Prospective Students

Transfer Student: I have been admitted

Fall Admitted Upper Division Transfer

Congratulations on your admission to CSUN! Completing these steps will start you on the path to becoming a student at CSUN. Reserve your place in the fall or spring class by submitting all of the following items to the Office of Admissions no later than the deadlines listed in the steps below. If all items are not received or postmarked by the date listed, your offer of admission may be canceled.

Step 1 — File Your Intent to Register

Intent to Register Deadlines

Accept our offer of admission and file your online Intent to Register by the fall and spring deadlines in the table below:

Intent to Register Deadlines
Semester of AdmissionDeadline to File Intent
Fall admissionMay 1
Spring admissionDec. 1

How to file your Intent to Register

Log in to the CSUN Portal to file your intent as follows:

  1. Go to the CSUN Portal.
  2. Log in with your CSUN user ID and password.
  3. In My Checklist under the My Status heading, select the Intent to Register link and accept your offer of admission!

Filing your Intent to Register is free. If you plan to attend CSUN, do it today!

Step 2 — Submit Your Final Official Transcripts

Send your final, official transcripts as soon as your courses end and grades 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 by Jan. 17 if you are applying for spring admission. 

Transcript Tips

  • Electronic transcripts:
    • California community college transcripts: Save time with eTranscript California.
    • Other colleges: In your school’s transcript ordering system, choose “CSU Northridge” as the recipient.
    • Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts.
  • Paper transcripts: For 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

Optional Test Scores

Send official test scores before the deadline for any Advancement Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams you may have taken. Have official AP and CLEP score reports sent to CSUN electronically using school code 4707. Request and send paper transcripts for IB.

Transcript and Test Score Deadlines
Transcript TypeFall  AdmissionSpring  Admission
Official preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts are due:Feb. 15Oct. 3
Official final transcripts are due:July 15Jan. 17
Optional AP, CLEP and/or IB test scores are due:July 15Jan. 17

Step 3 — 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 help with planning how to finance your education.

For the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees, refer to the Student Finance - University Cash 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 throughout the academic year.

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) as soon as possible. TIPS:
    • Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option to reduce errors.
    • Add CSUN's federal school code 001153 to your FAFSA college list.
    • The FAFSA and CADAA applications open Oct. 1 for the coming school year.
  • If you’ve already submitted a FAFSA or CADAA application, log in to your account to add CSUN’s federal school code 001153 to the list of colleges you want to receive your information. Helpful: How do I add a college to my FAFSA form?
  • It helps to submit your FAFSA and CADAA applications by March 2 each year for priority consideration in the coming fall and spring, but you can request aid at any time, and aid can be awarded all year long.

To apply for a Cal Grant:

  • If you are a California resident applying for a new Cal Grant from the California Student Aid Commission, you must submit both the FAFSA or CADAA and your Cal Grant GPA Verification Form by March 2 to be considered for an award in the coming fall and spring school year.
  • You can apply for a Cal Grant at any time, however. Visit Cal Grant FAQs to learn more.
  • If you already have a Cal Grant and want to renew it, you don’t have to complete the GPA Verification Form again. Just be sure to add CSUN’s federal school code 001153 to your FAFSA or CADAA application.

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 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 CSUN Portal regularly for your application and award status and the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department 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 the CSUN Portal 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 eRefund 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 to view the transactions in your student account.

Step 4 — 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
  • 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

Resources:

Step 5 — Schedule an Academic Advising 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. 

Note: If you are a member of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community, you will be advised by both the appropriate academic advisor and the National Center on Deafness (NCOD): Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

Step 6 — Register for Classes

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

Learn about self-service registration with these resources:

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.

How to Pay Your Fees

  1. Log in to the CSUN Portal.
  2. In the list of links below the Top Tools icons, select Make a Payment.
  3. On the Student Account Information page, review your Current Balance Outstanding.
  4. Select CSUN Payment button.

For additional information regarding fee payment, download the Important Fee Payment Requirements (PDF) document. It's updated each term.

Please be aware of the student disclosure regarding the Schedule of Tuition and Other Fees.

Step 8 — Attend New Student Orientation (NSO)

As a first-year transfer student, you'll want to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), an orientation program designed to set incoming Matadors up for success.

You can register for NSO and learn more about dates, NSO schedules and other important information at Transfer Orientation.

  • Fall NSO details will be published in June.
  • Spring NSO details will be published once the fall semester is well underway. 

Please check the Transfer Orientation page for updates.