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  • Returning undergraduate students - Apply for admission between October 1 and November 30, 2019.
  • Returning graduate students - Apply for admission starting October 1, 2019. Please contact the individual graduate program for the closing date.
  • Returning international students - Check requirements and deadlines at International Applicants.
  • Returning student military veterans - Check requirements at Veterans Affairs & Admissions.


  • Returning undergraduate students - CSUN is not accepting returning freshman or transfer applications for Spring 2021 admission. The next available application filing period is Fall 2021, which opens October 1, 2020.
  • Returning graduate students - Apply starting August 1, 2020. Please contact the individual graduate program for the closing date and review this page. Note: Some programs accept applications for fall terms only.
  • Returning international students - Check requirements and deadlines at International Applicants.
  • Returning student military veterans - Check requirements at Veterans Affairs & Admissions.

A returning CSUN student is one who has completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester. Returning students include those in good academic standing and those wishing to return after previous disqualification in their last semester at CSUN. 

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Returning in Good Academic Standing

  1. No additional admissions criteria are required.
  2. Apply for admission before the filing deadline published in the Admissions Calendar for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission.
  3. 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. (If you have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.)
  4. As soon as your work-in-progress is complete and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts. Official transcripts can be paper or electronic.  See How to Apply on this page. 

Disqualified in Last Semester at CSUN

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Previously Disqualified Freshman, Transfer and Second Bachelor's Students

Applications from previously disqualified undergraduate students are currently accepted for fall admission only. As a previously disqualified student:

  • You may not reapply to an impacted major unless that was your major at the time of your disqualification.
  • You must demonstrate acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the University. Such evidence may include successful completion of courses in your degree program at another institution or through the Tseng College (extended learning) with grades that demonstrate the ability to achieve good standing in a reasonable time frame if you are readmitted to CSUN. You are strongly urged to meet with your CSUN academic advisor to discuss readmission requirements.

IMPORTANT!  Please note the process and deadlines for Fall 2020 in the table below. Then review the eligibility requirements.

Semester of DisqualificationUniversity Application Required?Application DeadlinePreviously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2019Yes

November 30, 2019

April 1, 2020
End of Fall 2019YesRequest a Cal State Apply invitation code* by March 25, 2020, and apply before April 1, 2020.April 1, 2020

*Veterans and international students do not need an invitation code but must apply by April 1, 2020. For details, see Returning Student Veteran or Returning International Student.

Eligibility Requirements:  To be considered for readmission, previously disqualified freshmen, transfer and second bachelor's students will need to meet the following requirements:

1. Complete each of the 4 basic subjects courses required for CSU general education with a grade of C- or better: Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication.  (Students re-applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.)

2. Before you apply, contact an advisor in your desired major to determine their specific readmission criteria. After you apply, an advisor, associate dean, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies will complete a review to determine your admissibility.

3. Reapply to the university based on the date you were disqualified.

  • If disqualified prior to the fall 2019 semester: Apply to the university before November 30, 2019, the application filing deadline published at Admissions Calendar.
  • If disqualified at the end of the fall 2019 semester: You will need to request an "application invitation code" from Admissions and Records by March 25, 2020 in order to file your Cal State Apply application online before the April 1, 2020 deadline.

    To request the code, follow these steps:
    a)  Email your request to before March 25, 2020
    b)  Use the subject line: PD request for Cal State Apply invitation code
    c)  Include the following information in the body of your email:
    • CSUN 9-digit student ID number
    • Full name
    • Semester of disqualification
    • Your request for a Cal State Apply application invitation code

Please begin your application within seven (7) days of receiving the code from Admissions and Records.

4. Complete the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (.pdf) and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. If possible, file the questionnaire at the time you apply to the university but no later than the deadline on the form. To be considered for Fall 2020 readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before April 1, 2020.

Information graphic decorative item Please note: If you prefer not to visit the campus to file your "Previously Disqualified Questionnaire," you may email the completed form and any attachments to

5. Submit official college transcripts of all course work taken after your last attendance at CSUN, including work-in-progress now. Official transcripts can be paper or electronic. See How to Apply below.

Graduate and Credential Students

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate and credential students will be determined by their respective graduate or credential programs. Read more at:

How to Apply

1.  Review the application filing status (open or closed) for your class level, academic major or program, and desired semester of readmission in the Admissions Calendar.

2.  Complete the online CSU university application at Cal State Apply. Have important documents (grades, transcripts if any, test scores) handy to complete the application.

3.  Before submitting your online university application, identify any additional departmental admission requirements:

4.  Remit the $70 nonrefundable CSU application fee online in Cal State Apply. The fee must be paid to submit the application. Cal State Apply will also calculate your eligibility for the undergraduate admission application fee waiver (California residents only).

Important information Please note: Starting with Fall 2020 admission, the CSU application fee has increased to $70 per campus.

5.  Review Send Us Your Transcripts below.  Send official transcripts to:

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

Send Us Your Transcripts


Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since your last enrollment at CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work-in-progress now.

Transcript Tips

  • Send preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts now. As soon as your in-progress course work is complete and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts.
  • Official transcripts can be paper or electronic.
    • We must receive your official paper transcripts in sealed, unopened envelopes.
    • Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred and faster! For details please see eTranscript California
    • NOTE: Please do not send identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!
  • If your current college or university is your degree school, have the final official transcript sent when the degree has been posted. Your final transcript will be used to verify that all course work and the degree you indicated as work in progress have been completed.
  • If you attended CSUN before 1992 and submitted official transcripts for transfer courses at that time, you must submit new transfer course transcripts.
  • If you are a returning student in good academic standing who has not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.
  • Send paper transcripts to the address listed in How to Apply above.

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.
  1. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and incomplete tasks such as missing transcripts. Helpful: How To Guides
  2. Check your CSUN email and myNorthridge Portal often for official communications. The university will stop sending email to your personal address. Helpful: Forwarding CSUN Gmail to Another Account
  3. Send us your official transcripts as explained above.

 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.

Admission Appeals

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