Prospective Students

Returning to CSUN: I am a returning undergraduate student

I am returning in good standing

Do I need to re-apply to CSUN?

If you have not enrolled at CSUN for three consecutive semesters, you must reapply for admission to the university. Not sure? Contact us at

Application Steps:

  1. Go to Cal State Apply and start your application. CSUN accepts undergraduate applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission to the following fall semester. For Fall 2021 only, the application deadline is December 15, 2020.
  2. Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. (If you have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.)

I was previously disqualified

Eligibility Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Previously disqualified undergraduate students (freshmen, transfers and second bachelor's) may only apply to return to the university in the fall semester. The Cal State Apply application opens October 1.

  1. You must demonstrate acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the university, including:
    • Successfully completing courses in your degree program at another institution or through the Tseng College (extended learning) at CSUN
    • Earning grades that demonstrate the ability to return to good academic standing in a reasonable timeframe if readmitted to CSUN
    You are strongly urged to meet with your CSUN academic advisor to discuss readmission requirements.
  2. Complete each of the 4 basic subject courses required for CSU general education with a grade of C- or better: Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication. (Students re-applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.)
  3. Before you apply, contact the CSUN College of your major to determine their specific readmission criteria.
  4. Complete the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records. To be considered for fall readmission, file your completed questionnaire on or before April 1.

How to Apply

1. Go to Cal State Apply and start your application. CSUN accepts undergraduate applications each year starting October 1 for admission to the following fall semester.

2. Submit your Cal State Apply application by the deadline, which depends on the semester you were disqualified:

Semester of DisqualificationApplication DeadlinePreviously Disqualified Questionnaire Deadline
Prior to Fall 2020December 15, 2020April 1, 2021
End of Fall 2020Request a Cal State Apply invitation code* by March 25 and apply before April 1, 2021.April 1, 2021
  • Disqualified prior to the fall 2020 semester:
    Submit the Cal State Apply application no later than December 15, 2020.
  • Disqualified at the end of the fall 2020 semester:
    Cal State Apply will be closed, so you’ll need to request an "invitation code" from Admissions and Records by March 25, 2021 in order to submit your application by the April 1, 2021 deadline.

*To request the invitation code:
a) Email your request to before March 25, 2021
b) Use the subject line: PD request for Cal State Apply invitation code
c) Include the following information in the body of your email:

    • CSUN 9-digit student ID number
    • Your full name
    • Semester of disqualification
    • Your request for a Cal State Apply application invitation code

Important: Begin your application within seven (7) days of receiving the code from Admissions and Records.

3. Complete and submit the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (PDF) to the Office of Admissions and Records at the time you apply to the university (if possible) but no later than the April 1, 2021 deadline.

You may email the completed questionnaire and any attachments to, mail it for receipt by April 1, or deliver it in person during our business hours.

4. Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. (No transcripts are required if you have only taken courses in CSUN’s Tseng College since being disqualified.)

I have applied - Next Steps

Applications will be reviewed in the months following the application deadline. Initial admission decisions will be based on the information you reported on your application, the transcripts that you submit, and the academic qualifications of the applicant pool. Your admission decision will be available in your myNorthridge WebPortal as early as mid-March and thereafter.

After You Apply

  • Set up your myNorthridge WebPortal and CSUN email account. 
    1. Locate the “Activate CSUN user ID and Password” acknowledgment email sent to you by CSUN Admissions and Records after you submitted your application.
    2. Visit the CSUN login page and enter User ID and Password — which are listed in the acknowledgment email — and your birthdate and then click Activate.
    3. Once you select Activate, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
    4. Go back to the CSUN home page and select Log In.
    5. On the Account Authentication screen, enter your myNorthridge ID (which is listed in your acknowledgment email) in the myNorthridge/User Name field and the temporary password that you received in the email (which was sent to you after selecting Activate).
    6. Select Log In. For help, see account activation instructions.

Send Us Your Transcripts

  • Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since your last enrollment at CSUN.
  • Send preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts now. As soon as your in-progress course work is complete and grades are posted, send final transcripts.
  • All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official.
    • Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are preferred. Find instructions at eTranscript California.
    • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us.
    • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!
  • If your current college or university is your degree school, have the final official transcript sent when the degree has been posted. 
  • If you attended CSUN before 1992 and submitted official transcripts for transfer courses at that time, you must submit new transfer course transcripts.
  • If you are returning in good academic standing and have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.
  • Send paper transcripts to the address below.

Transcript Deadlines

Official transcripts must be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions & Records by the following due dates:

Fall Admission:

  • Preliminary transcript deadline for work in progress: February 15
  • Final transcript deadline: July 15
  • All course work must be completed by the end of the spring term before the fall semester in which you intend to enroll.

Send official transcripts to:
CSUN Office of Admissions and Records
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

I have been admitted - Next Steps

Congratulations on your readmission to CSUN! Completing these steps will start you on the path to rejoining the CSUN student body.

Step 1 - Submit Your Final Official Transcripts

Send your final, official transcripts as soon as your courses end and grades and degree (if applicable) are posted, but no later than the deadline for your semester of admission - by July 15 if you are applying for the fall semester and November 15 if you are applying for the spring semester. If sending paper transcripts, use the address below:

CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207

Save time! If you are transferring course work from a California community college, please see the instructions at eTranscript California.

Step 2 - Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

When deciding how to finance your CSUN education, account for your overall cost of attendance including basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books and personal expenses. Consider grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings and contributions from your family to make this investment affordable.

The CSUN Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website provides many resources for planning ways to finance your education.

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:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option to reduce errors and list CSUN's federal school code (001153) on your FAFSA.
  • By March 2, California residents need to submit a GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission to be considered for a Cal Grant.

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 to myMatador Scholarships and login with your CSUN User ID and Password.
  • Submit 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 and Scholarships 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, the Office of 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 your awarded aid. University Cash Services will send you an email and you may view the transactions in your student account.

Step 3 - Schedule an Academic Advisement Appointment

Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to set up your academic plan before enrolling in classes. Advisement depends on your academic college and major. 

Step 4 - Register for Classes

Look for your registration appointment in myNorthridge Portal under My Checklist. Clear any registration holds before registering.

Learn about self-service registration with these resources:

Step 5 - 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 6 - Update Your Contact Information

So that we can keep in contact, please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your mailing address, phone number, alternate email address, and emergency contacts in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Best wishes for your return to CSUN!