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Classroom Savvy

CSUN students listening to a lecture in a classroom.No matter what kind of bumps you may encounter as a college student, there's always someone to show you how to overcome the hurdles. CSUN offers a variety of resources to help you make the grade.

Advisement centers

CSUN’s academic advisors can help you choose a major or a minor, a course of study as well as individual classes. Academic advisement is mandatory if you're a first-time freshman. You will not be able to sign up for classes without it. Make an appointment with an advisor as soon as you can after being admitted. Advisement is also strongly recommended for first-time transfer students. Each of CSUN’s colleges has its own advisement center; typically, you'll work with the one in the college of your major.


Academic support services

The Learning Resource Center, located on the third floor of the University Library, offers tutoring in individual and group settings, supplemental courses, workshops, test prep sessions and more. You can find help in a variety of subjects such as biology, chemistry, economics, math, physics and writing. The Learning Resource Center also offers peer-facilitated group study sessions designed to help students master a variety of difficult subject matter.

You may also contact your department; some offer their own tutoring programs.

Finding your classes

To find the location of a class you’ve registered for, log in to your myNorthridge Portal, select the Academics tab and view your current class schedule. Your schedule will include both the building name and the room number. You can also go to the Academics Quick Links (also located under the Academics tab) and select the Search for Classes icon. Choose the term, session type and subject or department you need, then select Quick Search. After a list of classes is generated, look for the course you want. Select the green arrow next to the course name, then click the link under the category Loc (Map).

Before registering for classes, get to know the CSUN campus. Sign up for an informational tour led by a University Ambassador student volunteer, or check out the virtual tour available on the official CSUN mobile app. You can also view and print out a map.

Where to study

Female CSUN Student Typing on a Laptop outside of Freudian Sip

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the University Library, features private study rooms that you can reserve online and group study resources, including whiteboards and collaborative study tables that allow you to connect portable devices to a large-screen monitor. Laptops and iPads are available for loan from the Technology Office, and there are multiple tech charging stations located throughout the library.

The Alumni Reading Lounge and other University Student Union (USU) study rooms (see the USU map for locations) offer a quiet atmosphere and comfortable seating, making them excellent spots for deep concentration. During finals week, the USU also hosts Up All Night, an all-night study fest with free massages, caffeinated beverages, brain food and games.

The second floor of the Sierra Center overlooks The Marketplace and features iMacs and laptop docking stations. Although not ideal for quiet reading, the space has plenty of tables and chairs for lively group discussions.

The outdoor tables at Freudian Sip are also popular with students who don't mind a bit of background noise and enjoy fueling up with a cup of Joe.


Buying textbooks

You can find out which textbooks and course materials you need for your classes at the CSUN Campus Store or on the myNorthridge Portal. Log in to your portal, go to the Academics tab and select the Buy/Rent Textbooks icon in the Academics Quick Links. After you place an order, pick it up in person at the Campus Store or have it shipped to you. You can also print out your class schedule, take it to the bookstore and ask an employee to help you find your textbooks.

To save money, consider buying used books or renting them. For rentals, just remember to return them before the rental period expires at the end of the semester. You are free to highlight and make notations in rented textbooks; however, they must be returned in re-rentable condition.

Downloadable electronic books are also available, often at a savings of up to 50 percent. Visit the campus store online or in person to find out whether there is a downloadable e-book version of the textbook you need. To contact the campus store, call (818) 677-2932 or email

International students/studying abroad

Find out about opportunities to study abroad, or make connections with international students and support resources at the International and Exchange Student Center.