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

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. The minimum Eligibility Index to be given admission consideration for the SAT or ACT is to be determined.
    • Note: The academic characteristics of the non-local area freshman applicant population will determine the Eligibility Index cut-off, which may vary. Space permitting, non-local area applicants who achieve the higher eligibility index will be admitted first, until the freshman class is full. Learn more at Freshman Impaction.
    • Update: In mid-February 2015, the University determined that non-local area applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined Local Admission Area (Tier 2) will not be accepted for Fall 2015 due to the high number of eligible applicants from schools inside the defined Local Admission Area. For more information, please see Freshman Impaction.
    • Nonresidents of California will find Eligibility Index requirements at CSUMentor.

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.

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.