UGS

UGS-International Academic Advisement

 

New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process

Pre-Enrollment Step #1 -Not Anymore- Title IX Training

To maintain a safe environment CSUN staff and students are required to complete "Not Anymore"(.pdf), an online, violence prevention program. To complete this training and have the Title IX hold removed please log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal and locate the link for "Not Anymore". If you need extra assistance view the step by step how-to guide here. New international students cannot be enrolled into classes until they complete this training.

Pre-Enrollment Step #2 -Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop

The Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop explains entrance exams, the pre-enrollment process, and new undergraduate international student’s responsibilities. The workshop also explains the Response Questionnaire which must be completed for students to be enrolled into courses.

This presentation is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College or international graduate students.

Pre-Enrollment Step #3 -Response Questionnaire

To inform CSUN that you accept the offer of admission, please complete the New International Student Response Form. The Response Questionnaire informs us of your intent to attend and notifies us of any schedule preference/restrictions you may have. New international students cannot be enrolled into classes until they complete this form. If you do not accept the offer of admission or plan to defer enrollment, please complete this form.

This Response Questionnaire is not meant for the "Semester at CSUN" international program offered through Tseng College or international graduate students. International graduate students should contact the graduate coordinator of their masters program for academic advisement.

First-Time International (F-1) Freshmen Student Checklists–Spring 2018

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Spring 2018 First-Time International (F-1) Freshman Student Checklists (.pdf)PDF icon

These three freshmen student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Class Enrollment & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3 & 4 are mandatory in order to be pre-enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records sent to the email address you provided on your admission application. You will be directed to a webpage to authenticate your identification. Then, you will be able to set your password. 
  • Once you've set up your account, use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 1), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop/Academic Advisement

  • All Student MUST complete the Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop in order to be enrolled in classes. This step is Mandatory.
Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.


Response Questionnaire

 

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 

Calendar of August 2017 

 5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Spring 2018 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Saturday-only classes and Friday/Saturday classes begin Saturday, January 20,2018.
  • For complete 2017-2018 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Fall Semester 2017 Checklist



1) Become familiar with the University Catalog and Degree Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.
2) Become familiar with your Student Portal. Start by browsing the Schedule of Classes through Class Search.  Learn about Class Search, myNorthridge and the SOLAR Student Center with the How To Guides.
 

Math Selection Assessment

 

3) PLACEMENT TESTS: All students need to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine which level math you are prepared to take in your first semester.

MSA: students will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country through ALEKS online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment that will indicate which math course you are eligible to take.

MSA Exemption: Some students are exempt from the MSA based on their transfer college GE writing and math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement) scores. To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

Students who do not take the  MSA (or do not have an exemption from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level math and will have added semesters to their education plan.

English: There is no English Placement Test. Placement into English will depend on high school coursework, transferable college GE English, SAT, ACT, IB, GCE A-Level, AP, or other external standardized exams.

 

Chemistry Placement Test

4) Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Occupational Health, or other Science majors! The Math Selection Assessment (MSA) and/or Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) may be required for students in these major. For example, the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) must be passed before students can enroll in Chemistry 101/101L. Find out if you need a department exam!

 

 

  

 

Degree Progress Report 

5) TRANSFER COURSES: If you are a freshman who has taken college courses, use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner. (This only applies to college level courses)

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

 

1) Understand the "V" and "F" holds.

  • All international students will have an “Advisement Mandatory” hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The advisement hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed.
  • The “Foreign” hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who awaits your arrival for check-in before they remove the hold. IESC needs items from you before you can be checked in. Please see “Immigration Requirements for Spring 2018 Admit” for all immigration requirements including Health Insurance, Documents, Online Workshops, etc.

 2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

New Student Orientation is Mandatory! This half day event will introduce you to the University, provide important information, and enable you to meet new friends.

To register, call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso. (Registration may not be available until end of December)

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid after you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by January, 26, 2018. If you do not pay on time, you may be disenrolled from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at Student Finance.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

 

Executive Orders

5) Attention Freshmen! EXECUTIVE ORDERS!

