The special enrollment programs described here are listed in alphabetical order. Before you enroll in courses at another school, consult your home campus academic advisor to determine how such courses may fulfill your specific degree program requirements. Additionally, if you are receiving financial aid, see Special Groups.
The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program was established through the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (California Senate Bill 1440). The ADT is designed especially for transfer from the California Community Colleges to the California State University (CSU). The ADT can be earned in the arts (an AA-T) or the sciences (an AS-T).
California community college students who have earned a verified ADT in a major that has been approved for transfer by the CSU campus they plan to attend will:
- Receive priority admission to the CSU
- Be guaranteed junior standing as long as they meet all admission eligibility requirements
- Be able to complete the approved major and bachelor's degree in only 60 additional units
Before applying for admission to California State University, Northridge with an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T), verify that the community college major you've chosen matches one at CSUN.
Undergraduate students enrolled at CSUN may enroll without formal admission and without payment of an additional Tuition Fee in one course each academic term at a campus of the University of California or participating campuses of the California Community Colleges on a space available basis. Before cross-enrolling, confirm that the host campus is participating in the California Cross Enrollment Program. For a Cross Enrollment application and instructions, see Student Forms. Financial Aid recipients, see Special Groups.
Starting fall 2017, students admitted to CSUN with a verifiable Associate Degree for Transfer are invited to participate in the California Promise Program and take the Two-Year Pledge to complete their bachelor’s degree in two more college years at a rate of 30 units per year including summer and winter terms.
Participants will receive priority registration for each state-supported enrollment period along with routine and thorough academic advisement. For program details, requirements, qualifications and the pledge form, visit CSUN’s California Promise Program.
Undergraduate students may be simultaneously registered at CSUN and another accredited institution if the combined enrollment does not exceed 16 units. Students enrolling concurrently should be aware of the policies governing acceptance of transfer credits. Concurrent enrollment at another institution should not be confused with the "Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment Program" offered among the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses. Read more under "I" below. For procedures and regulations, contact the Office of Admissions and Records.
The “CSU Fully Online Courses” Program allows matriculated students at any CSU campus to enroll in one fully-online course per term at any other CSU campus to provide access to the classes they need to graduate. Students are enrolled at their home campus and a host campus at the same time.
Credit earned in the CSU host campus' fully-online course is automatically reported to your home campus and included in your student academic record. Before enrolling in an online course at another CSU, check with your academic advisor to determine how the course can apply to your degree requirements.
- Check your eligibility and browse the hundreds of fully-online classes offered by the 23 campuses at CSU Fully Online Courses. Note the enrollment dates for each campus.
- CSUN students: Because many CSU fully-online courses may be closed when you enroll, select a few options before logging into myNorthridge Portal to request enrollment from the host campus. In your portal, only open courses with seats available will display. For help, see the guide How to Enroll in CSU Fully Online Courses.
- Visiting CSU students enrolling in a fully-online class at CSUN, please:
CSUN Connections is a partnership between California State University, Northridge (CSUN), LA Mission College, LA Pierce College and LA Valley College to streamline student transfer across these four institutions in order to help eligible undergraduates reach a degree more efficiently. Also known as “reverse transfer,” CSUN Connections allows students to transfer credits earned at CSUN to one of the three partnering community colleges to complete an associate degree before returning to CSUN.
Students who may have gotten off-track can benefit from two distinct CSUN Connections pathways:
- Claim What You’ve Earned – For students who can combine their CSUN course work with credits earned across multiple colleges and universities to receive an associate degree at a partnering community college, either right away or in just a few more units.
- Reroute to Success – For first-time freshmen who have been disqualified from CSUN. Students who go on to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) at a partnering community college will be guaranteed readmission to CSUN.
For the name of the special academic advisor at each school, pathway links, and FAQs, please visit CSUN Connections.
The California State University (CSU) system recently enacted a policy known as "Early Start," requiring incoming first-time freshmen who need additional academic support and skills development in mathematics/quantitative reasoning and/or written communication based on CSU system-wide placement standards. The goals of Early Start are to better prepare students in math and writing before their first semester and thereby improve their opportunity to successfully complete a college degree. Read more at CSU Early Start Program at CSU, Northridge.
Students interested in enrolling in courses after completing their bachelor's degree at CSUN must file a university application for graduate admission. There is a $55.00 fee for processing the admission application. Admission to graduate programs is selective. Students interested in a particular program should seek advice from the graduate coordinator of the program they plan to enter, or from the CSUN Credential Office, and apply during the filing periods published in the Admissions Calendar.
