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Academic Standing

Academic standing determines a student's eligibility to enroll in the University through the regular enrollment process. Students can be in good academic standing, on academic notice (formerly academic probation), or in disqualified status.

Separate policies and procedures governing academic standing are in place for undergraduate, second bachelor’s degree, credential and graduate students.

  • For all students, academic standing is defined by the student's Grade Point Average (GPA). Both cumulative GPA and CSUN GPA are considered when calculating academic standing. Cumulative Total GPA includes course work transferred from other institutions as well as course work taken at CSUN. The CSUN GPA only includes course work taken at CSUN.
  • Tip: Your GPA appears on your unofficial transcript in myNorthridge Portal.

To maintain good academic standing and enrollment eligibility, students must maintain the following minimum GPA in both CSUN course work and cumulative total GPA for their class level:

Class Level


Undergraduate and second bachelor’s students


Post-baccalaureate students


Credential students


Joint master/credential students*


Graduate students in master's degree programs


*If you are enrolled as both a master and credential student and your GPA falls below 3.0, you may continue in the credential program provided that you maintain a 2.75 GPA.

Students on academic notice are eligible to enroll in CSUN classes through the regular enrollment process with restrictions.

Students who are disqualified or under disciplinary suspension are not considered in good standing and therefore are not routinely eligible to enroll. They may enroll in CSUN courses only through Open University in CSUN’s Tseng College. Please note the Open University unit limits that can be counted toward a CSUN degree.

For More Information

Please refer to the University Catalog academic notice and disqualification policies and procedures for your class level for topics such as:

  • GPA thresholds for academic notice and disqualification
  • Consequences of academic notice and disqualification
  • First and second disqualifications
  • Readmission and reinstatement to the university

Always consult with your academic advisor for questions on academic standing, academic notice and disqualification.