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 an education at a California State University, several CSU campuses now manage the number of students that are admitted using a strategy known as impaction. California State University, Northridge has implemented regional and academic-based impaction to align with CSU enrollment targets.

What does this mean for you? Admissions requirements now vary depending on whether you are a local area or nonlocal area applicant, and what major you plan to apply for. Out-of-state students are not affected by impaction. Read more about freshman admissions.

Cost of attendance

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. For more information regarding California State University, Northridge costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

Degrees and options

California State University, Northridge offers more than 60 undergraduate degrees and more than 70 master's programs across nine academic colleges. Visit the CSUN catalog website for the most up-to-date listing.

How to apply

Ready to begin the admissions process? Start by reading the application instructions for first-time freshman, which outlines eligibility requirements, as well as step-by-step application guidelines. All first-time freshman applicants will be required to submit an online application through Cal State Apply, as well as official transcripts and test scores. For more information, contact Admissions and Records.