All students are required to complete their English Composition and Math in their first semester. Students who are taking developmental Math (Math 92/93) or  Freshman Composition (AAS/AFRS/CAS/CHS/ENGL/LING/QS 113A or 114A) must enroll continuously in the proper Math and English Composition sequence until GE Math and English Composition is completed.

Students need to complete GE Critical Thinking and Oral Communication within 60 units. All GE Basic  Skills courses (Math, English, Critical Thinking, & oral Communication) must be completed with a grade "C-" or better.


WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Student Checklists – Spring 2018

Welcome to California State University, Northridge

Download and print the Spring 2018 First-Time International (F-1) Transfer Student Checklists (.pdf)PDF icon

These three transfer student checklists will guide you through the necessary steps toward a successful first semester at CSUN. Hint: Click on the images and be taken to the correct pages to complete each item.

Class Enrollment & Academic Advising Checklist

Completion of Step 2, 3, & 4 are mandatory in order to be pre-enrolled in classes.

 


 

1) ACTIVATE YOUR CSUN ACCOUNT.

  • Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from Admissions and Records sent to the email address you provided on your admission application. You will be directed to a webpage to authenticate your identification. Then, you will be able to set your password. 
  • Once you’ve set up your account, use your User ID and Password to log into your CSUN-issued Gmail account. Use your CSUN email account for all official communication between you and CSUN faculty and staff. Check your CSUN email account regularly!
Not Anymore

2) NOT ANYMORE - Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program

  • All students MUST complete the “Not Anymore” training before they can be pre-enrolled in classes. Log into your MyNorthridge Student Portal (see step 1), click on “Home” tab, then under “My Checklist,” look for the link to complete the “Not Anymore” training. This step is Mandatory!

 

 

3) Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop/Advisement

  • All Student MUST complete the Online Pre-Enrollment Workshop in order to be enrolled in classes. This step is Mandatory.
Meeting with an International Academic Advisors in-person is NOT mandatory. If students wish to meet with an International Academic Advisor or have academic questions, call 818-677-6968 or email ugs.intladvisor@csun.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Response Questionnaire

4) File the RESPONSE QUESTIONNAIRE within 14 days of admission.

All first semester undergraduate international students will be pre-enrolled in classes. Since many generally do not arrive at CSUN until one or two weeks prior to start of the semester and classes become full quick, this practice ensures that students are enrolled classes they need and have at least 12 units to meet their visa requirements. Students do not register for classes on their own. The only way to be registered for classes is by filling out this Response Questionnaire! This Step is Mandatory.

 

Calendar for August 2017

 

5) FIRST DAY OF CLASS

  • Spring 2018 weekday (Monday through Friday) classes begin Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Saturday-only classes and Friday/Saturday classes begin Saturday, January 20, 2018.
  • For complete 2017-2018 Academic Calendar, including holidays, click on the calendar image to the left.

Preparing for Fall 2017 Checklist



 

1) Review and become familiar with the University Catalog and Road Map prior to the start of the semester.

  • The Catalog describes every major, all courses CSUN offers, and provides vital information about academic policies and university regulations.
  • The Degree Road Map helps you plan and preview your courses from your first semester to degree completion.

Math Selection Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

2) PLACEMENT TESTS:

Some transfer students may need to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA) to determine the right math level you are prepared to take in your first semester.

MSA: students who need the MSA will be enrolled in an online preliminary assessment called ALEKS. You can practice for the MSA while you are in your home country through ALEKS online. Then, you take the CSUN-proctored Math Selection Assessment that will indicates which math course you are eligible to take.

MSA Exemption: Some students are exempt from the MSA based on their transfer college GE writing and math, SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), ACT (American College Test), or AP (Advanced Placement) scores. To learn about exemptions, test dates, register online, visit the CSUN Testing Center.

