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General Information

  • Fall 2020: Apply between October 1-November 30, 2019.
  • Spring 2021: CSUN is not accepting resident or nonresident (out-of-state) transfer applications for Spring 2021 admission. The next available application filing period is Fall 2021, which opens October 1, 2020.
  • International transfer students should check requirements and deadlines at International Applicants.
  • Student military veterans should check requirements at Veterans Affairs & Admissions.


All upper-division transfer students may apply for Fall 2020 admission from October 1 through November 30, 2019. Please see the requirements and procedures below, and review Impaction Information.

Are you an upper-division transfer student?  An upper-division transfer applicant has completed at least 60 transferable units and met the standard CSU requirements described below. CSUN does not currently accept lower-division transfer applications.

Will you earn an Associate Degree for Transfer?  Unlike regular AA or AS degrees, the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) earned at a California community college come with certain guarantees for easier transfer and faster degree completion at the California State University. Read more at ADT Applicant & California Promise.

Quick Navigation - Upper Division Transfer


CSUN admission is impacted for undergraduate students. California resident first-time transfer applicants must not only meet the minimum standard CSU admission criteria described on this page but also any supplementary criteria if they are affected by non-local area impaction and/or their desired major is impacted. Please see Transfer Impaction Criteria.

Upper Division Transfer - Standard Requirements

Complete the eligibility requirements within the following time frame for admission to:

  • Fall 2020: Complete all requirements by the end of the spring 2020 term. No summer 2020 course work will be considered for admission. 

All upper-division transfer students need to meet the minimum criteria listed below:

  • Have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better*; and
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session; and
  • Have completed each of the CSU General Education courses in Writing, Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning), Critical Thinking** and Speech Communication with a grade of C- or better; and
  • Submit all official college transcripts, including preliminary (work-in-progress) and final transcript with grades posted, to Admissions and Records before the deadline. Please see Send Us Your Transcripts below.

*A higher GPA could be required for non-local-area applicants from California. Please see Transfer Impaction Criteria.

**Students applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.

How to Apply

1. Apply for admission at Cal State Apply during the initial filing period published at Admissions Calendar. You must apply during the initial filing period.  If you have or will earn an Associate Degree for Transfer, confirm that your AA-T/AS-T major is approved for transfer to CSUN.

2. Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. Declare a major when applying; "undecided" is not available. If your desired major is impacted and you are a California applicant, you will need to meet any supplementary admission criteria for that major. Read more at impacted majors.

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

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

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. Helpful: How To Guides
  3. 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
  4. First send us your official preliminary (work-in-progress) transcripts and then your final official transcripts by the deadlines below.
  5. If you are admitted, you will need to file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than the following dates:
    • Fall 2020: As soon as possible. No deposit required. See also Admitted to CSUN.
    • Spring 2021: Not open for admission

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.

Send Us Your Transcripts

Your official transcripts are needed to determine your admission eligibility. After you apply for admission, send us official transcripts for all of the following:

  1. Test scores for AP, CLEP or IB exams you may have taken before applying to your previous college (not required but helpful). To order test scores, see:
    • Advanced Placement (AP) - Use CSUN college code 4707.
    • College Level Exam Program (CLEP) - Use CSUN college code 4707.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) - Request a paper transcript.
  2. All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended even if the course work was not completed
  3. All college courses in which you are currently enrolled (these are your preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts)
  4. Your final transcripts for work-in-progress as soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted*

*If you will earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), send us final, official transcripts showing completion of 60 transferable graded units, a minimum GPA of 2.00 or better, completion of the 4 basic subject requirements, and the AA-T or AS-T degree posted. All course work must be completed by the end of the spring 2020 semester.

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official:

  • Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred (and faster!) when we receive them through the eTranscript California system. Find instructions and the lists of participating community colleges at eTranscript California.
  • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.
  • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!

Transcript Deadlines

Official transcripts showing completion of 60 units and the 4 basic subjects must be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions and Records by the following due dates:

  • Fall 2020 admission
    • Preliminary transcript deadline for course work in progress: February 15, 2020
    • Final transcript deadline: July 15, 2020
    • All course work must be completed by the end of the spring 2020 term.

Send official transcripts to: 
CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Application and Document Deadlines

Task or DocumentFall 2020 Deadlines
Last day to apply for admission Cal State Apply.11/30/2019
Send official college transcripts for completed work and work-in-progress (preliminary transcripts).*02/15/2020*
Send official test scores if you have taken any AP, CLEP or IB exams (not required but helpful).As soon as possible
Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge05/01/2020
Complete all course work required for admission by the end of thespring 2020 term
Send final college transcripts showing completion of 60 units, the 4 basic subjects, and the AA-T/AS-T degree (if applicable)07/15/2020

*See the note about when to request electronic transcripts if you are transferring course work from any of the California community colleges in List 2 at eTranscript California.

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.