Future Freshmen

If you’re thinking about spending the next four years at CSUN, check out the admissions requirements and available majors below. You can always book a campus tour to get a better feel for life at CSUN.

A first-time freshman is a student who has not earned any college credit after the summer following high school graduation.

If you have already applied to CSUN, visit the Applicants page. If you have already applied to CSUN and have been admitted, visit the Admitted Students page.

Admissions requirements

With the growing number of students interested in pursuing education at California State University, Northridge, CSUN has updated freshman admissions criteria through the use of impaction. Impaction is a tool that California State University (CSU) campuses use to manage the number of students it admits. CSUN has implemented academic and regional impaction to align with CSU enrollment targets.

Some majors are impacted, including accountancy, athletic training, biology, cinema and television arts, finance, health administration, kinesiology, music, psychology, public health and radiologic sciences. (Some majors have additional entrance requirements.)

Requirements for local admissions area applicants

  • Completion of the following A-G college preparatory courses with grades of C or better.

A. Social science: 2 years
B. English: 4 years
C. Math: 3 years
D. Laboratory science: 2 years
E. Foreign language: 2 years
F. Visual and performing arts: 1 year
G. College preparatory elective: 1 year

  • Submission of SAT or ACT scores
  • The combination of SAT and GPA must meet the California State University eligibility index (2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT). To determine your GPA, use only the college preparatory courses listed above, and include only those taken after ninth grade. You may add extra points for honors-level courses. 

If you are using your SAT score, use the following formula to calculate your eligibility index: (GPA x 800) + SAT score (critical reading and math only) = eligibility index. 

If you are using your ACT score, use the following formula to calculate your eligibility index: (GPA x 200) + (10 x ACT composite score) = eligibility index.

 Requirements for nonlocal admissions area applicants

  • All of the above and a higher eligibility index score. The minimum eligibility index to be given admission consideration for the SAT or ACT is to be determined.
  • If you are applying for admission to a major with additional criteria, you must also meet those requirements to be admitted.

 Requirements for nonresidents of California admissions

Out-of-state applicants are not affected by impaction; however, you do need to complete the same coursework (A-G college preparatory courses) with a slightly higher eligibility index. Visit Cal State Apply for more information on minimum eligibility index score requirements.

Note: All first-time freshmen are required to submit SAT or ACT scores by the deadline.

Visit CSUN's impaction information page for more information.

Cost of attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for undergraduate freshmen who are California residents. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

If you are not a California resident, add $372 per unit to fees listed below. All costs are estimates and subject to change.

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582   
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$2,484$4,968
Loan fees$35$70
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800 $1,600 
Room and board$5,136 $10,272 
Loan fees $35 $70 
Total $10,277 $20,554 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$5,679$11,358
Loan fees$35$70

California State University 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, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

Degrees and options

Degrees and options offered at CSUN are listed below in alphabetical order. If applicable, options are listed directly underneath the accompanying major. Visit the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN.

Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still accept students. Check the admissions calendar for exceptions.

Accountancy (B.S., M.S.)*
Information Systems, Professional Accountancy

Africana Studies (B.A.)
African-American Urban Education, African and African-American Humanities and Cultural Studies, African and African-American Social Sciences

Anthropology (B.A., M.A.)
Public Archaeology

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A.)
Visual Arts

Asian American Studies (B.A.)

Athletic Training (B.S.)*

Biochemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Biology (B.S., M.S.)*
Biotechnology/Medical Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate, Systems and Operations Management

Central American Studies (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Chicano and Chicana Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A.)
Applied Developmental Science, Early Childhood Development

Cinema and Television Arts (B.A.)*
Electronic Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Screenwriting, Television Production

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Communication Disorders (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A., M.A.)*

Communicative Disorders (M.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S, M.S.)

Computer Information Technology (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S., M.S.)

Construction Management (B.S.)

Counseling (M.S.)
Career Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Education (M.A.)
Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

Educational Administration (M.A.)

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Community College Leadership, P-12 Leadership

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering Management (B.S., M.S.)

English (B.A., M.A.)
Creative Writing, Four Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Honors English, Junior-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Environmental and Occupational Health (B.S., M.S.)
Industrial Hygiene

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S., M.S.)
Apparel Design and Merchandising; Consumer Affairs; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Nutrition, 
Dietetics and Food Science

Finance (B.S.)*

French (B.A.)

Gender and Women's Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A., M.A.)
Geographic Information Science

Geology (B.S., M.S.)

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)*

History (B.A., M.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Kinesiology (B.S., M.S.)*
Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development, Dance, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Studies

Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Armenian, French, Italian, Japanese

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Freshmen, Integrated Teacher Education Junior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Credential Program

Linguistics (B.A., M.A.)

Management (B.S.)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Marketing (B.S.)

Mass Communication (M.A.)

Materials Engineering (M.S.)

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Applied Mathematical Sciences, Four Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Secondary Teaching, Statistics

Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Modern Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Music (B.A, B.M., M.M.)*
Breadth Studies, Collaborative Piano Performance, Composition, Composition/Commercial and Media Writing, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Percussion, Performance, Strings, Vocal Arts, Winds

Nursing (R.N., B.A., or B.S. to B.S.N.) 

Nursing — Post Licensure

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Political Science (B.A., M.A.)
Law and Society, Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management

Psychology (B.A., M.A.)*
Clinical Psychology, General Experimental Psychology, Honors Psychology

Public Health (B.S., M.P.H.)*
Applied Epidemiology,  Community Health Education

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)*

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

Social Work (M.S.W.)

Sociology (B.A., M.A.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Welfare and Social Justice

Software Engineering (M.S.)

Spanish (B.A., M.A.)
Hispanic Linguistics, Language and Culture, Literature

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Educational Therapy, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Special Major (B.A.)

Structural Engineering (M.S.)

Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Theatre (B.A., M.A.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management (B.A., M.S.)

Urban Planning (M.U.P.)

Urban Studies and Planning (B.A.)

 * These majors are impacted. Find out more about impaction, including information on out-of-area admissions. Impaction areas are subject to change. Out-of-state admissions are not affected.

How to apply

If you are a first-time freshman, you must submit an online application through Cal State Apply.

To simplify the admissions process, gather your important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores, etc.) and have them handy when completing the online application. You should also request official transcripts and test scores, and have them sent to the CSUN Admissions and Records office. Review deadlines and program status in the admissions calendar.