Students who do not take the MSA (or do not have an exemption from the exams) will be placed into the lowest level math and will have added semesters to their education plan.

English: There is no English Placement Test. Placement into English will depend on high school coursework, transferable college GE English, SAT, ACT, IB, GCE A-Level, AP, or other external standardized exams.

 

Chemistry Placement Test

3) Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Occupational Health, or other Science majors! The Math Selection Assessment (MSA) and/or Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) may be required for students in these major. For example, the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) must be passed before students can enroll in Chemistry 101/101L. Find out if you need a department exam!

 

 

 

Turn in Transcripts

4) TRANSCRIPTS: Official international transcripts must be postmarked or hand delivered to the International Admissions Office Bayramian Hall, Room 160 by November 15, 2017.

Official domestic transcripts may be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions & Records, also located in Bayramian Hall, Lobby area.

 

 

 

Degree Progress Report

5) TRANSFER COURSES: Use the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and Planner, to check the placement of your transfer courses into CSUN major and degree requirement sections. For a preview, see the How to Guides on DPR and Planner.

If your transcripts have not yet been evaluated, your transfer courses will not yet display in DPR/Planner. You may visit www.assist.org to find California community college and CSUN course equivalents.

 

Other Important Tasks to be Completed Checklist

 

  

1) Understand the "V" and "F" holds.

  • All international transfer students will have a "V" hold on their account. First semester students go through the pre-enrollment process after completing the Response Questionnaire. The V hold prevents schedule change and remains active for the first semester and is not removed. 
  • The "F" hold is by the International & Exchange Student Center (IESC) who awaits your arrival for check-in before they remove the hold. IESC needs items from you before you can be checked in. Please see “Immigration Requirements for Spring 2018 Admit,” for all immigration requirements including Health Insurance, Documents, Online Workshops, etc.
 

2) NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENTS:

Register to attend New Student Orientation to learn about the University, receive useful information, and meet other transfer students.

Call 818-677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso to register. (Registration may not be available until summer)

 

 

 

 

3) TUITION AND FEES: Pay your tuition and other fees on time. For your first semester, tuition payment may be paid when you are enrolled in classes, but no later than the deadlines published in the Fee Payment Schedule. First semester international tuition is due by January 26, 2018. If you do not pay on time, you will be disenrolled from courses. Get details on tuition and fees, payment due dates, installment plans and more at University Cash Services.

 

 

Immunization Requirements

4) CSU IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS for measles, rubella and hepatitis B.

  • If you attended a California public middle or high school, you have probably met the requirement.
  • If not, complete the measles and rubella immunization requirement during your first semester of classes. Complete the hepatitis B requirement during your second semester. For more information, including the consequences of non-compliance and other immunization considerations, see the Klotz Student Health Center website Immunization Requirements.

 

  

UDWPE

5) UPPER DIVISION WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM (UDWPE): If you are transferring to CSUN with at least 60 units, then register for the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) at the beginning of your first semester at CSUN. Undergraduate students are encouraged to take the UDWPE as early as possible, but must take the exam no later than the semester in which 75 units will be completed.

Students who have not attempted the UDWPE by the completion of 75 units will have a hold placed on their subsequent class registration. Some upper division major courses require a passing score on the UDWPE before you can enroll so plan ahead and avoid enrollment delays. Information on the exam including registration details is located at www.csun.edu/udwpe.

 

WITHDRAWAL NOTICE: It is the sole responsibility of the student to notify International Admissions and the International Advisor of your intent to withdraw from classes as soon as possible or within the first THREE WEEKS of the semester. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees, the assignment of failing grades, and the need to reapply for admission to CSUN.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Student Orientation

Sign up for the New Student Orientation to receive useful information about what to expect at CSUN, tour the campus, and meet fellow international students. Call (818) 677-4100 or go to www.csun.edu/nso/international to register.

