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Apply Lower Division Transfer Student

NOTE: Due to increased enrollment demands, Cal State Northridge does not currently admit lower-division transfer applicants. No exceptions are anticipated at this time. However, if future exceptions are made, lower-division transfer applicants may need to meet the eligibility requirements listed below.  For exceptions and updates, please check the Admissions Calendar.

A transfer student has earned regionally accredited college credits after the summer immediately following high school graduation. A lower division transfer student has completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units).

Additional information for other applicant groups:

Lower Division Transfer Student - Eligibility Requirements

All lower division transfer students majoring in an exception need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all transferable college units; 
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended; 
  • Have completed the CSU General Education Writing and Mathematics courses with a grade of C- or better; and 
  • Meet the admission requirements for first-time freshmen (GPA and a-g subject requirements).

How to Apply

  1. Check application deadlines and program status (open or closed) in the CSUN Admissions Calendar.
  2. Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. All transfers must declare a major when applying. "Undecided" is not available.
    Before applying, please read Academic Programs Leading to Licensure or Credentialing.
  3. If your desired major is impacted, you may need to apply to a "pre-major" or take an audition (music majors). For a list and application instructions, see Impacted Majors - Transfer Students.
  4. File an online application at Cal State Apply.
  5. Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online. Cal State Apply will automatically calculate your eligibility for the $55 application fee waiver when you complete the "Income and Household Questions" section. To submit the online application, the $55 fee must be paid or waived.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions process go smoothly with these steps:

  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 Incomplete Tasks such as missing transcripts. For help with the portal, 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. Send us your test scores and official transcripts (see below).

Send Test Scores and Transcripts

CSUN uses your official test scores and transcripts to determine your eligibility for admission. To avoid delays, please send us test scores and transcripts as soon as they become available.

Test Scores

Arrange for CSUN to receive your test scores for:

  1. SAT or ACT test(s) - For Fall 2019 admission consideration, send test scores no later than January 15, 2019.
  2. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other exams if applicable


Send official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended even if the course work was not completed
  2. All college courses in which you are currently enrolled (These are your preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts.)*
  3. Your final transcripts for work-in-progress as soon as you complete the courses and your grades are posted*
  4. Official high school transcripts with graduation date

All paper transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.

*Electronic transcripts: If you have attended a California community college, CSUN might be able to request your transcripts electronically. Save time and money! Find out if your community college participates in eTranscript California.

Send official paper transcripts to: 

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

Transcript Deadlines

Official transcripts for high school and for all college courses including work-in-progress must be received by Admissions and Records no later than the following due date:

  • Spring 2019: Not open for admission to lower division transfer students.
  • Fall 2019: If any exceptions are made, the deadlines are:
    • Preliminary college transcripts for work-in-progress - Send by February 15, 2019
    • Final high school transcripts - Send by July 15, 2019
    • Final college transcripts for completed course work - Send by July 15, 2019

Update Your Contact Information

We want to communicate with you! So please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Admission Appeals

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

Also helpful: Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses in the CSUN University Catalog