The California State University International Programs (CSU IP) offers opportunities for full-time students to pursue their studies abroad at affiliated host institutions in one of 18 countries. CSU IP participants are concurrently enrolled at CSUN, where they earn resident academic credit for their overseas studies. To be eligible, students must be enrolled at a CSU campus (or be eligible to enroll from a California Community College), have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 depending on the program, have upper division or graduate standing by departure, and have the necessary academic preparation including college-level foreign language study for some countries.
To learn more and sign up for a workshop, contact the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC), University Student Union Building C, at (818) 677-3053; or visit the IESC website at Study Abroad. Read about transferring course work at Before You Study Abroad.
Once accepted to CSU IP, students follow the instructions for fee payment forwarded to them by the CSU Office of International Programs. Contact IESC for more information. Financial Aid recipients, see Special Groups.
The Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment program permits students to enroll in classes on a space-available basis at CSUN and another CSU campus simultaneously. There is no limit to the number of times a student may enter this program as long as an application is filed each semester within the application deadlines outlined by the host campus. For an Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment application and instructions, go to the Student Forms website. Financial Aid recipients, see Special Groups.
Note: Participating CSU students pay their tuition and other fees at their home campus. Incoming CSU students wishing to enroll in CSUN classes through Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment should apply during CSUN's Application Filing Periods.
The Intrasystem Visitor Program allows continuing CSUN students to enroll in one term at another CSU campus. Outgoing CSUN students should make arrangements with the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records within the application deadlines outlined by the host campus. For an Intrasystem Visitor Program application and instructions, go to the Student Forms website. Financial Aid recipients, see Special Groups.
Note: Participating CSU students pay their tuition and other fees at their host campus. Incoming CSU students wishing to enroll in CSUN classes through the Intrasystem Visitor Program should apply during CSUN's Application Filing Periods.
The National Student Exchange (NSE) provides full-time CSUN students with an opportunity to attend one of more than 190 other colleges and universities across the United States, U.S. territories and some Canadian provinces, usually at a cost similar to what they would pay to attend CSUN. NSE offers students the opportunity to experience college life and course work in a new location for a semester or year, to live in another regional culture, and to travel. If eligible, students can apply for Financial Aid. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for NSE if they are currently enrolled, attend full-time, and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students may apply at all undergraduate class levels (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior). Graduate students should discuss NSE with their graduate program coordinator.
To learn more and sign up for a workshop, CSUN students should contact the International & Exchange Student Center, University Student Union Building C, at (818) 677-3053; or visit the IESC website at National Student Exchange.
Incoming NSE students to CSUN who have been accepted on Plan A (paying CSUN's tuition and other fees) will be able to view their student account information and financial aid online in myNorthridge when they activate their CSUN user ID and password. Incoming and outgoing NSE students receiving financial aid should review CSUN's NSE Financial Aid information.
Individuals who have not been formally admitted to CSUN may enroll in regular classes as Open University students through the Tseng College of Extended Learning by obtaining a permission number from the instructor or academic department after classes begin. Please note that the number of units that may be taken as a non-matriculated student and applied toward a degree is limited and varies for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit University Access.
High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, if first recommended by the principal and the appropriate CSU campus department chair, and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment. Applications and instructions are available at Student Forms. For program availability and application deadlines, please check CSUN's Admissions Calendar.
Please note: The Talented High School Program is CLOSED for Fall 2019 and the foreseeable future. The program relied on grant funding, which is not currently available.
Student veterans seeking education allowances under provisions of any Veterans Act must be eligible with the Veterans Administration to receive benefits. All students wishing to draw benefits who are enrolled for any term must have their current program on file with the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office. This rule applies each time you register with the University. For additional information, visit the Veterans Affairs Office in Bayramian Hall 160, or call (818) 677-5928.
Veteran's dependent. Visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs College Fee Waiver website for eligibility requirements and an application. Once approved, submit the Waiver Authorization letter to the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office. Pay all mandatory campus-based fees (if applicable) at University Cash Services before the payment deadlines. Veterans' dependents will be responsible for all applicable mandatory campus-based fees except for the Tuition Fee. For more information, contact the CSUN Veterans Affairs Office.
Military/ROTC and State and Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation financial aid and sponsorship information is available at:
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a participating member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level (150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition).
If you are a resident of one of the WUE participating member states and you are interested in attending CSUN at the reduced tuition level, please:
- Verify that your major is eligible for the WUE rate
- Review eligibility requirements and conditions for enrollment
- Complete the WUE Contract Form
For more information including a list of participating states and eligible majors, see WUE at CSUN.