Important Dates and Deadlines for the First Semester

  • October 31, 2017 – International Student Deadline to apply for Spring 2018
  • November 10, 2017 – Veterans’ Day, Campus Closed (No class instruction on November 11)
  • Nov 15, 2017 – Document Deadline for Spring 2018 applications
  • November 23-24 – Thanksgiving Recess, Campus Closed (No class instruction on November 25-26)
  • December 13, 2017 – Earliest entry date into the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • December 25, 2017 - January 1, 2018 – Winter Recess, Campus Closed
  • January 12, 2018 – Deadline for spring applicants to enter the U.S. on F-1 Visa
  • January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr Day, Campus Closed 
  • January 18, 2018 – New (F-1) International Student Orientation
  • January 19,2018 – 3:00 p.m. Deadline to take the Math Selection Assessment (MSA). Eligible students already in the U.S. can begin taking the MSA starting January 8th by appointment with the office of Developmental Mathematics (818) 677-2231.
  • January 20, 2018 – Saturday only and Friday/Saturday classes begin, students should view specific meeting dates in class search.
  • January 22, 2018 – Weekday classes begin
  • January 26,2018 – Tuition payment deadline for new International Students
  • January 26, 2018 – Schedule Change Request Deadline by 4:00 p.m
  • January 29, 2018 - February 9, 2018 (Weeks 2&3) – Permission numbers are required to add all classes
  • February 9, 2018 – Last day to request add/drop classes (Friday of Week 3) by 4:00 p.m.
  • March 19., 2017- March 25, 2017 - Spring Recess (No class instruction)
  • March 30, 2018 - Caesar Chavez Holiday, Campus Closed
  • May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day, Campus Closed

 

For additional Academic Calendar dates, please link to Student Academic Calendar.

Academic Support and Tutoring Resources

Practice English Language Skills- Conversation Swap (.pdf)PDF icon

Academic Support Group- I-Care (.pdf)PDF icon

Tutoring Resources (.pdf)

GPA Calculator (.xls)

Important Note Regarding Accessibility: Students using accessibility technology should be aware that this document may result in limited access to some features of the Excel GPA calculator document. Students who require assistance calculating their GPA and have problems accessing the above GPA calculator may contact their academic advisor for further assistance.

2nd Semester Advisement

International students in their 2nd and subsequent semesters should seek academic advisement from their designated major advisors. Major advisors will prepare international students to register themselves for the 2nd semester and on. Academic advisement is mandatory for 2nd semester first-time freshman and some transfer students, however it is highly recommended for all students.

If your major requires advisement before registration, you will have a major advisement hold. The hold will be cleared only when you meet with your major advisor. To view registration holds, log into “myNorthridge” with your CSUN User ID and Password, locate My Checklist and review the Incomplete Tasks section. For questions or to set up an appointment, the complete list of contacts for your major's advisement center is below.

Colleges & Advising CentersMajors

Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Nordhoff Hall (NH) 135
818-677-2024
Refer to grid on website.


  • Art
  • CTVA
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Theatre

David Nazarian College of Business and Economics
Bookstein Hall (BB) 2113
818-677-3537









  • Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Administration (with options in 
  • Business Law, 
  • Global Supply Chain Management, 
  • Real Estate, or 
  • Systems and Operations Management)

Michael D. Eisner College of Education
Education (ED) 1107
818-677-5116

  • Deaf Studies




College of Engineering and Computer Science
Jacaranda (JD) 1501
818-677-2191



 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

College of Health and Human Development
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 111
818-677-2883








  • Athletic Training
  • Child Development
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Health Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Public Health
  • Recreation & Tourism Management
  • Recreation Therapy

College of Humanities
Jerome Richfield (JR) 240
818-677-4784







  • Asian-American Studies
  • Central American Studies
  • Chicano/a Studies
  • English
  • Gender & Women Studies
  • Languages
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Jewish Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

College of Science and Mathematics
Eucalyptus Hall (EH) 2126
818-677-4558

 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sierra Hall (SH) 204
818-677-2658




  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies & Planning