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First-Time Freshman: I Want to Apply

To support incoming students, all California State University campuses are currently being flexible with admission requirements. These adjustments may change as the pandemic context changes. For more information, visit High School Guidance for First-Time, First-Year Students.  

The admissions team at California State University, Northridge wants to make your application process as easy as possible. Keep reading to find out what you need to do.

California Resident Applicants

No matter what part of California you’re from, you’ll find a home at CSUN. Come visit our beautiful campus and discover why CSUN is one of the premier academic institutions in our state!

Fall freshman admissions

For fall 2022 only, the application deadline is December 15, 2021. Typically, CSUN accepts freshman applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall semester.

Am I a freshman?

You are considered a freshman if one of the following describes your situation:

  1. You have not yet graduated from high school but are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by spring of your senior year.
  2. You graduated from high school and received a diploma, but you have not taken any college courses following your high school graduation.
  3. You have earned a certificate for one of the California state high school proficiency exams — General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency test (HiSET), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

What do I need to apply for admission?

To be considered for admission, freshman applicants will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. You will be required to enter all completed courses as well as those currently in progress and those you plan to take in the future.
  • Social Security number, if you have one.
  • Your citizenship status.
  • Credit/debit card. The $70 application fee is due at the time of submission and can only be paid by credit/debit card. The online application will calculate your eligibility for an application fee waiver.
  • Annual income. If you are a dependent, then report your parents’ or guardian’s income. If you are independent, report your income.
  • If you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Program, you will be required to report your parents'/guardian’s educational and employment background and submit two letters of recommendation.

What classes do I need to take to qualify for admission?

You must successfully complete the college preparatory subject requirements listed below (known as “A-G” in California) with a grade of C- or better. Because of the pandemic, any credit/pass grades that you earned for A-G courses you took winter 2020 through summer 2021 will be accepted as satisfying this requirement. Starting fall 2021, you must take A-G courses for a letter grade and earn at least a C- grade.

A-G College Preparatory Subject Requirements

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years (algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra; 4 years recommended but not required)
  • Social Science/History: 2 years (1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government)
  • Science: 2 years (1 year biological science with lab and 1 year physical science with lab)
  • Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year (art, dance, drama/theater or music)
  • Electives: 1 year (selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or any other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "A-G" list)

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

The application period opens October 1. Cal State Apply

What qualifying eligibility index score do I need to earn to be admitted?

  1. All California State University (CSU) campuses use the Eligibility Index as part of the freshman admission decision.
    • The Eligibility Index is based on your high school grade point average (HSGPA) in all your college prep A-G classes. In some cases, points may be awarded through five (5) additional multifactor admission criteria.
    • CSUN does not currently require the SAT/ACT for admission. However, if you have taken the tests, please send us your scores to assist with placement in math and writing courses if you are admitted. AP, CLEP and IB scores are also helpful for placement.
  2. Calculating your eligibility index

    CSUN’s minimum eligibility index can be achieved in either of two ways:

    • If HSGPA is 2.65 or better: A-G HSGPA x 1,000
    • If HSGPA is less than 2.65: A-G HSGPA x 1,000 + (total multifactor eligibility points)
    • Examples:
      – If your HSGPA is 2.65 or better, multiply your GPA by 1,000. For example, the eligibility index for a 2.65 HSGPA is 2650.

      – If your HSGPA is less than 2.65, multiply your GPA by 1,000 and then add any points awarded for the multifactor criteria shown in the table below. For example, a student might have a HSGPA of 2.55, qualify for the Cal State Apply application fee waiver and have no parents who attended college. Therefore, add 2550 (GPA x 1,000) + 100 points (25 + 75), for an eligibility index of 2650.

       

    CSUN Multifactor Admission Criteria with Point Values
    Multifactor CriteriaPoint Calculation and Values
    CSU Admissions Requirement: High School GPA (HSGPA)
    • Calculation: A-G Subjects HSGPA x 1,000
    • Possible points, all freshmen: 2,000-4,000
    • Possible points, less than 2.65 HSGPA: 2,000-2,649
    CSU Admissions Requirement: A-G Subjects Course Work
    • Calculation: Earn 10 points per course taken above 30 semesters (15 courses).
    • Possible points: maximum 100 points
    Free and Reduced Lunch School (Underrepresented High School)
    • 25 Points – Attended a Free and Reduced Lunch School
    First Generation Student (Parent Education Factor)

    Parent/Guardian 1 and 2 education:

    • 75 Points – Some college, no college, or no degree
    Youth Services (Foster Youth)
    • 25 Points – Is a Ward of the Court, Foster Youth or Unaccompanied Youth
    Cal State Apply Application Fee Waiver
    • 25 Points – Received application fee waiver
  3. Local area eligibility index scores
    • Local area applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined Local Admission Area must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2650.
    • Non-local area applicants graduating from California high schools outside the defined Local Admission Area must meet a higher eligibility index. The eligibility index for this category changes annually.
  4. Competitive Majors. Some majors receive more applications than CSUN has spots to offer (the CSU calls this impaction). To qualify for admission to these majors, applicants must meet or exceed a higher eligibility index. Please see CSUN's impaction website to learn more about these majors.

Out-of-State Applicants

No matter what part of the country you’re from, you’ll find a home at CSUN. Come visit our beautiful campus and discover why CSUN is one of the premier academic institutions in California!

If you are a resident of one of the member U.S. states or territories of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, you can enjoy reduced non-resident tuition rates by participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Visit WUE at CSUN to learn more.

Fall freshmen admissions

For fall 2022 only, the application deadline is December 15, 2021. Typically, CSUN accepts freshman applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall semester.

Am I a freshman?

You are considered a freshman if one of the following describes your situation:

  1. You have not yet graduated from high school but are on track to graduate with a high school diploma by spring of your senior year.
  2. You graduated from high school and received a diploma, but you have not taken any college courses following your high school graduation.
  3. You have earned a certificate for one of these high school graduation equivalency exams: the General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or equivalent certificate awarded by other states.

What do I need to apply for admission?

To be considered for admission, freshman applicants will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. You will be required to enter all completed courses as well as those currently in progress and those you plan to take in the future.
  • Social Security number, if you have one.
  • Your citizenship status.
  • Credit/debit card. The $70 application fee is due at the time of submission and can only be paid by credit/debit card.

What classes do I need to take to qualify for admission?

You must successfully complete the college preparatory subject requirements listed below (known as “A-G” in California) with a grade of B or better. Because of the pandemic, any credit/pass grades that you earned for A-G courses you took winter 2020 through summer 2021 will be accepted as satisfying this requirement. Starting fall 2021, you must take A-G courses for a letter grade and earn at least a B grade.

A-G College Preparatory Subject Requirements

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years (algebra, geometry and intermediate algebra; 4 years recommended but not required)
  • Social Science/History: 2 years (1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government)
  • Science: 2 years (1 year biological science with lab and 1 year physical science with lab)
  • Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year (art, dance, drama/theater or music)
  • Electives: 1 year (selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts or any other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "A-G" list)

No coursework taken after graduation will be accepted to meet fall admission requirements.

The application period opens October 1. Cal State Apply

What qualifying eligibility index score do I need to earn to be admitted?

  1. All California State University (CSU) campuses use the Eligibility Index as part of the freshman admission decision.
    • The eligibility index is normally the combination of your high school grade point average (HSGPA) and SAT/ACT test score. However, because the SAT/ACT requirement is temporarily suspended, out-of-state applicants will be given admission consideration based solely on their HSGPA in the A-G subjects.
    • CSUN does not currently require the SAT/ACT for admission. However, if you have taken the tests, please send us your scores to assist with placement in math and writing courses if you are admitted. AP, CLEP and IB scores are also helpful for placement.
  2. Calculating your Eligibility Index

    Multiply your high school GPA for the A-G subjects (or equivalents) by 1,000:

    A-G subject HSGPA x 1,000

  3. Non-resident (out-of-state) applicants graduating from high schools outside of California must possess a minimum eligibility index of 3000 (or HSGPA of 3.0) in the A-G subjects.

International Applicants