Academic First Year Experiences

  • Book covers for the Freshman Common Reading at CSUN 2007-2016

Nomination Process

How to Nominate a Title

If you would like to nominate a title for the 2022-2023 Freshman Common Reading Program at Cal State Northridge, please review the criteria to determine whether your suggestion is likely to be a good fit for our program and then fill out the online nomination form. Note the deadline for nominations: nominations for 2021-2022 will close on June 1, 2021

We accept nominations from all members of the CSUN community: faculty, staff, students, administrators, and alumni.

Titles Nominated for 2020-2021

Here's the complete list of titles nominated for 2020-2021

How We Pick the Books

The Freshman Common Reading Selection Committee members volunteer their service each year. CSUN students, staff, and faculty who would like to join next year's committee are welcome to contact Susanna Eng-Ziskin on campus at x4679 or via email at before mid-October. CSUN freshmen have offered crucial advice in recent years and are warmly welcome to help us select next year's book.

The Committee typically meets twice: once in October to choose a short list of finalists from the list of nominated titles; and a second time in January to select from the short list the winning title for the upcoming academic year. If you might be interested, take a look at the Committee Guidelines.

Got opinions about next year's nominated titles? 

If you'd like to share your opinion about any of the nominated books, please do! You can submit your opinions for the committee by emailing Susanna Eng-ZIskin at .