Student Success

Student Engagement & Support

Campus resources to help you engage with the CSUN community

 

Engagement Opportunities

Associated Students (AS)

AS is the primary advocate for CSUN students and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to enhance and create a spirited learning-focused campus environment.

Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement enhances academic experiences through service learning, engaged research, and sustained partnerships within the San Fernando Valley, the greater Los Angeles Area and beyond.

Living Learning Community/Themed Living Community Programs

There are several Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and Themed Learning Communities (TLCs) that you can choose to be a part of. In the LLCs, housing residents are drawn from a specific recognized major, academic program or college on campus. In the TLCs, residents are not necessarily drawn from a specific recognized major, but rather are students who unite around a special theme. Each community offers its own scheduled events, academic support, and social activities.

Matador Day of Service

Get involved and meet other CSUN students while contributing to your local CSUN community.

Matador Involvement Center (MIC)

The place to learn more about getting involved on campus and meeting people with similar interests. Discover clubs and organizations, volunteer projects, fraternities and sororities, and resources for leadership development.

Office of Student Involvement and Development (OSID)

OSID exists to develop and support students in becoming engaged members and successful graduates of the CSUN community. Through purposeful co-curricular programming, advocacy, and advisement, OSID familiarizes students with the campus and its resources, fosters social connections and campus pride, provides opportunities for involvement and leadership development, and cultivates students’ passion to positively impact their communities.

Portfolium

CSUN’s electronic portfolio network for students and alumni. Showcase your work, projects, and activities.

University Student Union (USU)

A student-centered non-profit organization that works to expand the college experience through various programs, services, employment, and involvement opportunities.

Campus Resources

Matadors Rising is CSUN’s student success campaign. A key element of this effort is connecting students to the wide variety of campus resources that support students in their educational journey at CSUN

Academic Support

Academic Advisement

Freshman Advisement

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

Academic Advisement

Incoming EOP freshman and transfer students are served by the Student Services Center/EOP Satellite housed in their respective college

Degree Planning Tools

CSUN’s Degree Planning Tools include everything you need to build a plan for completing your degree

How To Guides

As a Cal State Northridge student, you have access to a growing number of web-based tools to view and manage your academic, financial, and personal information. Use the how to guides include everything you need to build a plan for completing your degree

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

DRES provides a variety of support services to empower students, foster independence, promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals, and assist students in discovering, developing, and demonstrating their full potential and abilities. DRES staff members work closely with faculty to facilitate service requests, serve as a resource for disability management issues and suggest accommodations.

Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

EOP designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to CSUN students. EOP provides services to historically low-income, historically educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college students; a population that not only reflects the diversity of CSUN’s feeder communities but also the diversity of the university itself. Programs include:

EOP Dream Center

A resource center for undocumented students and allies.

EOP Resilient Scholars

Support program for emancipated youth. Students have access and a personal point of contact with over 20 campus departments including the health and counseling centers, financial aid, and admissions and records.

EOP TRIO

A retention, persistence, and graduation support program for first-generation and low-income students.

National Center on Deafness (NCOD)

NCOD provides communication access, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and direct communication classes for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Registering with NCOD allows students to receive access to services such as interpreting, speech-to-text transcription, note taking, tutoring, academic advisement, and priority registration.

Pride Center

The Pride Center supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty, and staff through programming and educational outreach to improve the campus climate for LGBTQIA+ individuals as well as advocate for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community.

Veterans Resource Center

Assists CSUN students as they transition from military service to academic success. Promotes the academic, personal, and professional development of student veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their dependents through supportive services, resources, and community building events.

Tutoring

Tutoring

Learning Resource Center (LRC)

The LRC enables students to improve their academic performance through a variety of learning programs, including workshops. One on one and group tutoring, and supplemental instruction classes.

Peer Programs

Several colleges also offer tutoring services for specific courses. Find one of these specialized services here: https://www.csun.edu/matador-momentum/mentoring-and-peer-programs-csun-z

Mentoring

Mentoring

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.

Peer Programs

Several colleges also offer mentoring services for students in their majors.

Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

EOP designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to CSUN students. EOP provides services to historically low-income, historically educationally disadvantaged, first-generation college students; a population that not only reflects the diversity of CSUN’s feeder communities but also the diversity of the university itself.

Basic Needs Support

CSUN with a HEART

Addressing Hunger/Homeless and Emergency needs with Assistance and Resources Together

CSUN Food Pantry

Provides emergency nourishment and basic necessities at no cost to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. Supplies food and offers food program assistance to those who are without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.

Housing Instability Project

A listing of resources available to help and support students who may be experiencing homelessness and are looking for housing services.

University Counseling Services

Provides a variety of free short term counseling services to students, including individual counseling, crisis intervention, group and workshops, and psychiatric consultation.

Career Exploration and Development

Career Center

Offers career exploration and advisement along with job-search strategies to students and eligible alumni.

Internships

The Career Center can also provide information on internships and real-world connections to employers.

Many departments offer valuable internship opportunities for their students. Check with your department to find out what is currently available.

Research Opportunities

BUILD PODER

Trains undergraduate students to become biomedical researchers. Along with the National Research Mentoring Network and the Coordination and Evaluation Center, BUILD sites coordinate their activities and data to develop a national database of best practices.

HSI Pathways to the Professoriate

Prepares students to succeed in a Ph.D. program in the humanities or a related field.

Many departments also offer undergraduate research opportunities. Check with your department to find out what is currently available.

Financial Support

Financial Aid and Scholarship Department

Financial Literacy

Resources to help you make wise and informed decisions about your finances.

MataCare Emergency Grant

Matriculated CSUN students in good standing can apply for a MataCare Grant up to two times during their career at CSUN. These grants are meant to address urgent one-time needs.