CSU NorthRidge

Established in 1958

Freshman information:

Are you a first-time freshman?

A first-time freshman is a student who has earned no college credit after the summer immediately following high school graduation. First-time freshmen must apply for admission before the end of the initial application filing

This is CSU NorthRidge:

Eligibility Requirements

1. Graduate from high school or have the legal equivalent of a high school diploma.

2. Complete the college preparatory subject requirements (a-g course list) with a grade of C or better:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years. Algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
  • Social Science/History: 2 years, including 1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government
  • Science: 2 years. 1 biological science with lab, and 1 physical science with lab
  • Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year. Art, dance, drama/theater, or music
  • Electives: 1 year. Selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and agriculture

3. SAT or ACT test scores must be received by Admissions and Records no later than Tuesday, February 2, 2016, for Fall 2016 admission. The last opportunity to take the tests is in early December 2015. Register 5 weeks or more before the test date.

4. Earn a qualifiable eligibility index. The CSU index state wide is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

Local area applicants graduating from California schools inside the defined Local admission area must possess a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.

5. If your desired major is impacted, you will also need to meet the supplementary admission criteria for that major. Because admission capacity is limited, you should also apply to an alternate campus that offers your desired major. Read more at impacted majors

How to apply?

How to Apply

Take these steps to apply for admission:

  1. Apply for admission during the initial filing period published at admission calendar Review application deadlines and major status (open, closed or exceptions if any).
  2. File an online application through CSu mentor during the initial filing period. For Fall 2016 admission, the initial filing period ends November 30, 2015.
  3. Have important documents (grades, transcripts, test scores) handy when completing the online application.
  4. Send us your preliminary high school transcript as soon as you complete the first semester of your senior year.
  5. Send your final high school transcript verifying graduation date as soon as you graduate.
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Dead lines and important dates!

Application and Document Deadlines

Task or DocumentSpring 2016*Fall 2016

Last day to apply for admission8/31/2015 (Paper application)11/30/2015

Send official preliminary high school transcriptN/AAfter you apply and as soon as you complete the 1st semester of your senior year

Send official final high school transcript verifying graduation date With paper application packet

Send official college transcripts (if any).

As soon as grades are posted

Send official test scores if you have taken any Advanced Placement, International Baccaluareate, or CLEP tests With paper application packet As soon as test scores are available

Last day for CSUN to receive SAT/ACT test scores With paper application packet 2/2/2016

Last day to file Intent to Register in myNorthridge**12/1/20155/2/2016

Last day to take EPT/ELM placement tests Make arrangements on the ETS website 5/7/2016***

Last day for CSUN to receive EPT/ELM scores 10/31/2015 Arrange for ETS to send scores to CSUN school code 4707.

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Student Housing at CSUN


Spend your first year with 32 other freshmen like you. The Suites are designed especially for students who are experiencing college for the first time.


Furnished two-bedroom units
Two students to a bedroom
One bed, dresser, desk and chair per student
Cable and Wi-Fi ready
Semiprivate bathroom
No kitchen (a meal plan is required)
Communal living and study areas

Financial Aid for HousingTo activate tabpage press spacebar.

If you receive $4,300 or more in financial aid and plan to live on campus, you must log in to your Student housing portal to verify your financial aid.

Your financial aid automatically pays university tuition and fees first. All leftover funds go toward housing. If you do not receive enough aid to cover housing and related fees, you are responsible for the remaining balance.

Payment PlansTo activate tabpage press spacebar.

You may choose either the monthly installment plan or make a full payment each semester. You may view charges and pay online via My Checklist on the myNorthridge Portal.

IS this the right school for me?

By researching and seeing how this campus looks like. This is the campus for me for many reasons.Because its in LA where there's so much to do there's never a day of just home being bard. They have my major of criminal justice that I want to study to become a CHP officer later on.Also Its away from home I don't want to stay close to home and I think i need some freedom from my mom and dad they also have a baseball team there that I would want to try to try out for going to there school in person ad attending there camp it made me think that it was a good fit for me to go and study there.