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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 Community College Guidance for Incoming Transfers

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

California Resident Applicants

Fall upper-division transfer admission

For fall 2022 only, the application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. Typically, CSUN accepts upper-division transfer applications each year between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 for admission to the following fall semester. 

Am I an upper-division transfer student?  

An upper-division transfer applicant has completed at least 60 transferable units and met the standard CSU requirements described below. CSUN does not currently accept lower-division transfer applications.

I plan to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer  

Unlike regular AA or AS degrees, the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) earned at a California community college come with certain guarantees for easier transfer and faster degree completion at the California State University. Confirm that your AA-T/AS-T major is approved for transfer to CSUN by reviewing the list at ADT Applicant & California Promise.

What materials do I need to apply for admission? 

  • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. You will be required to enter online all courses you have completed, those currently in progress and those you plan to take before attending CSUN. All courses required for admission must be completed by the end of the spring term. No summer coursework will be considered for admission purposes.
  • Test Scores. Report results from Advancement Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams you may have taken. Send official AP and CLEP score reports to CSUN using school code 4707. Request and send paper transcripts for IB.

Note: Due to the pandemic, CSUN will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for spring 2020 and spring 2021 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4 or 5 are earned — regardless of the test delivery method.

  • 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, report your parents' income. If you are independent, report your income.
  • If you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Programs, you will be required to report your parent's/guardian’s educational and employment background and submit two letters of recommendation. 

The application period opens Oct. 1. Cal State Apply

What are the upper-division transfer eligibility requirements? 

Complete all requirements by the end of the spring term following when you applied for admission. No summer coursework you complete after you apply will be considered for admission. 

All upper-division transfer students need to meet the minimum criteria listed below:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a GPA of 2.0 or better.
  2. Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session.
  3. Have completed each of the CSU General Education courses (known as the “Golden Four” or “Basic Skills”) in Writing, Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning), Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication with a grade of C- or better. Students applying as engineering or computer science majors do not need to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.
  4. Submit all official college transcripts, including preliminary (work-in-progress) and final transcripts with grades posted, to Admissions & Records before the deadline. Please note:
  • Electronic transcripts:
    • If possible send your California community college transcripts with eTranscript California.
    • For other colleges, choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient in your school's transcript ordering system. If this option is not available, use admissions.records@csun.edu as the recipient email address.
  • Paper transcripts must be received in sealed, unopened envelopes. If your previous schools do not send electronic transcripts, ask them to send your official transcripts directly to us at:

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

    • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts!

    Admission is provisional until all eligibility requirements and deadlines have been met, including those for applicants affected by campus impaction and impacted majors.

    Out-of-State Applicants

    No matter what part of the country you’re from, you’ll find a home here 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 nonresident tuition rates by participating in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Learn more at WUE at CSUN.

    Fall Upper-Division Transfer Admission

    For fall 2022 only, the application deadline is Dec. 15, 2021. CSUN accepts upper-division transfer applications each year between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 for admission to the following fall semester.

    Who is an upper-division transfer student?  

    An upper-division transfer applicant has completed at least 60 transferable units and met the standard CSU requirements described below. CSUN does not currently accept lower-division transfer applications.

    What materials do I need to apply for admission? 

    • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. You will be required to enter online all courses you have completed, those currently in progress and those you plan to take before attending CSUN. All courses required for admission must be completed by the end of the spring term. No summer coursework will be considered for admission purposes.
    • Test Scores. Report results from Advancement Placement (AP)College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams you may have taken. Send official AP and CLEP score reports to CSUN using school code 4707. Request and send paper transcripts for IB.

    Note: Due to the pandemic, CSUN will honor all existing transferable credit articulation for spring 2020 and spring 2021 AP exams on which scores of 3, 4 or 5 are earned — regardless of the test delivery method.

    • 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.
    • Annual income. If you are a dependent, report your parents' income. If you are independent, report your income.
    • If you are applying to the Educational Opportunity Programs, you will be required to report your parent's/guardian’s educational and employment background and submit two letters of recommendation.

    The application period opens Oct. 1. Cal State Apply

    What are the upper-division transfer eligibility requirements? 

    Complete all requirements by the end of the spring term following when you applied for admission. No summer coursework you complete after you apply will be considered for admission.

    All upper-division transfer students need to meet the minimum criteria listed below:

    1. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
    2. Be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session.
    3. Complete each of the CSU General Education courses in Writing, Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning), Critical Thinking, and Speech Communication with a grade of C- or better. Students applying as Engineering or Computer Science majors do not have to complete Critical Thinking prior to admission.
    4. Submit all official college transcripts, including preliminary (work-in-progress) and final transcripts with grades posted, to Admissions & Records before the deadline.
      • Electronic transcripts: In your school’s transcript ordering system, choose “CSU Northridge” as the recipient. If this option is not available, use admissions.records@csun.edu as the recipient email.
      • Paper transcripts: For colleges that do not supply electronic transcripts, have the school send official transcripts in a sealed, unopened envelope directly to:

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

    Admission is provisional until all eligibility requirements and deadlines have been met, including those for applicants affected by campus impaction and impacted majors.

    International Applicants