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Apply First-Time Freshman


CSUN is not accepting first-time freshman applications for Spring 2018 admission.  Applications for Fall 2018 will be accepted starting October 1, 2017. Please check back later for more information.

International first-time freshmen should check requirements and deadlines at International Applicants.


All first-time freshmen may apply for Fall 2017 admission October 1 through November 30, 2016. See the instructions on this page and also review Impaction Information.


CSUN is impacted for undergraduate students. All freshman applicants must meet the minimum standard CSU admission criteria described on this page. Non-local area applicants must also meet any supplementary admission criteria for their geographical location. If you are a California resident, regardless of location, applying to an impacted major, you must also meet any supplementary criteria for that major. Both kinds of supplementary criteria are described at Freshman Impaction

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Are you a first-time freshman?

first-time freshman is a student who has earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation. First-time freshmen must apply for admission before the end of the initial application filing period

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for admission as a first-time freshman, you must meet all the standard CSU admission criteria below:

1. Graduate from high school or have the legal equivalent of a high school diploma.

2. Complete the college preparatory subject requirements (a-g course list) with a grade of C or better:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years. Algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
  • Social Science/History: 2 years, including 1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government
  • Science: 2 years. 1 biological science with lab, and 1 physical science with lab
  • Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year. Art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • Electives: 1 year. Selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or any other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list.

3. SAT or ACT test scores must be received by Admissions and Records no later than Wednesday, February 1, 2017, for Fall 2017 admission. The last opportunity to take the tests is in early December 2016. Register 5 weeks or more before the test date.

For test dates and registration, ask your high school counselor or visit the following websites:

4. Earn a qualifying eligibility index. The statewide CSU Eligibility Index is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). All grades earned in "a-g" college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades are used to calculate the grade point average (GPA).

  • Local area applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined Local Admission Area must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
  • Non-local area applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined Local Admission Area must meet any supplementary eligibility index criteria published at freshman impaction criteria.

    Note: Space permitting, non-local area applicants will be admitted until the freshman class is full.

You can look up your eligibility index at CSU Eligibility Index. Or, calculate your eligibility index using either the SAT or ACT score:

  • 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)

5. If your desired major is impacted, you will also need to meet any supplementary admission criteria for that major. published at freshman impaction.

EPT and ELM Requirement

1. While your English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test scores are not required for admission, you must satisfy the requirement before enrolling in classes. Even if you are admitted, you must take the EPT/ELM tests (unless you are exempt) by Saturday, May 6, 2017 for Fall 2017 enrollment.

Because of heavy demand and limited seating, you should register for the tests much earlier than the May deadline. Information about test dates, registration, exemptions and more is available at CSUN Testing Center.

Arrange for ETS to send your EPT/ELM scores to CSUN school code 4707.

2. If you miss the EPT/ELM test deadline, you will need to do either of the following:

  • Reapply for admission to CSUN for the next available fall semester (first-time freshmen are not currently admitted to spring semesters)
  • Attend another college or university to complete all lower division requirements, and apply to CSUN as a transfer student.

You may prepare a written appeal. However, appeals regarding missed deadlines are rarely considered.

How to Apply

Take these steps to apply for admission:

  1. Apply for admission during the initial filing period published at Admissions Calendar. Review application deadlines and major status (open or closed).
  2. File an online application through Cal State Apply during the initial filing period. For Fall 2017 admission, the initial filing period ends November 30, 2016.
  3. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the online application.
  4. Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online in Cal State Apply. The fee must be paid to submit the application.
  5. Send us your preliminary high school transcript as soon as you complete the first semester of your senior year.
  6. Send your final high school transcript verifying graduation date as soon as you graduate.

All transcripts must be "official" (we must receive them in sealed, unopened envelopes). If you are transferring course work taken at a California community college during high school or the summer immediately following high school graduation, see the instructions for electronic transcripts at eTranscript California.

Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us at:

CSUN - Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA  91330-8207

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make sure the rest of your admission process goes smoothly:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
  2. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts. For help, see the How To Guides.
  3. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge ("My Announcements").
  4. If you are admitted, you must file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than Monday, May 1, 2017 in order to attend CSUN in Fall 2017. See Admitted to CSUN.

Remember, we want to communicate with you!

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Take a moment to verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Application and Document Deadlines

Task or DocumentFall 2017
Last day to apply for admission11/30/2016 (Apply at Cal State Apply.)
Last day for CSUN to receive $55 application fee payment or application fee waiver form (.pdf) if not requested in Cal State Apply12/15/16
Send official test scores if you have taken any Advanced Placement, International Baccaluareate, or CLEP testsAs soon as test scores are available
Last day for CSUN to receive SAT/ACT test scores2/1/2017
Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge*5/1/2017
Last day to take EPT/ELM placement tests5/6/2017**
Last day for CSUN to receive EPT/ELM scoresArrange for ETS to send scores to CSUN school code 4707.
Send official preliminary high school transcriptAfter you apply and as soon as you complete the 1st semester of your senior year
Send official final high school transcript verifying graduation date8/11/2017

Send official college transcripts (if any)

To transfer course work from a California community college, see eTranscript California.

 As soon as grades are posted

*If admitted after the following date, you will have 14 days from your admission date to file Intent to Register:
Fall 2017: after April 16, 2017

**Because of heavy demand, you should sign up for the EPT/ELM tests much earlier than the May deadline. For exemptions, test dates and registration information, see CSUN Testing Center.

Provisional Admission

Admission is provisional until all eligibility requirements and deadlines have been met, including those for applicants affected by campus impaction and impacted majors. Read more.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission was denied or your offer of provisional admission has been withdrawn, see Admission and Deadline Appeals.