Returning Undergraduate Students

Welcome back! We are excited for you to continue your journey as a Matador. The steps to your return to CSUN will depend on your previous student status. If you are not sure about your student status, please refer to the Returning Admissions page.

Students Returning in Good Standing

Not sure if you need to complete a new application to return? Contact our Office of the Registrar at admissions.records@csun.edu  or call (818) 677-3700 during our business hours.

Please review the Steps to Re-apply below.

Steps to Re-Apply

 

CSUN accepts returning undergraduate applications each year during these filing periods:

  • Fall admission: Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, now extended to Jan. 31, 2023, for the following fall semester
  • Spring admission: Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 for the following spring semester

Before you apply, assemble the materials you will need to complete your application. You will need:

  • Social Security number, if you have one.
  • Your citizenship status. Please note this is for CSU tuition purposes and will not affect your admission application.
  • A credit or debit card. The $70 application fee is due at the time of submission and can only be paid by credit or debit card. The online application will automatically calculate your eligibility for an application fee waiver.
  • Annual income. If you are a dependent, then you'll report your parents’ or guardian’s income. If you are independent, report your income.

If you already have a Cal State Apply account, you can copy your existing application data to a new application.

NEW: Cal State Apply has been streamlined for returning students! Be sure to:

  • Indicate you are returning to CSUN when prompted, enter your CSUN 9-digit student ID number, and select a scenario that applies to you.
  • Carefully review your information before submitting.

Once you submit your application, send us your official transcripts for any college courses taken since last attending CSUN.

After you apply, watch for an email from our office with the info you'll need to create or update your CSUN Portal and email accounts. Once you've set up your accounts, you can check your application status. You can expect your admission decision to be available as early as mid-March for the coming fall semester and mid-November for the coming spring. In progress course work and/or missing transcripts can delay the readmission review process.

  • If you are returning in good academic standing and have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.
  • If you did take courses, send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN. You must also send preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. As soon as your in-progress course work is complete and grades are posted, send your final transcripts.
  • For information on how to submit transcripts, see the Transcript Submission Information section below.

Previously Disqualified Students

At CSUN, we offer you a path to return after previous disqualification. Being disqualified means you must wait at least one semester before enrolling in CSUN courses through the regular process. You must also apply for readmission to CSUN.

To be considered for readmission as an undergraduate and second bachelor's student, you must show improvements that prove your academic growth, which will continue when returning to CSUN. These include:

  • Successfully completing courses in your degree program at another institution or through Tseng College at CSUN.
  • Earning grades at another institution that show your ability to return to good academic standing in a reasonable timeframe if readmitted to CSUN.

You must also complete each of the four basic subject courses required for CSU general education with a grade of C- or better. The courses are:

  • Written Composition
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking*
  • Oral Communication (Speech)

*Students re-applying as engineering or computer science majors do not have to complete a critical thinking course prior to readmission.

We also strongly urge you to meet with a CSUN academic advisor in the college of your major to review your specific readmission requirements.

Once you have completed the above steps, you will be ready to re-apply.

Steps to Re-Apply

You'll need to wait at least one semester after being disqualified before reapplying to CSUN. Please review the application and questionnaire deadlines for fall and spring readmission in the two tables below.

To Return to CSUN in Spring 2023
  • If disqualified at the end of a spring term, the earliest you can return to CSUN is the next spring term. The Cal State Apply filing period will still be open, so an invitation code will not be necessary.
Spring 2023 Application and Questionnaire Deadlines
When Disqualified Cal State Apply Deadline Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Spring 2022 Aug. 31, 2022 Oct. 3, 2022
End of Spring 2022 Aug. 31, 2022
No invitation code is needed
Oct. 3, 2022
To Return to CSUN in Fall 2023
  • If disqualified at the end of a fall term, the earliest you can return to CSUN is the next fall term. You probably won’t know you’ve been disqualified until after the Cal State Apply filing period closes. So, you’ll need to request a Cal State Apply invitation code from the Office of Admissions. Please see the instructions to request an invitation code after the fall table.
Fall 2023 Application and Questionnaire Deadlines
When Disqualified Cal State Apply Deadline Previously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2022 Nov. 30, 2022, now extended to Jan. 31, 2023. April 1, 2023
End of Fall 2022 Request a Cal State Apply invitation code between Feb. 1 and March 25, 2023, to apply by April 1. April 1, 2023
  • To request the invitation code for Fall 2023 readmission:
    • Email your request to CSUN transfer admissions after Jan. 31, 2023:
    • Use the subject line: PD request for Cal State Apply invitation code
    • Include the following information in the body of your email:
      • CSUN 9-digit student ID number
      • Your full name
      • Semester of disqualification
      • Desired semester of readmission
      • Your request for a Cal State Apply application invitation code
    • You must begin your fall application within seven days of receiving the code from the Office of Admissions.
    • Submit your Cal State Apply application by April 1.

