Admitted First-Time Freshman
Congratulations on Your Admission!
Ahead of your first day of class at CSUN, there are a few final steps you’ll need to complete to secure your place in this year’s class of Matadors.
Steps to Finalize Your Admission
- Accept our offer of admission by submitting your online Intent to Register.
- Log in to the myNorthridge Portal with your user ID and password.
- Once you’re logged in, select the “Applicant” tab. Then, in the “My Status” box, select “Intent to Register” to accept your offer of admission.
Request your final, official transcripts be sent to the CSUN Office of the Registrar directly from your high school or college on their official letterhead, either electronically or on paper via sealed envelope.
If you'll be attending this fall, the deadline to submit your transcripts is July 15, 2022.
What Your Final Transcript Must Include:
- Official high school transcript(s), including spring grades and high school graduation date. If you have attended more than one high school, you must submit official transcripts from all high schools attended.
- Official college transcripts for any courses taken while in high school, including spring grades. Please see "electronic transcripts" below. Note: No summer work after graduation will be accepted to meet fall admission requirements.
Tips on Sending Transcripts
- Electronic transcripts
- For sending California community college transcripts, review eTranscript California.
- If sending other high schools and colleges, choose “CSU Northridge” as the recipient on your school’s transcript ordering service. If this option is unavailable, use email@example.com as the recipient's email address.
- Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts.
- Paper transcripts
- If your high school or college doesn’t offer electronic transcripts, they must sent to the address listed below in a sealed, unopened envelope.
- California State University, Northridge
Office of the Registrar
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
The following test scores are optional. However, if you have taken any of these exams, please send us your official test scores to assist with your placement in math and writing courses and see if you satisfy one or more of CSUN's lower-division General Education course requirements.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) exams (IB)
- ACT and/or SAT. These tests are not required for admission to CSUN but are helpful for placement in math and writing courses.
How to send your official test scores:
- Have your official AP, CLEP and/or SAT test scores sent to CSUN electronically using school code 4707.
- Have your official ACT test scores sent to CSUN electronically using school code 0400.
- Request and send paper transcripts for IB exams.
- Start Planning Early
- Before developing a plan to finance your education, review CSUN’s estimated cost of attendance which includes basic tuition and fees, books, housing, transportation and personal expenses.
- Through the combination of grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings and contributions from family, a college education at CSUN is affordable. With much of the grant and scholarship aid eligibility based on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) need, it’s important to start planning early.
- For additional information on financing your education, contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the latest on tuition and fees.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
To be considered for federal financial aid, as well as state aid if you’re a California resident, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
Federal and state financial aid include resources such as grants, part-time job opportunities and student loan for eligible students.
- FAFSA and CADAA applications must submitted by by April 1, 2022 (extended from March 2 for 2022-23 aid only).
- California residents wishing to be considered for a Cal Grant must submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2022.
- FAFSA Tip: Use the IRS data retrieval option to reduce errors and list CSUN's federal school code (001153) on your FAFSA.
How to Apply for CSUN Scholarships
To apply for institutional scholarships, login to myMatador Scholarships using your CSUN User ID and Password. Please note that each CSUN scholarship requires a separate application and essay. Upon logging into my Matador Scholarships, you will see the list of scholarships including eligibility and application requirements for each scholarship. Students awarded CSUN scholarships will be notified in late May.
Visit the myNorthridge Portal for updates on your application and award status. You can also visit the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.
How to Apply for External Scholarships
In addition to the scholarships available through CSUN, there are a number of external companies and organizations that offer scholarships each year. To maximize external scholarship possibilities, apply for as many relevant scholarships as possible.
To learn more about external scholarships, visit our off-campus scholarships website.
Guidelines for Financial Aid and Scholarships
Based on available funding, financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and awarded throughout the year.
Log in to myNorthridge Portal to view your Financial Aid awards.
If registered for classes and your aid is available, University Cash Services will apply financial aid funds to any charges on your account and issue refunds for any remaining amount. University Cash Services will send you an email once your funds have disbursed.
To receive your refund via direct deposit, sign up for e-Refund by early August.
To promote public health and safety, the California State University (CSU) has long-established immunization requirements. Under the direction of the CSU Chancellor’s Office, students must meet immunization standards by the end of their first and/or second semesters to avoid holds on class registration.
Visit the Klotz Student Health Center Immunizations web page for information on required immunizations, a tutorial on how to upload proof of immunization or immunity through CSUN’s “myHealth Patient Portal,” as well as any additional requirements for students enrolled in health care fields of study and teacher education programs.
- For help clearing immunization and other holds, see the View Holds How-To Guide
- To learn more about our vaccination policies, visit the University Catalog — Health Screening (CSU Immunization Requirement) site.
The Matador Advising Hub will contact you by CSUN email to schedule an academic advising appointment, during which time you’ll receive help selecting classes for the fall semester. While most first-time freshmen are advised through the Matador Advising Hub, students in certain academic programs are advised by specialized advising centers:
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): First-time freshman EOP students are advised by the Student Services Center/EOP Satellite housed in their respective academic college. Exploratory EOP students are advised by the Advising Resource Center/EOP Satellite.
- Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP): First-time freshmen in the Liberal Studies ITEP are advised by the Liberal Studies Program. Liberal Studies majors not in the ITEP are advised by the Matador Advising Hub throughout their first year at CSUN.
- Matador Achievement Center (MAC): Student athletes are advised through the MAC.
- National Center on Deafness (NCOD): The NCOD advises Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
Beginning May 23, 2022, academic advising centers will begin emailing first-time freshmen. Enrollment begins June 6, so be sure to schedule your advising appointment in June or July.
How to Pay Your Fees:
- Log in to the myNorthridge Portal
- Select the “Financial Matters” tab
- Select “My Financial Obligations”
- Select “Make a payment”
For additional information regarding fee payment, visit the Important Fee Payment Requirements (PDF) document online.
Tuition and Other Fees Disclosure
- The CSU 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, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system-wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system-wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code).
As a first-time freshmen, you’re required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), a summer orientation program designed to set incoming Matadors up for success.
Information on 2022 NSO will be available online in June. Visit the First-Time Freshmen Orientation website to learn more.