PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Admissions Requirements

For an overview of admissions requirements, select one of the student groups below. Please visit the Admissions and Records website for more detailed information and important deadlines. Some colleges or programs may require supplemental materials for admission.

Future Freshmen

Send your official preliminary high school transcript to CSUN as soon as you complete the first semester of your high school senior year.

To be considered for admission as a first-time freshman, you must:

  • File an application during the initial filing period. Be sure to file before the deadlines published on the admissions calendar.
  • Graduate from a high school or equivalent by the end of your spring term.
  • Have completed each of the courses outlined in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (known as A-G) with a grade of C or better. For your reference, the courses and required number of years are listed below.
    • Social science or history: two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government
    • English: four years
    • Mathematics: three years (four years recommended), including Algebra 1, geometry and Algebra 2
    • Laboratory science: two years, including one biological and one physical science
    • Foreign language: two years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
    • Visual and performing arts: one year of art, dance, drama or music
    • College-preparatory electives: one year selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science or history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or agriculture
  • Ensure your SAT or ACT scores are received by the Admissions and Records office at CSUN. For SAT test dates and registration, visit the College Board website  or consult your high school counselor. For ACT test dates and registration, visit the American College Testing website or consult your high school counselor.
  • Earn a qualifiable eligibility index. The CSU statewide Eligibility Index Table is a weighted combination of your grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the SAT or ACT. All grades earned in A-G college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades are used to calculate your GPA.
    • Local applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined local guarantee admissions area must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2,900, if using the SAT, or 694, if using the ACT.
    • Nonlocal applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined local guarantee admissions area must meet a higher eligibility index and will be considered for admission based on a minimum eligibility index score of 3,200, if using the SAT, or 740, if using the ACT.
    • Nonlocal applicants graduating from schools outside California or the United States will be considered for admission based on a minimum eligibility index score of 3,504, if using the SAT, or 842, if using the ACT.

Note: The academic characteristics of the nonlocal freshman applicant population will determine the eligibility index cutoff, which may vary. Learn more about freshman impaction.

The eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

  • SAT (scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school grade point average)
  • (10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school grade point average)  

Refer to the eligibility index for California residents or nonresidents for more information.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, you must:

  • Complete at least 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including the four basic subjects (written communications, critical thinking, speech and college-level math) 
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university you attended

All documents and transcripts should be sent to:

Admissions and Records
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330

Graduate Students

Master's programs

To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet one of the three requirements below.

  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted
  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted at all postsecondary institutions attended — the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation
  • Have a post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution

Applications for master’s programs that meet university requirements for admission will be reviewed by the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether you meet the program requirements for admission. Some departments may require a separate departmental application.

For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed on the Research and Graduate Studies website.

Students who meet both departmental and university requirements will be admitted as either conditionally classified or classified graduate students.

Conditionally classified or classified graduate students may enroll in 500- and 600- level courses; however, some programs limit enrollment to classified students. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction as identified by the department graduate coordinator and described in the University Catalog’s “Courses of Study” section.

Doctoral programs

To apply for admission to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing the admissions requirements for either the doctoral program in educational leadership or physical therapy. Complete the online CSUMentor application only after you’ve been accepted to a doctoral program.

International Students

First-time freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are applying to a bachelor's degree program and have not completed any postsecondary course work at a college or university. Below are the admissions requirements for international freshmen.

  • Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma
  • Equivalent to a U.S. GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum scores: TOEFL 61/IELTS 5.5
  • Original or certified copies of all official secondary records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas

Transfer students

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed postsecondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States. Below are the admissions requirements for international transfer students.

  • Completion of the four basic subject requirements: written communications, critical thinking, speech and college-level math
  • Equivalent to a U.S. GPA of 2.0
  • Original or certified copies of all official records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas

Post-baccalaureate or graduate students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student if you have completed a postsecondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and are eligible to apply for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at CSUN. Below are the admissions requirements for international post-baccalaureate or graduate students.

  • Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum scores: TOEFL 79/IELTS 6.0
  • Original or certified copies of all official records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue
  • Official English translations of all academic records, including certificates, degrees or diplomas
Note: Individual graduate programs may require separate applications and supporting material. Please contact the appropriate department.

English language test scores

The following is a list of acceptable English language exams and minimum scores. Please have all scores sent directly from the testing agency to CSUN code 4707.

English language tests and required scores

Type of StudentTest nameMinimum test score
Freshman and transferTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test: 500

Computer-based test: 173

Internet-based test: 61

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)45
International English Language Test System (IELTS)5.5
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)Verbal score: 450
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)5.0
GraduateTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test: 550

Computer-based test: 213

Internet-based test: 79/80

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)58
International English Language Test System (IELTS)6.0

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students must meet the same admissions requirements as other students. You may view specific admissions requirements by selecting "Future Freshmen," "Transfer Students" or any of the other student groups. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students must also submit a supplemental application. See the "How to Apply" area in the "Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students" section for details about the supplemental application process.

You may review application deadlines on the Admissions and Records website.

The Tseng College and Other Students

Open University at The Tseng College

  • Only nonmatriculated students (those who have not been admitted to a degree program) are eligible for the Open University program.
  • Ineligible students include matriculated students (those enrolled in a CSUN degree program), those under disciplinary suspension and students disqualified for the third time from CSUN.
  • Students with a registration hold on their CSUN record must clear the hold before registering through Open University, or the system will block registration.
  • Courses with prerequisites are listed as such in the current University Catalog. Students must meet academic prerequisites before enrolling.


Credential Students

  • You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  • You must have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation. Lower-division or extension courses taken after obtaining a bachelor's degree will be excluded from the calculation, except for upper-division courses taken while simultaneously enrolled at CSUN.


Second bachelor of arts or science

Second Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Must have an acceptable baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate independent of when the degree was granted
  • Must have an acceptable baccalaureate degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted from all postsecondary institutions attended (the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation)
  • Must have an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution