Academic advisement is essential to increase your opportunity to succeed academically and progress steadily toward your degree objective. Regular advisement will help you to:
- Transition smoothly from your previous school to Cal State Northridge
- Avoid pitfalls that can create obstacles in your student career
- Save time and money by selecting the courses you need at the right time
- Take all the necessary steps that will lead to a timely graduation
Advisement is required for:
- All first-time freshmen, starting with their initial enrollment at CSUN and continuing each semester until the completion of "GE Basic Skills" (see the current University Catalog and the Basic Skills Policy).
- Each semester for students in some majors
- Students on academic probation
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students in some majors
- Incoming international students in their first semester
- Student athletes
- AA-T and AS-T (Associate Degree for Transfer / STAR Act) students
Where to get advisement:
Schedule an advising appointment with an advisor:
Prepare for advisement with a checklist:
Choose classes wisely and graduate in good time with the degree planning tools. Use them to track your progress, select courses that meet major requirements, and plan future class schedules to reach your degree objective.
Your CSUN degree planning tools include:
Contact your academic advisor for assistance.
The Math Placement Test (MPT) or the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is required to enroll in certain lower division Math or Chemistry courses. However, you cannot take MPT or CPT until you pass the Entry Level Math (ELM) placement test or you are exempt.
For more information, select CPT, MPT or ELM from the CSUN Testing Center page On-Campus Exams.
Registration holds prevent students from enrolling in classes. Before registering, clear all holds.
To view holds: Log into myNorthridge and locate the "Incomplete Tasks" section of My Checklist. For help, see View Holds.
Avoid the “milestone" holds listed below by meeting with your advisor and developing a plan for completing your degree.
All freshmen will have an advisement hold and need to register for classes with their academic advisor. The advisement hold continues each semester until the student completes General Education (GE) Basic Skills. Students must complete GE Basic Skills within their first 60 units. Learn more at GE Basic Skills and Basic Skills Policy.
International Student Advisement
All incoming international students will have an advisement hold for their first semester at CSUN and will need to register for classes with assistance from a designated academic advisor. In subsequent semesters some majors may require academic advisement. If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have an advisement hold that will only be cleared when you meet with your academic advisor.
Transfer Student Major Advisement
CSUN policies will differ from those of your previous institution, so academic advisement is strongly encouraged for all transfer students. Some majors require it. If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have an advisement hold that will be cleared only when you meet with your advisor.
Immunization Requirements: Measles and Hepatitis B
By direction of the Chancellor, immunization for or immunity to Measles/Rubella is required during their first semester for all students born after January 1, 1957. Immunization for or immunity to Hepatitis B is required for all entering CSUN students age 18 or younger before they complete their second semester. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three shots and takes six months to complete. To view immunization requirements, the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see Klotz Student Health Center.
Declare Major by 60 Units
Students are expected to declare their major by the conclusion of the semester in which they complete 45 units. Students must declare their major by the conclusion of the semester in which they complete 60 units. (Transfer students must declare a major in their transfer application.)
Students who have not declared their major and have completed 60 units will not be able to register until they obtain academic advisement at the Advising Resource Center/EOP.
Please note that there are limits to the total number of units you can earn toward a double major, a major and a minor, or double minors. Learn more at Major and Minor Policy.
Graduation Advisement Hold - Bachelor's Degree
When you've completed 90 units and at least one semester in residence at CSUN, you'll receive an email to complete the online graduation application. Once you've successfully submitted the online application, you will receive a graduation advisement hold on your account for your graduation term.
- The graduation advisement hold will display in My Checklist as “Advising Mandatory.”
- If you completed the paper “Application for Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma,” you have already been advised and will not receive the graduation advisement hold.
To remove the hold:
- As soon as possible after submitting your online application, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to review your graduation plan.
- Use the Degree Progress Report/Planner to plan out the courses still needed to complete your bachelor’s degree. Print your DPR audit and plan and bring them with you to the meeting with your advisor.
Apply for Graduation before 130 Units
Undergraduate students should apply for graduation when they have earned 90 units. If students do not apply at that time, they will receive a "graduation advisement mandatory" (GAM) hold at 130 units and will not be able to enroll in classes for the following semester.
All coursework for majors and minors combined shall be completed within 140 units. Students who have accumulated over 140 earned units may be graduated administratively if they have completed all degree requirements in any major, whether or not they have declared that major.
Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE)
For Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) information including policy, test dates, online registration and preparation resources, visit the CSUN Testing Center.
Undergraduate students need to take the UDWPE no later than the semester in which they complete 75 units. Students who do not take the test by the completion of 75 units will have a registration hold placed on their future registration.
Undergraduate students who have an UDWPE registration hold and wish to appeal the policy for their situation may complete the paper Appeal for Extension of Time to Satisfy UDWPE Requirement (.pdf) or the online UDWPE Policy Appeal Web Form.
Graduate students must satisfy the UDWPE requirement in order to attain classified status and before completing 12 units in their formal program unless they previously passed the UDWPE as an undergraduate. Also see Graduate Policies.
Your Right to Know
All CSUN students—and college students throughout the United States—are required to take an online sexual misconduct and violence awareness and prevention course to promote a culture of respect. Called Title IX - Not Anymore, the online training is required for all new and continuing students as follows:
- New students take a longer, initial course once only.
- Continuing students take a short refresher course each fall.
All students will have a “Title 9 (T9)” registration hold that prevents enrollment until they complete the online training. You must complete the training before you can enroll in classes.
Helpful How-To Guide: Access Title IX Training
To take the training:
- Log into myNorthridge Portal with your CSUN user ID and password.
- Look for the “Title 9” registration hold in My Checklist under “Incomplete Tasks.”
- Select the “Not Anymore” link in the Student Records paragraph to complete the training, clear the “T9” hold, and enroll in classes.
This requirement is mandated nationally through the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. Read more at Title IX: Addressing Sexual Misconduct & Gender-Based Discrimination.
Finally, the training is an opportunity to think about a variety of gender-based social justice issues and to talk about the program with your peers. We understand that the content of the training may cause particular distress for some individuals. If due to such personal circumstances you would like to discuss alternative options for meeting the training requirement, please contact CSUN’s Campus Care Advocate, who is a confidential resource, at (818) 677-7492.