern Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Music (B.A, B.M., M.M.)
Breadth Studies, Collaborative Piano Performance, Composition, Composition/Commercial and Media Writing, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Percussion, Performance, Strings, Vocal Arts, Winds

Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) 

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (M.P.T., D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Political Science (B.A., M.A.)
Law and Society, Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management

Psychology (B.A., M.A.)
Clinical Psychology, General Experimental Psychology, Human Factors and Applied Psychology

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Public Health Promotion (B.S.)

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.A.)

Social Work (M.S., M.S.W.)

Sociology (B.A., M.A.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Welfare, Work and Society

Software Engineering (M.S.)

Spanish (B.A., M.A.)
Language and Culture, Literature

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood, Educational Therapy, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Special Major (B.A.)

Structural Engineering (M.S.)

Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Theatre (B.A., M.A.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management (B.A., M.S.)

Urban Studies and Planning (B.A.)

Cost of Attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for undergraduate freshmen who are California residents. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

If you are not a California resident, add $372 per unit to fees listed below. All costs are estimates and subject to change.

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,260$6,520   
Books and supplies$894$1,788
Room and board$2,259$4,518
Loan fees$47$94
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,260$6,520
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $47 $94 
Total $10,879 $21,758 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,260$6,520
Books and supplies$894$1,788
Room and board$6,378$12,756
Loan fees$47$94

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.