Greetings, Matadors!

As the president of California State University, Northridge, I am pleased you have chosen CSUN to pursue your education and achieve your long term and professional goals. You should take great pride in being a student at a world-class university, known for its overall excellence, academic rigor, commitment to diversity, social justice and inclusion, and focus on student success. CSUN has always been a driving force for social and economic mobility, and we are pleased you are here.

During your studies at CSUN, the University Catalog will serve as an important reference and guide for your academic journey, options on your path to graduation, and information about your classes, major and campus policies. I encourage you to become familiar with the catalog to understand academic requirements, which will help ensure you graduate in a timely manner. Additionally, our academic advisors, faculty and others at CSUN are available to you for assistance and guidance. We are all here to help you and are committed to your progress and success.

As we emerge from the impact of COVID-19, we look ahead to the Fall 2021 semester and the start of a new academic year with great optimism and a return to vibrant campus life. Fall 2021 course sections will be offered online, hybrid with scheduled face-to-face components, or fully in-person, with numerous health and safety measures remaining in place to maximize the number of on–campus learning opportunities. Please be assured that whether attending class in person or remotely, CSUN remains deeply committed to your success and to an enriching and rewarding college experience. In addition to the many support services and programs to advance your academic progress, such as tutoring and mentor support, I encourage you to make the most of your college experience by getting involved at CSUN through clubs, student government and other activities. Our Student Recreation and Oasis Wellness Center also offer virtual services and classes, so I encourage you to explore their websites and contact them for details.

At CSUN, we strive to create an environment where students can empower themselves, realize their potential, and become the leaders we need for a brighter, more learned and just future. With this in mind, I hope you make the best of your university experience, and take full advantage of the opportunities, resources and services that are available to you during your studies here. The college years are a time of transformative personal and intellectual growth and exploration, and an opportunity to network and make lifelong friends, connections and memories. We are here to help make this happen for you and to support you in your educational pursuits.

Erika D. Beck, Ph.D.