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First-Time Freshman: I have been admitted

Fall Admitted First-Time Freshman

Congratulations on your admission to CSUN! Completing these steps will start you on the path to becoming a student at CSUN.

Step 1 — Complete the Intent to Register Process

Reserve your place in the fall class by submitting all of the following items to the Office of Admissions no later than the deadlines listed below. If all of the items are not received or postmarked by the date listed, your offer of admission will be canceled.

May 1 — Intent to Register Deadline

Accept the offer of admission and submit your online Intent to Register. Accept the offer of admission and submit the online Intent to Register by going to your myNorthridge Portal and completing the intent to enroll process:

  1. Go to myNorthridge Portal link.
  2. Log in with your CSUN User ID and Password.
  3. Click the “Applicant” tab.
  4. In the “My Status” box, select “Intent to Register” and accept your offer of admission!

Step 2 — Submit Your Final Transcripts


July 15 — Final Official Transcript Deadline

Request official transcripts be sent to CSUN. You must request that official transcripts, on the high school or college's official letterhead, be sent directly from your school to the CSUN Office of Admissions and Records either electronically or in a sealed envelope. Please be sure to include:

  • Official high school transcript(s), including spring grades and high school graduation date. If you have attended more than one high school, you must submit official transcripts from all high schools attended.
  • Official college transcripts for courses taken while in high school, including spring grades. Please see "electronic transcripts" below.

No summer work after graduation will be accepted to meet fall admission requirements.

Transcript Tips

—Electronic transcripts

  • California community college transcripts: Please review eTranscript California.
  • Other high schools and colleges: In your school’s transcript ordering system, choose “CSU Northridge” as the recipient. If this option is not available, use as the recipient email address.
  • Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts.

—Paper transcripts

  • For high schools and colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, the school must send the transcripts in a sealed, unopened envelope directly to:

    California State University, Northridge
    Office of the Registrar
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Step 3 — Send Official Scores

Step 4 — Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Make a Plan

You and your family should take into account your overall cost of attendance, including basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books and personal expenses when deciding how you will finance your CSUN education. By combining grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings and contributions from your family, it is possible to make this investment affordable.

However, this will take careful planning and not all students will qualify for grants and scholarships. Please contact the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department for assistance on how to finance your education.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, refer to the Student Account Services website.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs and student loans) are awarded to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements.

To begin the financial aid application process:

Apply for CSUN Scholarships

CSUN scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application and essay. Review each scholarship's application requirements carefully.

To begin the CSUN scholarship application process:

  • Go my Matador Scholarships and login using your CSUN User ID and Password.
  • Apply by submitting a separate online application and essay for each scholarship for which you meet the eligibility requirements.

You will be notified of your eligibility by late spring. Check your myNorthridge portal regularly for your application and award status and the CSUN Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.

Apply for External Scholarships

Organizations other than CSUN award countless scholarships each year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Review the off-campus scholarships website for more information.

Guidelines for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and aid is awarded throughout the year based on available funding. Some grant funds are limited, so apply early and submit documents as soon as requested.

Your Financial Aid Award and Disbursement

Log in to myNorthridge to view your Financial Aid award. If you are registered for classes and your aid is available, University Cash Services will apply financial aid funds to any charges on your account and issue refunds for any remaining amount. Sign up for e-refund by early August to receive your refund amount via direct deposit.

When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due from basic tuition and fees and housing will be deducted automatically from the awarded aid. University Cash Services will send you an email and you may view the transactions in your student account.

Step 5 — Review Immunization Requirements

To promote public health and safety, the California State University (CSU) has long-established immunization requirements. Under the direction of the CSU Chancellor’s Office, students must meet the immunization standards by the end of their first and/or second semesters to avoid holds on class registration.

Find detailed requirements, updates and instructions at Klotz Student Health Center Immunizations, including:

  • A current list of required immunizations (Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 requirements will differ)
  • A tutorial on how to upload proof of immunization or immunity through CSUN’s “myHealth Patient Portal”
  • Requirements for students enrolled in health care fields of study or teacher education programs


Step 6 — Get Ready for your Advising Appointment

Please note, the Matador Advising Hub will contact you to schedule your advisement appointment to help you select your fall 2021 class schedule or courses. 

Matador Advising Hub: Advisement for most first-year freshmen. See below for exceptions.

    • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP): Incoming EOP freshmen are served by the Student Services Center/EOP Satellite housed in their respective academic college. Exploratory EOP students are served by the Advising Resource Center/EOP Satellite.
    • Liberal Studies ITEP Freshman: ITEP students are served by the Liberal Studies Program. Students majoring in all other options of Liberal Studies are served by the Matador Advising Hub throughout their first year at CSUN.
    • Matador Achievement Center: Academic advisement for student athletes.

Step 7 — Pay Tuition and Fees

Tuition and other fees are due at the time you register but no later than the deadlines in the fee payment schedule.

To pay your fees by your fee payment deadline:

  1. Go to myNorthridge Portal,
  2. Select “Financial Matters” tab
  3. Select “My Financial Obligations” section
  4. Select “Make a payment”

Tuition and Other Fees Disclosure

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system-wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU-listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system-wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028-66028.6 of the Education Code).


Step 8 — Attend New Student Orientation (NSO)

You can register for NSO and learn more about dates, NSO schedules and other important information on the First-Time Freshmen Orientation website