Student Success

First Year Programs

Programs and Services That Are Just For First Year Students

Freshman Advisement

Most first-year freshmen receive advising, support and enrollment assistance from the Matador Advising Hub

Freshman Learning Clusters

Students in the 2019 freshman class were offered the opportunity to register in S3 Freshman course clusters. The S3 groups had students from the same major enrolled in the same three classes (usually one General Education class, one writing class, and one major class). This scheduling gives them the opportunity to meet other new students in their major and form unofficial cohorts with one another.

Matador Academic Challenge

CSUN encourages all first-time full-time freshmen to enroll in a full load each semester. If a first-time freshman tries the 15-unit load, but then decides they would like to reduce their class load (after the regular add/drop period), they may request to withdraw from one class for the current semester. Restrictions apply.

Academic First Year Experiences

Provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and first-year students (including freshman and new transfer students) to link curricular learning with co-curricular learning in ways that help new students make a successful transition to the University.

CSUN Mentorship Program

Peer mentoring program that promotes student success and aims to help students more easily navigate university life by exploring various campus resources and engagement/involvement opportunities.

New Student Convocation

An annual celebration of learning collaboratively planned by Student Affairs and Academic Affairs for the new students entering CSUN each fall. The event serves as a formal welcome extended to the entering class by the President, administration, and campus community.

Freshman Common Read

As a new freshman, you are invited to read and discuss a selected book as part of a campus-wide community of readers. Reading and talking about the book will remind you that shared intellectual engagement is at the very center of the academic community that you are a part of.

University 100

University 100, the Freshman Seminar, is CSUN’s student success course. Students completing the course earn a letter grade and three units of baccalaureate credit in General Education, Lifelong Learning. Approximately one-third of each year’s freshman class takes the course. Many sections are open to any interested freshmen; others are restricted to special populations including Honors, EOP, student athletes, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and students with particular majors including those who are Exploratory. Many sections of the course are linked to an additional GE class as part of the Freshman Connection

Parent Day

The Office of Student Involvement and Development provides Parent Day to support the families of new CSUN students in understanding how to become a partner in their student’s success.