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The 2020 Freshman Celebration

Welcome to the Freshman Celebration 2020!

The Freshman Celebration is an annual CSUN event that showcases work created by first-time freshmen enrolled in University 100 during the fall semester at Cal State Northridge. The event usually has a dual format with traditional projects displayed on-site at the showcase and digital projects displayed online using Portfolium. Portfolium is a digital portfolio network that students can use throughout their college career and beyond to showcase their work, projects, and activities. Due to the virtual environment of the fall 2020 semester, all projects will be displayed using Portfolium.

This year's Freshman Celebration will be from Monday, November 16 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, November 19 at 5 p.m.

Link to 2020 Freshman Celebration Projects

2020 Awards

Two awards will be given out this year.

  • Judges' Grand Prize for a motion-graphics project (animation, video, etc.)
  • Judges' Grand Prize for a still image(s) project (photography, graphic design, illustration, etc.)

Judges' Grand Prize Criteria

  • Critical thinking (defined in the Information Competence Vocabulary list at Oviatt Library as “The process of effectively examining and questioning information in order to weigh evidence and make choices and/or take action”; see
    • Including appropriate credit to sources, if applicable
  • Significance and importance of content and/or meaning
  • Creativity, artistry, and aesthetic value
  • Captions and/or text (accuracy and grammar)

About 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 festival, during which students and visitors are able to view projects throughout the week. The student projects often (but not always) respond to the current year's Freshman Common Reading, which in 2020-2021 is Educated by Tara Westover.