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Admission Appeals

About Admission Appeals

California State University, Northridge evaluates the academic record of each applicant for admission carefully and objectively. Admission decisions are rarely reversed.

Admission decisions are based on our verification that the applicant's self-reported academic information meets admission eligibility requirements. CSUN may provisionally admit applicants until all eligibility requirements and deadlines have been met and verified with the appropriate documentation. Read more at provisional admission.

Additionally, in order to be eligible to enroll, applicants must submit required documents (official transcripts, test scores, etc.) and an electronic Intent to Register no later than the published deadlines.

Please note that appeals regarding minimum admissions requirements are not considered and that appeals regarding deadlines or the actions by or information provided by other schools, colleges or universities are rarely considered.

Admissions Outlook

Because of the State of California budget and California State University enrollment directives, Cal State Northridge must strictly enforce all admissions requirements and deadlines.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to multiple institutions and consider options at other colleges and universities for the coming academic year. To view a list of CSU campuses that are accepting applications, visit the Cal State Apply website and select Application Dates & Deadlines. Alternately, we welcome your application to Cal State Northridge for a future semester.

Appeal Process

If after reviewing the information above you wish to appeal your admission status or missed deadline(s), follow these procedures. Please note that only one admission appeal can be made per academic term.

  1. Complete an admission appeal package. Incomplete appeals will not be considered.

    Your appeal package must include the following documents:

    a. Letter of appeal: Explain your reasons for the appeal clearly and provide supporting detail. Address any extenuating circumstances. Identify the semester to which you applied for admission.

    Your letter must also include your complete student contact information, including:
    – full name
    – 9-digit student ID number
    – mailing address
    – daytime phone number
    – preferred email address.

    b. Supporting documents: Copies of your unofficial transcripts, both graded and work-in-progress. Students are strongly advised to include documentation supporting the extenuating circumstance(s) outlined in their letter of appeal.

    Note: Please do not submit letters of recommendation or copies of awarded honors.
  2. Submit your complete admission appeal package within 15 business days from the date you received notice that your request for admission was denied.
  3. Submit your complete appeal package by mail or in person:

To deliver by mail:

Office of Admissions and Records
California State University, Northridge
ATTN: Admissions Appeals Committee
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

To deliver in person:

Admissions and Records is located in the Student Services Center, Bayramian Hall, First Floor Lobby (BH 100).
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Response Process

The Admissions Appeals Committee will make every effort to respond to your petition within 30 business days of receiving your appeal request. Appeal decisions will be communicated to you via your CSUN email account. Because many students may not be notified of the results of their appeal until a month before classes begin, we strongly encourage you to pursue the other higher education options available to you.

Please note that appeals will be considered once only, and decisions rendered are final and non-negotiable.