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The 2017 Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2017!

The Freshman Celebration is an annual CSUN event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 at Cal State Northridge. The event has a dual format with traditional projects displayed live at the showcase and virtual projects displayed digitally. We are excited to announce that the virtual projects this year will be posted using Portfolium. Portfolium is a digital ePortfolio that students can use throughout their college career and beyond to showcase their work, projects, and activities.

We will be hosting our 12th Freshman Celebration on November 29 & 30 (Wednesday and Thursday) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day in the University Student Union's Grand Salon.

About the Freshman Celebration

Welcome to 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 event is essentially a two-day festival, during which students and visitors come and go throughout the day between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The student projects often (but not always) respond to the current year's Freshman Common Reading, which in 2017-2018 is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Traditional projects including posters, sculptures, and a wide range of interactive exhibits, are displayed in the University Student Union during the two days of the Celebration. Virtual (Portfolium) projects include videos, slideshows, blogs, and more.

2017 Awards

Four awards will be given this year. Students who visit the Celebration in person can place their votes for the People's Choice Award (traditional project).  Those who view the Portfolium projects can place their votes for the People's Choice Award (virtual project). A panel of CSUN faculty and staff judges will select two Grand Prize award winners: one for a traditional project and the other for a virtual project. Each class that receives an award will enjoy a pizza party in their classroom.  

Grand Prize Judging Criteria

Traditional Projects

  • Critical thinking (including appropriate credit to sources, if applicable)
  • Significance of content and/or meaning
  • Creativity, artistry, and aesthetic value

Virtual Projects

  • Critical thinking (including appropriate credit to sources, if applicable)
  • Significance of content and/or meaning
  • Creativity, artistry, and aesthetic value
  • Adherence to time limit
  • Accessibility (captioning)