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Apply Upper Division Transfer Student Nonresident


Applications for Fall 2018 admission will be accepted starting October 1, 2017. Please review the admission information at Apply - Upper Division Transfer Student.


For Spring 2018, CSUN will consider upper-division transfer applicants who meet the admission eligibility requirements in the following category:

  • Nonresidents of California (other than international applicants).  Please review the instructions on this page.
  • International transfer students: Find requirements and deadlines at International Applicants.

California residents who will have earned a verifiable Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) from a California community college in a major that CSUN has approved for transfer may apply for Fall 2018 admission as early as October 1, 2017. Read more at transfer applicant.

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Upper Division Transfer Student 

You are an upper division transfer student if you have met all the upper division transfer student eligibility requirements listed below. (CSUN is not currently accepting applications from lower division transfer students.)

Upper Division Transfer - Eligibility Requirements

Be sure to complete eligibility requirements within the following time frame for admission to:

  • Spring 2018: Complete requirements by the end of the fall 2017 term.

All upper division transfer students need to meet all the 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;
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have completed the CSU General Education Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking and Speech Communication courses with a C or better*; and
  • Submit all official college transcripts, including work now in progress, to Admissions and Records.

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

How to Apply

  1. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the Admissions Calendar. You should apply during the initial filing period, but applications will be accepted through September 8, 2017. 
  2. Select a major from the CSUN Catalog. Declare a major when applying; "undecided" is not available.
  3. Complete the online application at Cal State Apply.
  4. Remit the $55 nonrefundable CSU application fee online. The fee must be paid to submit the application.

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 official transcripts (see below).
  5. If you are admitted, file your “Intent to Register” electronically no later than December 1, 2017. No deposit is required. See Admitted to CSUN.

Send Us Your Transcripts

Your official transcripts are needed to determine your admission eligibility. Soon after you apply to CSUN, send us 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 grades are posted

All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official:

  • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.
  • 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.
  • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper or electronic transcripts!

Transcript Deadlines

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

  • Spring 2018:  January 12, 2018

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

Application and Document Deadlines

Task or DocumentSpring 2018
Last day for CSUN to receive the application for admission

Extended through September 8, 2017 

Send college transcripts for completed work and work-in-progress (preliminary transcripts)As soon as possible after applying
Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge*December 1, 2017
Send final college transcripts showing completion of 60 units and the 4 basic subjects byJanuary 12, 2018

*If you are admitted after November 17, 2017, you will have 14 days from your admission date to file your Intent to Register for Spring 2018 classes. No deposit is required.