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New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process

Response Questionnaire

To inform CSUN that you accept the offer of admission, please complete the New International Student Response Form.

This Response Questionnaire is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College.

If you do not accept the offer of admission or plan to defer enrollment, please complete this form.

Online Information Workshop

The New International Student Workshop explains entrance exams, the pre-enrollment process for the first semester, and student’s responsibilities. 

This presentation is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College.

First-Time International (F-1) Freshmen Student Checklists – Spring 2017

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Spring 2017 First-Time International (F-1) Freshman Student Checklists (.pdf)

These three freshmen student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Enrollment in Classes & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3 & 4 are mandatory in order to be pre-enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Locate the “Activate CSUN User ID and Password” letter you received after applying to CSUN. Log into “myNorthridge” Portal at www.csun.edu.
  • Read and accept the campus information technology policy. Follow the instructions to set up your account and enter any other information as prompted. For help, visit the Information Technology Help Center.
  • Use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 5), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Information Workshop/Academic Advisement

Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.


Response Questionnaire

 

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 

 

 5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Spring 2017 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Saturday-only classes and Friday/Saturday classes begin Saturday, January 21, 2017.
  • For complete 2016-2017 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Spring Semester 2017 Checklist


1) Become familiar with the University Catalog and Degree Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.
2) Become familiar with your Student Portal. Start by browsing the Schedule of Classes through Class Search.  Learn about Class Search, myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center with the How To Guides.
 

Math Selection Assessment

English Placement Test 

 

 

3) PLACEMENT TESTS: All students need to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine which level math and composition you are prepared to take in your first semester.

MSA: students will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country because it ALEKS is accessible online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment that will indicates which math course you are eligible to take.

EPT: the English Placement Test is required for all freshmen.

  • If you are living in the U.S., it is best to take the EPT by November 19, 2016 (the deadline to sign up is November 4, 2016). You may take EPT at CSUN or a CSU campus near you.
  • If you are not in the U.S., you may take EPT in January, 2017.

Exemption: Some students are exempt from the EPT or MSA based on their transfer college GE writing and math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement) scores. To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

  • Students who do not take the EPT and MSA (or do not have an exemption from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level freshman composition and math and will have added semesters to their education plan.

 

Chemistry Placement Test

4) Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Occupational Health, or other Science majors! The Math Selection Assessment (MSA) and/or Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) may be required for students in these major. For example, the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) must be passed before students can enroll in Chemistry 101/101L. Find out if you need a department exam!

 

 

  

 

Degree Progress Report 

5) TRANSFER COURSES: If you are a freshman who has taken college courses, use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner. (This only applies to college level courses)

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

 

1) Understand the "V" and "F" holds.

  • All international students will have an “Advisement Mandatory” hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The advisement hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed.
  • The “Foreign” hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who awaits your arrival for check-in before they remove the hold. IESC needs items from you before you can be checked in (Health insurance, Affidavit of Financial Support, completion of the online “Six Steps for Immigration” workshop, any visa-related documentation, etc.).

 2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

New Student Orientation is Mandatory! This half day event will introduce you to the University, provide important information, and enable you to meet new friends.

To register, call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso.

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid after you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by January 27, 2017. If you do not pay on time, you may be disenrolled from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at Student Finance.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

 

Executive Order 665

5) Attention Freshmen! EXECUTIVE ORDER 665!

All students are required to complete their developmental Math (Math 92/93) requirements and Freshman Composition requirements (AAS/AFRS/CAS/CHS/ENGL/LING/QS 113A or 114A) within their first year of enrollment at CSUN. Students who do not meet Executive Order 665 will be required to temporarily leave CSUN and complete their Math and Writing requirements at another institution before they can enroll again at CSUN. After being placed into the proper Math and Composition courses (based on MSA & EPT scores), it is important that you pass your classes to make good progression and avoid violating Executive Order 665.


WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Student Checklists – Spring 2017

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Spring 2017 First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Student Checklists (.pdf)

These three transfer student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Enrollment in Classes & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3, & 4 are mandatory in order to be pre-enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Locate the “Activate CSUN User ID and Password” letter you received from Admissions and Records. Log into “myNorthridge” Portal at www.csun.edu.
  • Read and accept the campus information technology policy. Follow the instructions to set up your account and enter any other information as prompted. For help, visit the Information Technology Help Center.
  • Use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!
Not Anymore

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 5), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Information Workshop/Advisement

  • All Student MUST complete the Online Information Workshop in order to be pre-enrolled in classes. This step is Mandatory.
Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Response Questionnaire

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 

Calendar

 

5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Spring 2017 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Saturday-only classes and Friday/Saturday classes begin Saturday, January 21, 2017.
  • For complete 2016-2017 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Spring 2017 Checklist


 

1) Review and become familiar with the University Catalog and Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.

Math Selection Assessment

English Placement Test 

 

 

 

2) PLACEMENT TESTS:

All students need to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine which level math and English Composition you are prepared to take in your first semester.

MSA: students will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country because it ALEKS is accessible online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment that will indicates which math course you are eligible to take.

EPT: the English Placement Test is required for all freshmen.

  • If you are living in the U.S., it is best to take the EPT by November 19, 2016 (the deadline to sign up is November 4, 2016). You may take EPT at CSUN or a CSU campus near you.
  • If you are not in the U.S., you may take EPT in January, 2017.

Exemption: Some students are exempt from the EPT or MSA based on their transfer college GE writing and math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement) scores.  To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

  • Students who do not take the EPT and MSA (or do not have an exemption from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level freshman composition and math and will have added semesters to their education plan.

 

Chemistry Placement Test

3) Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Occupational Health, or other Science majors! The Math Selection Assessment (MSA) and/or Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) may be required for students in these major. For example, the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) must be passed before students can enroll in Chemistry 101/101L. Find out if you need a department exam!

