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The 2022 Freshman Celebration


The 2022 Freshman Celebration

The 17th Annual Freshman Celebration will be held the week of November 28.

  • On-site projects will be displayed in the Northridge Center on Wednesday, November 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Thursday, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Freshman Celebration is an annual CSUN event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 during the fall semester at Cal State Northridge. This year, we are excited to return to our dual format with traditional projects displayed on-site at the showcase in the Northridge Center and digital projects displayed online in Canvas. We invite you to stop by and view the projects during the 2-day event. We hope you'll join us!

2022 Freshman Celebration Prize Awards

       A Judges' Grand Prize* and a People's Choice Award will be given in each category

  • On-Site Projects
  • Digital Projects

Judges' Grand Prize Criteria*

  • Critical thinking (defined in the Information Competence Vocabulary list at the University Library as “The process of effectively examining and questioning information in order to weigh evidence and make choices and/or take action”.
    • Including appropriate credit to sources, if applicable
  • Significance and importance of content and/or meaning
  • Creativity, artistry, and aesthetic value


About the Freshman Celebration

The first Freshman Celebration at CSUN took place in 2006 with participation limited to Freshman Connection students. In 2007 the Celebration was opened to all students enrolled in a fall U100 class. As enrollment has continued to grow, so has the Celebration. 

Each fall, freshmen taking University 100 are invited to participate in a campus-wide celebration of their first-semester academic achievements. This showcase, the Freshman Celebration, is modeled on CSUN's Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research and Creative Works Symposium. The student projects often (but not always) are related to the current year's Freshman Common Reading (on hiatus for academic year 2022-23), or to their Information Competence Research Project or their Community-Based Learning Project.