Academic Leave (Leave of Absence) Undergraduate Policy

Undergraduate students in good standing may take a 2-semester leave of absence. Though no formal approval is required, it is suggested that students seek academic advisement.

To encourage continuing students with satisfactory scholastic performance to return to CSUN following an absence, the University will automatically place qualified resident and non-resident students on a Leave of Absence if they:

1. Were matriculated students in the semester immediately prior to the beginning of the leave;

2. Were not disqualified at the close of the semester; and

3. Did not receive an Undergraduate Degree at the end of the preceding regular or Summer term at CSUN. Eligible students who do not enroll in classes or who officially withdraw from all their classes within the first 20 days of instruction are placed on leave for that semester. If they do not register in the following semester, they are granted an additional semester of leave. Foreign students with J or F visas are eligible for leave, but must request the prior approval of their International Student Advisor and apply for a leave of absence.

Classified graduate students in Degree Programs should contact their Departments before the end of their last semester of attendance. Continuing students who do not enroll in the third semester after the 2 semesters of leave must reapply for admission. New and returning students are not placed on any leave of absence and must file a new application during the next available application filing period.