This is an archive of the 2016-2017 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2016-2017 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit


Policies and Procedures by Keyword: Admission

Admission to Graduate Study with CSUN Bachelor’s Degree

CSUN bachelor’s degree graduates who plan to continue enrollment at Northridge the semester following their graduation must submit the appropriate application forms to the Office of Admissions and Records during the final semester of their undergraduate work. Determination of eligibility to continue in graduate enrollment is made by the major department and/or the Credentials Office …

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University. Admissions …

Application Filing Periods

Application Filing Periods (Not all CSU campuses/programs are open for admission to every term.) Terms Applications First Accepted Initial Filing Period Summer Semester or Quarter (Some campuses do not admit students to Summer term.) February 1 February 1-28 Fall Semester or Quarter October 1 October 1-November 30 Winter Quarter June 1 June 1-30 Spring Semester …

Foreign Language Subject Requirement

The foreign language subject requirement may be satisfied by applicants who demonstrate competence in a language other than English equivalent to or higher than expected of students who complete 2 years of foreign language study. Students should consult with their school counselor or any CSU Campus Admission or Relations with Schools Office for more information.

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements The following information applies generally to all 23 campuses of the California State University system. For information specific to CSUN graduate and post-baccalaureate admission requirements, please refer to the Graduate Studies section of this Catalog and to the Admissions and Records website. Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate …

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application Procedures

The following information applies generally to all 23 campuses of the California State University system. For information specific to CSUN graduate and post-baccalaureate application procedures, please refer to the Graduate Studies section of this Catalog and to the Admissions and Records website. All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g., Ed.D., joint Ph.D. applicants, master’s degree applicants, those seeking educational credentials or certificates, …

Hardship Petitions

The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should contact the Office of Admissions and Records regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.

Impacted Programs

The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for Fall terms, June for Winter terms, August for Spring terms, February for Summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus that they are offered; others are impacted …

Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents

CSUN advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation …

International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements

Undergraduate and Graduate Applicants The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of “foreign students.” Verification of English proficiency (see the …

Other Undergraduate Applicants

Applicants not admissible under the established provisions should enroll in a community college or other appropriate institution. Only under the most unusual circumstances will such applicants be permitted to enroll at CSUN. Permission is granted only by special action.


The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.

Undergraduate Application Procedures

Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to “The California State University” or by credit card and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An …