 

 

 

Turn in Transcripts

4) TRANSCRIPTS: Official international transcripts must be postmarked or hand delivered to the International Admissions Office Bayramian Hall, Room 160 by November 15, 2016.

Official domestic transcripts may be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions & Records, also located in Bayramian Hall, Lobby area.

 

 

 

Degree Progress Report

5) TRANSFER COURSES: Use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner.

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

 

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

  

1) Understand the "V" and "F" holds.

  • All international transfer students will have a "V" hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The V hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed. 
  • The "F" hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who awaits your arrival for check-in before they remove the F hold. IESC needs items (for example, Health insurance, Affidavit of Financial Support, completion of the online "Six Steps for Immigration" workshop, any visa-related documentation, etc.) from you before you can be checked in.  
 

2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Register to attend New Student Orientation to learn about the University, receive useful information, and meet other transfer students.

Call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso to register.

 

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid when you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by January 27, 2017. If you do not pay on time, you will be disenrolled from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at University Cash Services.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

  

UDWPE

5) UPPER DIVISION WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM (UDWPE): If you are transferring to CSUN with at least 60 units, then register for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) at the beginning of your first semester at CSUN. Undergraduate students are encouraged to take the UDWPE as early as possible, but must take the exam no later than the semester in which 75 units will be completed.

Students who have not attempted the UDWPE by the completion of 75 units will have a hold placed on their subsequent class registration. Some upper division major courses require a passing score on the UDWPE before you can enroll so plan ahead and avoid enrollment delays. Information on the exam including registration details is located at www.csun.edu/udwpe.

 

WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Student Orientation

Sign up for the New Student Orientation to learn about the University, receive useful information, and meet other new students. Call (818) 677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso to register.

Important Dates and Deadlines for the First Semester

  • August 1, 2016 – Begin accepting applications for Spring 2017
  • October 31, 2016 – Deadline to apply for Spring 2017, CSU Mentor closed for International Students
  • November 15, 2016 – Document Deadline for Spring 2017 applications
  • November 15, 2016 – SEVIS transfer I-20 Deadline for Spring 2017 transfer students.
  • December 17, 2016 – Earliest entry date into the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • December 26, 2016 – January 2, 2017 – Winter Holidays, Campus Closed
  • January 16, 2017 – Deadline to enter the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • January 16, 2017 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Campus Closed
  • January 20, 2017– New (F-1) Freshman/Transfer International Student Orientation
  • January **, 2017 – English Placement Test (EPT) date to be determined. Check your CSUN email for announcement.
  • January 20, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. Deadline to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA). Students already in the U.S. can begin taking the MSA starting January 9th by appointment with office of Developmental Mathematics (818) 677-2231.
  • January 21, 2017 – Saturday only and Friday/Saturday classes begin, students should view specific meeting dates in class search.
  • January 23, 2017 – Weekday classes begin
  • January 27, 2017 – Tuition payment deadline for new International Students
  • January 27, 2017 – Schedule Change Deadline by 4:00 p.m.
  • January 30 – February 10, 2017 (Week 2&3) – Permission numbers are required to add all classes
  • February 10, 2017 – Last day to add/drop classes (Friday of Week 3) by 3:00 p.m.
  • March 20-26, 2017 – Spring Recess, No instructions
  • March 31, 2017 – Cesar Chavez Holiday, Campus Closed
  • May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day Holiday, Campus Closed

For additional Academic Calendar dates, please link to Student Academic Calendar.

2nd Semester Advisement

International students in their 2nd and subsequent semesters seek academic advisement from their designated major advisors.  Some majors may do one-to-one advisement, others may require completion of the major’s information workshop. The complete list of contacts for your major's advisement center is below.

Academic advisement is strongly encouraged for 2nd semester freshman and transfer students; some majors require it. If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have an advisement hold. The hold will be cleared only when you meet with your advisor. To view registration holds, log into “myNorthridge” with your CSUN User ID and Password, locate My Checklist and review the Incomplete Tasks section.

Colleges & Advising CentersMajors

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Nordhoff Hall (NH) 135
818-677-2024
Refer to grid on website.


Art
CTVA
Communication Studies
Journalism
Music
Theatre

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics
Juniper Hall (JH) 2113
818-677-3537









Accountancy
Economics
Finance
Information Systems
Management
Marketing
Business Administration 
(with options in
Business Law,
Global Supply Chain Management,
Real Estate, or
Systems and Operations Management)

Michael D. Eisner College of Education
Education (ED) 1107
818-677-5116

Deaf Studies



College of Engineering and Computer Science
Jacaranda (JD) 1501
818-677-2191



 

Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Construction Management
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Management
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

College of Health and Human Development
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 111
818-677-2883








Athletic Training
Child Development
Communicative Disorders
Family & Consumer Sciences
Health Administration
Health Sciences
Kinesiology
Public Health
Radiologic Sciences
Recreation & Tourism Management
Recreation Therapy

College of Humanities
Jerome Richfield (JR) 240
818-677-4784







Asian-American Studies
Central American Studies
Chicano/a Studies
English
Gender & Women Studies
Languages
Liberal Studies
Linguistics
Modern Jewish Studies
Philosophy
Religious Studies

College of Science and Mathematics
Eucalyptus Hall (EH) 2126
818-677-4558

 

Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Physics
Chemistry
Earth Science
Mathematics
Physics

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sierra Hall (SH) 204
818-677-2658




Africana Studies
Anthropology
Geography
History
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Urban Studies & Planning

Academic and Tutoring Resources

Tutoring Resources (.pdf)

GPA Calculator (.xls)

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