Before you apply, assemble the materials you will need to complete your application. You will need:

  • Social Security number, if you have one.
  • Your citizenship status. Please note this is for CSU tuition purposes and will not affect your admission application.
  • A credit or debit card. The $70 application fee is due at the time of submission and can only be paid by credit or debit card. The online application will automatically calculate your eligibility for an application fee waiver.
  • Annual income. If you are a dependent, then you'll report your parents’ or guardian’s income. If you are independent, report your income.

  • If you already have a Cal State Apply account, you can copy your existing application data to a new application.
    • Learn more at Use an Existing Account to Reapply.
    • You might also need to Reset Your Cal State Apply Password.
  • Once you're ready, begin your application on Cal State Apply.

While you are preparing to demonstrate your progress, you should also begin your application on Cal State Apply, the CSU's online application system.

If you already have a Cal State Apply account, you can copy your existing application data to a new application.

Be sure to fill out the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire in Cal State Apply before submitting your application.

  • While completing the CSUN application online, be sure to fill out the "Previously Disqualified Questionnaire." If you do not correctly complete this section online, you will have to complete and submit the PDF version of the "Previously Disqualified Questionnaire."
  • After you've answered the initial questions in Cal State Apply, the My Application home page will display four sections in a grid.
    1. Select the Program Materials section.
    2. Choose the “Questions” tab inside the Program Materials section.
    3. Under the “Previously Disqualified Question” heading on the Questions tab, select the “yes” radio button if you are applying as a returning student who was previously disqualified at CSUN.
    4. When you select “yes,” the “Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire” will display. Complete these questions as accurately as possible.

  • After filling out the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire and all other required sections, submit your application through Cal State Apply.
  • Please note: If you do not complete the online questionnaire before submitting your application, you will be asked to prepare and submit the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (PDF). You must submit the form and any attachments to the Office of Admissions no later than April 1 for fall admission and Oct. 3 for spring.

After you apply, watch for an email from our office with the info you'll need to create an account in our CSUN Portal. Once you've set up an account, you can check your application status. You can expect your admission decision as early as mid-April for fall admission and mid-November for spring admission. In progress course work and/or missing transcripts can delay the readmission review process.

  • Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. Please note: No transcripts are required if you have only taken courses in CSUN’s Tseng College since being disqualified.
  • For information on how to submit transcripts, see the Transcript Submission Information section below.

Transcript Submission Information

How to Submit Transcripts

  • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous school(s) to send your official transcripts to:

    California State University, Northridge
    Office of the Registrar
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207
     
  • For electronic transcripts, choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient.
  • If you have any California community college transcripts, please review eTranscript California and have the transcripts sent through this system.
  • You may also hand deliver transcripts in sealed, unopened envelopes to the Office of Admissions, Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 160 our business hours.
  • If you were previously disqualified and have only taken courses in CSUN’s Tseng College since your disqualification, no transcripts are required.
  • Please do not send duplicate paper and electronic transcripts.

Transcript Deadlines

Official transcripts must be received electronically, postmarked to the Office of the Registrar, or hand delivered to Admissions and Records, no later than the following due dates:

Transcript Type Spring 2023 Admission Fall 2023 Admission
Official preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts
are due if you are returning in good standing:
Oct. 3, 2022 Feb. 15, 2023
Official transcripts for completed and in-progress
course work if you were previously disqualified:
Oct. 3, 2022 April 1, 2023
Official final transcripts for all returning students,
all course work, are due:
Jan. 17, 2023 July 15, 2023
Transcript Deadline for Returning Students

All course work must be completed by:

  • The end of the spring term before the fall semester in which you intend to enroll.
  • The end of the fall term before the spring semester in which you intend to enroll.
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