UNIVERSITY CATALOG: 2020-2021

Policies and Procedures by Category: Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, applicants who are 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if they meet all of the following conditions: Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations). Has …

California Promise

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of CSU campuses to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4 years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in …

Early Start Program

The goal of the Early Start Program (ESP) is to better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students’ chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. Note: If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before …

Freshman Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements: Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE); Have completed the 15-unit comprehensive “a-g” pattern of college preparatory courses; Have completed, with grades …

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement/Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination

All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. At CSUN, all students who have met the lower division writing requirement, completed 56 units or more, and intend to graduate with a baccalaureate or master’s degree are required to demonstrate their writing proficiency in one of two ways. Students may pass …

High School Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment.

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 nonimmigrant classifications. The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign students. Verification of English proficiency (see …

Returning Student Admission Requirements

Returning Students in Good Standing Admission requirements depend on returning students’ academic standing in their last semester of attendance at CSUN. Returning undergraduate and graduate students in good standing are not required to meet additional admission criteria. However, students should provide the Office of Admissions and Records with official transcripts of any coursework completed since …

Test and Other Admission Requirements

English Language Requirement All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a score of 61 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors …

Transfer Policies of CSU Campuses

Most commonly, college-level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus. California Community Colleges (CCC) and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) …

Undergraduate Applicants, Other

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.