For an overview of admissions requirements, select one of the student groups below. Please visit the Admissions and Records website for more detailed information and important deadlines. Some colleges or programs may require supplemental materials for admission.
Send your official preliminary high school transcript to CSUN as soon as you complete the first semester of your high school senior year.
To be considered for admission as a first-time freshman, you must:
- File an application during the initial filing period. Be sure to file before the deadlines published on the admissions calendar.
- Graduate from a high school or equivalent by the end of your spring term.
- Have completed each of the courses outlined in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements (known as A-G) with a grade of C or better. For your reference, the courses and required number of years are listed below.
- Social science or history: two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government
- English: four years
- Mathematics: three years (four years recommended), including Algebra 1, geometry and Algebra 2
- Laboratory science: two years, including one biological and one physical science
- Foreign language: two years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
- Visual and performing arts: one year of art, dance, drama or music
- College-preparatory electives: one year selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science or history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or agriculture
- Ensure your SAT or ACT scores are received by the Admissions and Records office at CSUN. For SAT test dates and registration, visit the College Board website or consult your high school counselor. For ACT test dates and registration, visit the American College Testing website or consult your high school counselor.
- Earn a qualifiable eligibility index. The CSU statewide Eligibility Index Table is a weighted combination of your grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the SAT or ACT. All grades earned in A-G college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades are used to calculate your GPA.
- Local applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined local guarantee admissions area must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2,900, if using the SAT, or 694, if using the ACT.
- Nonlocal applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined local guarantee admissions area must meet a higher eligibility index. The minimum Eligibility Index to be given admission consideration for the SAT or ACT is to be determined [TBD].
- Note: The academic characteristics of the non-local area freshman applicant population will determine the Eligibility Index cut-off, which may vary. Space permitting, non-local area applicants who achieve the higher eligibility index will be admitted first, until the freshman class is full. Learn more at Freshman Impaction.
- Update: In mid-February 2015, the University determined that non-local area applicants graduating from California schools outside the defined Local Admission Area (Tier 2) will not be accepted for Fall 2015 due to the high number of eligible applicants from schools inside the defined Local Admission Area. For more information, please see Freshman Impaction.
- Nonresidents of California will find Eligibility Index requirements at Cal State Apply.
- SAT (scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school grade point average)
- (10 x ACT composite score without the writing score) + (200 x high school grade point average)
To be considered for admission as a transfer student, you must:
- Complete at least 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including the four basic subjects (written communications, critical thinking, speech and college-level math)
- Be in good standing at the last college or university you attended
All documents and transcripts should be sent to:
To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet one of the three requirements below.
- Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted
- Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted at all postsecondary institutions attended — the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation
- Have a post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution
Applications for master’s programs that meet university requirements for admission will be reviewed by the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether you meet the program requirements for admission. Some departments may require a separate departmental application.
For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed on the Research and Graduate Studies website.
Students who meet both departmental and university requirements will be admitted as either conditionally classified or classified graduate students.
Conditionally classified or classified graduate students may enroll in 500- and 600- level courses; however, some programs limit enrollment to classified students. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction as identified by the department graduate coordinator and described in the University Catalog’s “Courses of Study” section.
To apply for admission to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing the admissions requirements for either the doctoral program in educational leadership or physical therapy. Complete the online Cal State Apply application only after you’ve been accepted to a doctoral program.
You are considered a first-time freshman if you are applying to a bachelor's degree program and have not completed any postsecondary coursework at a college or university. International first-time freshmen must complete the equivalent of a high school diploma and earn minimum GPA and TOEFL/IELTS scores. For more information on admissions requirements visit CSUN International Admissions.
You are considered a transfer student if you have completed postsecondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States.
If you are already attending an accredited two-year college in California, you may be interested in the following transfer student opportunities:
- Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College to a California State University (CSU)
- Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) at selected public and private colleges in California
You are considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student if you have completed a postsecondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and are eligible to apply for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at CSUN. International graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program Below are the admissions requirements for international post-baccalaureate or graduate students. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements , including TOEFL/IELTS scores.
International applicants who are in the process of completing, or have completed, a post-secondary degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree may pursue a second bachelor’s degree in an approved major at CSUN.
- The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree.
- Applications for second bachelor's degrees in all majors are strictly limited at this time.
- All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a graduate program better meets their needs. Read about the majors that CSUN offers and find department contact information in the University Catalog.
Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements.
International students who have completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester and those wishing to return after a disqualification in their last semester at CSUN may apply for readmission. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements.
Domestic students with transcripts from abroad (students with "mixed records") do not require a student visa (F-1 or J-1), but some individuals may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another acceptable exam. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students must meet the same admissions requirements as other students. You may view specific admissions requirements by selecting "Future Freshmen," "Transfer Students" or any of the other student groups. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students must also submit a supplemental application. See the "How to Apply" area in the "Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students" section for details about the supplemental application process.
You may review application deadlines on the Admissions and Records website.
The Tseng College and Other Students
Open University at The Tseng College
- Only nonmatriculated students (those who have not been admitted to a degree program) are eligible for the Open University program.
- Ineligible students include matriculated students (those enrolled in a CSUN degree program), those under disciplinary suspension and students disqualified for the third time from CSUN.
- Students with a registration hold on their CSUN record must clear the hold before registering through Open University, or the system will block registration.
- Courses with prerequisites are listed as such in the current University Catalog. Students must meet academic prerequisites before enrolling.
- You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
- You must have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
- You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation. Lower-division or extension courses taken after obtaining a bachelor's degree will be excluded from the calculation, except for upper-division courses taken while simultaneously enrolled at CSUN.
Second bachelor of arts or science
Second Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Must have an acceptable baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate independent of when the degree was granted
- Must have an acceptable baccalaureate degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted from all postsecondary institutions attended (the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation)
- Must have an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution